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
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.
- Shrimp shooters
- Black-eyed pea caviar
- 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.
I’ve had these dishes forever (or so it seems). I purchased them at World Market.
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!
Black-eyed Pea Caviar
This a southern staple and you’ll find different variations of this tasty appetizer.
- 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
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well.
- Cover and chill several hours.
- Serve at room temp. with tortilla or pita chips
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.
- 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.
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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