New Year’s Eve Tablescape & Menu

by Alli

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.

Check out my New Year’s Eve tablescape & menu

New Year's Eve Party

Sequined Table Runner – A Must for A 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 think it really takes my New Year’s Ever Tablescape to the next level. 

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.

Family-friendly Menu

  • Shrimp Shooters
  • Black-Eyed Pea Salsa
  • Ham Biscuits with a honey/pepper drizzle
  • Nutella Filled Mini Fillo Shells
  • Sparkling White Grape Juice with Fresh Cranberries

Helpful Hint: You can 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

New Year's Eve Party


  • 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.

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Shrimp Shooters

I’ve had these dishes forever (or so it seems). I purchased them at World Market. 

New Year's Eve Party complete with menu and tablescape

Hazelnut Tarts

The hazelnut tarts are so easy to make. All you 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 tarts!

New Year's Eve Party

Black-eyed Pea Salsa

This a southern staple and you’ll find different variations of this tasty appetizer. In the south, it’s a tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. You can serve this leftover salsa on New Year’s Day or make my Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas.

Find my Black-Eyed Pea Salsa recipe here!

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.

You’ll need:

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

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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