Create a simple yet sophisticated menu
We love no-fuss nosh for a relaxed and festive party, but New Year’s Eve calls for something a bit more special. Step up your spread with a menu of easy, elegant apps and snacks to suit everyone’s palate.
- Prep fancier versions of comfort-food favourites, such as nachos baked on a cedar plank and served with chunky salsa; mushroom caps stuffed with creamy goat cheese; spicy grilled shrimp; and mini grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with bacon, fruit or gourmet spreads.
- Entice guests to the veggie tray with colourful kabobs stacked with sweet green peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives.
- Sub in unexpected ingredients to jazz up standard party fare. For example, try serving sliders with tuna patties instead of beef.
- A dwindling cheese plate can be a real party pooper. Keep yours well stocked with a selection of hard and soft cheeses, and cured meats. An overflowing basket of fresh artisan breads is a welcome touch.
Set the mood with music
The right tunes will keep the party rockin’ until midnight – or even later.
- Find festive playlists on a free online music-streaming site, or ask guests to send you their requests, and custom-make your own party mix.
- Count down to midnight by playing your top 10 favourite songs of the year.
- Everyone wants to hear “Auld Lang Syne” at the stroke of 12, and you can’t argue with tradition, but we think playing a meaningful tune at the end of the night is an extra-special way to usher in the new year.
Shake up the cocktails
Be fearless with flavour when creating a signature drink your guests won’t soon forget.
- Welcome chilly invitees with steamy mugs of seasonal favourites like mulled wine or hot cider.
- Add a fragrant twist to citrus-based cocktails with a hint of fresh herbs such as basil or thyme.
- Mix drinks with subtly fruity Italian-style sodas instead of standard pop or tonic water.
Celebrate with a midnight sweet table
Nothing keeps a party pumping like a late-night sugar rush. Your guests will feel like kids in a candy store when you roll out a selection of easy-to-nibble treats.
- No need to get fancy – everyone adores goodies like Belgian chocolate cookies, tarts and homemade squares.
- What goes great with Champagne? Truffles! Make them yourself, or save time with decadent Compliments Milk Chocolate Truffles.
- Fill a few glass bowls with a variety of corner-store sweets, such as licorice strings, wine gums, sour fruit chews and candy-coated chocolates.
Toast with a mocktail
You can’t ring in the new year without popping the cork on a bottle of bubbly, but guests will also enjoy capping off the night with a flavourful virgin drink. (Plus, it’s a nice gesture to make designated drivers feel included in the final “cheers.”)
- Sparkling citrus ends the night on a refreshing note. Offer to fill their flutes with chilled lemonade or clementine-ginger punch.
- Send your guests off into the cold, cold night with warm bellies full of chai tea lattes or peppermint-tea hot chocolate.