If you’re looking to show off your pastry decorating skills by hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you’re going to need an awesome spread to complement your baked creations. After all, everyone wants to ring in the new year with a bit of glitz and glam, but it can be a challenge to play host, be the bartender, and put together a great layout of snacks and hors’ devours. If you’re trying to make your soiree truly memorable, here are five ideas for taking your New Year’s spread to the next level:
1. Serve up some good luck
In different cultures, various foods are consumed to signify good luck in the coming year. For example, Martha Stewart notes that in Spain, 12 grapes are quickly consumed at midnight, and those that are sweet represent good months, while sour grapes suggest less lucky ones. Find your favorite lucky food and make it part of your spread so that all of your friends and family can bring some positive karma into the new year.
2. Find a good punch bowl
Making a signature punch in a large enough quantity for everyone is a good way to save a little time and money on making drinks. What’s more, punch garnished with fruit served in an ornate bowl will add a decorative element to your new year’s spread.
3. Implement a BYOC policy
The cost of Champagne can add up at lightning speed, especially if you try to buy enough bottles for everyone in attendance. Rather than bite the bullet on the Champagne budget, ask your guests to bring their own bottles. If your guests aren’t big drinkers, Money Crashers recommends instead implementing a bring your own appetizer policy to save on cost and prep work.
4. Decorate food with edible glitter
Silver and gold have become staple colors of celebrating the end of the year. Consider using edible gold glitter on your pastries so your food can match the rest of your decorations. It’ll also give you an opportunity to take a more artistic approach to your desserts.
5. Develop a signature cocktail
If you don’t want to try and stock a full bar, consider coming up with a drink menu that only includes one or two signature cocktails. That way, you don’t have to buy as much alcohol and you’ll be able to cut down on the time you spend playing bartender.