Entertaining

New Year’s Eve Party

The man in my life dropped a bombshell on me this morning (sigh). Apparantly, he volunteered our home for this year’s New Year’s Eve Party!  Alright…deep breath.

Invitations:

Since it’s rather last minute, I’m going to need to find some premade invites for our guests.  I know that I can rely on Paper Trails, a Cleveland Stationery store, to help me find just what I need.  They have a wide variety of invites, stationery and envelope styles that will make my life a whole lot easier!

Menu:

Since I have no idea the number of guests, it’s probably best to just create a sampling of different foods.  Besides, a huge grocery shopping list will just add stress to the event planning process so I’ve decided on these simple hors d’oeuvres.  Most of these recipes are courtesy of Real Simple.

Goat Cheese with Pistachios and Cranberries:

Ingredients:

– 2 tablespoons roasted pistachios, chopped;

– 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, chopped;

– 1 8- to 10-ounce log of fresh goat cheese;

– Crackers for serving

Directions:

On a large plate, combine the pistachios and cranberries.  Then roll the goat cheese log in the mixture making sure to coat it evenly.  Serve.

Shrimp with Terragon Aioli:

Ingredients:

– 1 cup mayonnaise

– 3/4 cup dill pickles, finely chopped

– 4 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped

– salt & pepper

– 5 pounds cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp

– 1 cup store-bought cocktail sauce

 

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pickles, tarragon and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with cocktail sauce and shrimp.

Blue Cheese & Fig Crostini:

Ingredients:

-48 thin slices baguette

-4 tablespoons olive oil

-Thinly sliced blue cheese

-fig chutney

Directions:

Dividing evenly, spread fig chutney on 48 crostini.  Top with thin slice of blue cheese.

Cheese Platter:

– Roquefort (or other blue cheese)

– Manchego (or other semifirm cheese)

– Parmigiano-Reggiano (or other super-aged cheese)

– Taleggio (or other pungent cheese)

– Chaource (or other mild cheese)

Accompaniments:

– Grapes

– Crackers

– 1 Baguette

– Honey

– Chutney

– Sun dried tomatoes

– Dried sausage or cured meat such as prosciutto

– Also consider apples, pears, or raisin-walnut bread

 

I found a few great cocktail recipes at Real Simple, including Winter Sangria, Spiked Sparkling Cider and Tequila Grapefruit Splash.  Aside from these tasty concoctions, I’ll serve a few bottles of wine (both red and white varieties).

Decor:

Less is more (in my opinion) so I think I’m going to go with a simple banner for above our fireplace.  This one, made by ArmyMOMofTwins on Etsy, is just $20.00!!

 

Now that I found a super-d-duper banner, I need to find something to hang from the ceilings or something…I’m thinking modern day disco ball?  NOT surprisingly, Martha Stewart has the most perfect idea for giving your entertaining area some glimmer.

 

 

And, how ingenious is this display of clocks??  Thanks Martha!

 

Party Favors:

I’m planning on filling cellophane goody bags with candy and chocolate and tying them together with colorful string.  For assembly instructions, I suggest reading the “Fun Cookie Gift Bag” post on Just As I Am where I got inspiration for this project.

 

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