New Year’s Eve Tablescape & Menu

Do you have big plans for New Year’s Eve?  How do you usher in the new year?

My plans are the same as they’ve been for years – staying home, dozing off and waking up at midnight to see the old year out and the new year in with my husband and whatever kid(s) happens to be here and has nothing better to do than hang with us.  Not that we’re not cool and hip and all that jazz.

No matter who you’re hanging with, New Year’s Eve always calls for a little glitz, a little glam, some good food, good drink and good company, even if your company dozes off every once in a while.

Here’s my New Year’s Eve tablescape & menu.  Relax.  It’s easy.

New Year's Eve Party

I’m in love with my sequined table runner.  Sparkling gold always looks glam next to any color, but I’m using a black tablecloth.  I plucked that clock right off my wall and realized that thing needed a good dusting.  Achoo!  My gold photo frame is the perfect backdrop for an Auld Lang Syne print that I found on Pinterest.  You can find it here.

My family-friendly menu is super easy to make and includes shrimp shooters, black-eyed pea caviar, ham biscuits with a honey/pepper drizzle, Nutella filled mini Fillo shells and sparkling white grape juice with fresh cranberries.

Helpful Hint: You can also substitute dried cranberries in place of the fresh in your champagne flutes.

New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Eve Party

Shrimp Shooters

Shrimp Shooters

Shrimp Shooters


  • 1-1/2 lb. large, peeled, cooked shrimp
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons lime zest
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2-3 dashes hot sauce
  • Romaine lettuce leaves


  1. Whisk together all ingredients (except shrimp) in a large bowl.
  2. Add cooked shrimp and vinaigrette mixture in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and chill for 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Arrange lettuce leaves in glasses and spoon shrimp mixture into glasses.

Shrimp Shooters

New Year's Eve Party complete with menu and tablescape

Hazelnut Tarts

The hazelnut tarts are so easy to make.  You’ll need frozen Fillo cups and Nutella.  Right before serving, remove Fillo cups from the freezer and add a spoonful of Nutella.  Top with whipped topping, if desired.  Everyone loves these babies!
New Year's Eve Party

Black-eyed Pea Caviar

This a southern staple and you’ll find different variations of this tasty appetizer.

Black-Eyed Pea Caviar

Black-Eyed Pea Caviar


  • 2 (15 oz) cans black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well.
  2. Cover and chill several hours.
  3. Serve at room temp. with tortilla or pita chips


New Year's Eve Party

Country Ham Mini Biscuits

Oops:  You’ll notice that the country ham mini biscuits are not shown.  As I was uploading the photos, I realized that I had left the ham biscuits in the fridge.  Dang.  Oh, well, they are so good and simple to make.  Use mini frozen biscuits (or use canned biscuits cut down to size with a small, round cookie cutter.)  Bake and slice biscuits and add thin slices of country ham.  Serve with Black Pepper Honey.

Black Pepper Honey

Black Pepper Honey


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 dashes hot sauce


  1. Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl until blended. Serve with mini ham biscuits.

New Year's Eve

So, what’re your plans for New Year’s Eve?  Hosting?  Going out on the town?  Staying in and catching some zzz’s? Whatever your plans, I pray that you have a happy and prosperous New Year!


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About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!


  1. Love your tablescape, it’s very pretty. That gold sequined table runner is awesome! The menu sounds scrumptious too!
    We generally stay home and doze off on the sofa waking up just in time to see the ball drop then go straight to bed. No fun at all but it’s our tradition 🙂

  2. Beautiful! I love the Black Eyed Pea Caviar

  3. I love that table runner!

  4. Oh, those nutella bites look divine!! I’m headed to YOUR house for NYE!

  5. Your table is beautiful! I am going to have to try your Black-Eye Pea Caviar – I am a fan of black-eye peas and your combination sounds awesome! We always have a buffet of finger foods for New Years.

  6. Everything is so beautiful! I get overwhelmed at the holidays sometimes and think that I need so many complicated things. All your items are simple prep and the decorations look great!

  7. I usually stay well at home. After being hit by a drunk driver on a Monday afternoon at 4:30, I figure it’s just best for me to stay off the roads on New Year’s Eve. Since my dad is from Mississippi, black-eyed peas were always a must on New Year’s Day, to bring good luck for the whole year. I’ve never been a huge fan of them, but your recipe sounds good…and the peas wouldn’t be mushy. I will definitely have to five this a try! Your tablescape, as always, is beautiful, and i LOVE the Auld Lang Syne print. Thanks you for sharing, Alli, and have a Happy New Year! 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

    • I’m with you, Lorelai, after the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season I’m content to stay home and relax on NYE. I hate that you got hit by a drunk driver. Glad you are OK! If people must get drunk, why don’t they take a cab or have a designated driver?

  8. This looks inviting and yummy! Your menu looks summery to me though. We like Raclette for new years eve. It’s cold here, so indoor grill is just the right thing.

    • I usually have a few hot dishes including a cheese dish, too, and an olive tray, but I was wanting to showcase those 3 recipes. We had 70 degree weather last week and in the south, we serve shrimp all year long. 🙂

  9. Everything looks so beautiful, make me not want to touch it and just drool over everything. My New Years Eve plan is going to Sea World and ringing in the New Year there. Happy New Year Alli!

    • I love Sea World, Louida! I especially love the show where all the animals are from rescue shelters. I’m always amazed at the tricks they perform and could watch it over and over. Have fun!!

  10. I always enjoy seeing what you’ve designed and your trying your recipes! I have to say I haven’t heard of Black Eyed Pea Caviar, but sounds delicious. That Honey Beans sound great too! You’re shrimp shooters are so elegant and I like that you added some greens to the mix! Wishing you a happy & healthy 2015!

  11. Gorgeous and so creative. Plus your recipes are perfect for bringing in the New Year. Happy New Year, Alli!

  12. This is just gorgeous! My husband and I threw a few big dinner parties for NYE in the past, and it would have been great to have had this as a resource while planning! #ibabloggers

  13. Those looks so delicious (will try some of the recipes for sure) and your table arrangements so beautifully done. Wishing you a wonderful New Year! 🙂 Visiting from #‎ibabloggers‬

  14. So beautiful and elegant, I love it! We toasted with milk and cookies last year with lots of friends at our home. This year we will be literally toasting marshmallows around a fire pit out in the country with lots of friends. I can’t wait 🙂

  15. The frozen fillo cups and Nutella look delicious. I’ve never seen that before. I’d love to try it next time I have people around. Thank you for such creative ideas!

  16. What a lovely spread. We’re planning on visiting a theme park on New Year’s Day and staying in on New Year’s Eve to watch all the New Year shows and a movie 🙂

  17. Awesome tablescape…looks like so much fun! I’d love it if you shared this at the Saturday showcase going on now at

  18. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    What a beautiful looking spread, everything looks so delicious! The frame with the vintage Auld Lang Syne is just gorgeous. You’ve perfected every detail, so wonderful for ringing in the New Year!

    Fiona @

  19. Someone please fly me to your house as I need and love your tablescape like wow. I need to try the caviar and the shrimp shooters.

  20. Great ideas! Beautiful tablescape! And the food! OMG! I have to have some of those hazelnut tarts!

  21. All of these look amazing! I wish I could make the shrimp shooters, but my husband is allergic to frozen shellfish. If only we lived closer to the ocean. 🙂 I am definitely going to try the other recipes & I am in love with your table runner! So cute!

  22. Those drinks look so delicious. We never really do anything special for New Year’s Eve. Sometimes we’ll just snack on appetizers and make a big pot of chili but it’s so darn hot here that chili is so not the dish to make in this weather.

  23. This is so beautiful, I love that it is simple yet festive. And I NEED to try that black pepper honey, I want it on all the things! Right after a shrimp shooter, that is…

  24. What a gorgeous tablescape!! I love making ceviche and shrimp salads like this one but I always serve it homestyle! I love the idea of plating them individually!

  25. Those nutella bites sound so delicious! And that shrimp appetizer is perfect! These are such great party ideas for NYE!

  26. I would love to be sitting at that table on New Year’s Eve! And I love sparkling grape juice and you make it look so great with the cranberries! It’s gorgeous! Every single bit. Great work!

  27. Wow! This looks so beautiful! I love the champagne with cherries and the black eyed pea caviar look so delicious. I might have to use some of these ideas!

  28. Oh wow! The black eye pea caviar looks amazing. I want to to give that recip a try. For us, since we have little kids, we’ll be home and let the, stay up as late as they like to ring in the new year.

  29. What a gorgeous tablescape! I love floating cranberries in drinks – they liven it right up and look so festive!

  30. We’ll likely be spending our NYE like you! Our kids will be here because they are too young to go anywhere else!

    Those shrimp shooters look amazing! I think I will create a fun little spread for us since we will likely be home. Something fun for the children, maybe putting sparkling cider in flutes for the babies!

  31. Oh wow what an awesome selection of goodies for NYE! I’m looking forward to a relaxing party with a small group of friends. Happy New Year!

  32. Everything is so beautiful and I have to try your Black-Eye Pea Caviar.

  33. Awesome idea! Love your menu and your whole setup too! Might do this soon even if it’s not new year’s eve!

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