New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

 

 

 

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New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

2015 will soon be here!  This year has gone so fast, time is just flying by!  I know that some of you will have probably already thought about what food, drink, and party decorations you’ll be using.  Some of you will have been invited to a New Year’s party, or you will be hosting one of your own.  I just wanted to give you a few party ideas for New Year’s Eve for if you haven’t yet prepared anything, or just need an extra something.

Party hats are a bit of fun.  You can either buy them or make your own.  I find it interesting to watch how people can get into character, when wearing a prop as simple as a party hat.  You can add a personal touch easily, by decorating them with pom-poms or a bit of tissue paper.  Try to use as many different colours as you can.

You simply must have a fruity cocktail at a party!  Try making a Very Pink Raspberry Cosmopolitan Cocktail.  The colour is gorgeous and it tastes great too!  I have put the recipe at the foot of this post, in case you don’t wish to read through all the text, plus you can copy and print it if you like.  🙄

Towards the end of the evening, your guests may be peckish.  When making party food, it is easier if you make finger food, as it is easy to pick up and nibble on.  As a tasty desert, why not give your guests macaroons?  You can even add some detail by painting on edible glitter.  It is New Year after all!

I have kept the colour palette bright, with many different colours and accents of gold, for both the party décor and food.   It can be difficult to find stuff for your party which all matches, so this way, you can use what is around, and avoid unnecessary stress.  I am using brightly patterned, polka-dot napkins, small and large balloons, as well as tissue paper honeycomb and bauble ornaments.  You could, of course, get creative and make your own bauble chandelier, as seen here – such a great New Year’s Eve party idea.  If you need further ideas, you can find more inspiration on my Pinterest board.

I will be going to a friend’s party, on New Year’s Eve, which I am super-excited about!  I’m looking forward to putting on my party outfit and letting my hair down!

Happy 2015 and I hope you have a wonderful New Year party, whether you are going to one, or hosting one!!

Emma Jayne x

 

 

Very Pink raspberry Cocktail (source: Creative Culinary)

Preparation time: 10 mins

Ingredients  (Makes 2 cocktails)
For the Raspberry Juice:
2 cups frozen raspberries
1.5 cups water
For the Cocktail:
2 ounces Raspberry juice
2 ounces Raspberry Liqueur
4 oz good quality vodka ( Ketel one, Grey Goose)
Juice from half a lime
1 ounce simple syrup (Bring equal parts sugar and water to boil in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Cool).
Pink sugar crystals
Raspberries for garnish

Instructions

To make the raspberry juice:
Combine 2 cups of frozen raspberries and 1.5 cups of water and bring to a simmer, mashing the berries against the sides of the pain to release their juices. Strain into a cup or bowl scraping the seeds with a spatula along the bottom of the strainer to extract all the juice.

To Prepare the Cocktail:
Fill two standard size martini glasses with ice and water to chill.
In a shaker combine the Raspberry Juice, raspberry liqueur, vodka and lime juice over ice and shake a few times until ice cold.
Pour out the ice water from the martini glasses and dip the rims of the glasses in simple syrup then into pink sugar crystals. Divide the mixture between the two glasses and garnish with raspberries.

Enjoy!