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New Year's Eve Party Ideas

M ake your New Year’s Eve memorable by serving elevated party foods. When planning the menu for your party, consider flavors that pair will with Champagne. We find that caviar, foie gras and truffles seem to work well, and set the right tone for the biggest night of the year. To create an elegant affair, read on for some of our favorite party ideas.

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Getting the Party Started

Leading Up to the Countdown

Just after Midnight

  • After the clock strikes midnight and your guests have celebrated with a toast and a New Year’s kiss, continue the party by bringing out a platter of French Kisses, prunes marinated in Armagnac and stuffed with foie gras mousse. 

Late into the Night

  • For a sweet ending to the party, you can’t get much easier than strawberries with mascarpone and chocolate. (Slice strawberries in half, leaving the tops on for garnish. Pipe a little mascarpone cheese on the cut side of each berry and top with shaved chocolate.)  Or make these delectable Dark Chocolate Chestnut Truffles for a sweet end to the evening.  Yes, for once we mean the chocolate truffles.

Tips

So that you can be a guest at your own party, select dishes that require little work, can be made ahead of time, and will taste delicious at room temperature; not having to keep foods hot or cold is one less thing to worry about. Serving finger food is a win-win! It means fewer dishes at the end of the party, and it also keeps guests’ hands free, allowing them more freedom to mingle and munch their way through the evening.

With your perfect menu all set, you might not know how to respond if a guest asks what they can bring to the party. Remember that you can never have too much Champagne. Also, a lovely wedge of soft, rind-ripened cheese will complement the charcuterie platter perfectly.