Planning New Year's Eve party? Here's my game plan for a stress-free party with 25 easy New Year's Eve Appetizer Recipes and 5 easy New Year's Eve Cocktail recipes and my favorite mocktail!
How do you organize a New Year's Eve Party?
Skip the printing and send pretty and free online invitations. Here are two great sources:
Music: set the mood with a perfect playlist.
- Be sure to include a mix of lively, soft, and nostalgic songs. (Like this 85-song playlist)
- Ask your party guests for a few of their favorite songs and add them to the mix.
Party Decor: it doesn't have to be expensive.
- Think sparkle: white lights, mirrors under dishes, low lights, candles (LED or traditional).
Finger Foods (skip the silverware!): the mix and the quantity.
- Include savory and sweet finger-food appetizers.
- Assume that your guests will eat two or three of each of the finger foods.
- Determine the number finger food varieties based on the number of guests:
- 10 to 15 guests = 3 or 4 varieties
- 15 to 20 guests = 4 or 5 varieties
- 25 or more guests = 5 or more varieties
Cocktail (and mocktail!) quantities: better safe than sorry.
- A general rule is 3 drinks per person for every 2 hours of the party. But it doesn't hurt to have extra on hand.
- Don't forget your teetotaler friends and designated drivers - there are lots of fun, non-alcoholic cocktail recipes, like these and (my favorite!) Non Alcoholic Sangria.
- 1 liter of a distilled spirit yields about 22 mixed drinks
- 1 750-milliliter bottle of wine or champagne yields 6 to 8 glasses
Essential Bar Tools
- Ice Bucket with Tongs
- Ice (these giant ice cube trays are fun!)
- Shaker and Strainer
- Shot Glass or Jigger
- Small Cutting Board
- Small Knife
- Garnishes (lemons, limes, maraschino cherries, olives, bitters, etc. - depending on your choice of cocktails!)
- Cocktail Napkins
- Wine Opener
- Twist Peeler
Use the Right Glassware for your Cocktails
- Old Fashioned or "Rocks" Glasses - for drinks served with ice
- Martini Glasses - use for any 'up' cocktails that are stirred or shaken and strained
- Champagne Glasses, either Coupe or Flute - for Champagne (or sparkling wine) and Champagne Cocktails