Dessert is my favourite meal of the day. It’s also my favourite food group. If I could have dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner I would. And let’s be real, I have.
That’s why I figured if I was going to throw a party this New Year’s Eve, it would be ‘all dessert, all the time’.
New Year?s Eve Dessert Party!
- Dust off all the items you haven’t used in a year and if, when you pull the items out and aren’t really happy to see them, it’s time to get rid of them! Try to use what you have. We all have so many items that can be used for entertaining. Bring out items you inherited from your grandmas/mothers and use ?em!
- This is the time to use a tall stunning centre piece because you’re not sitting down at the table – no fear of blocking your view of anyone.
- When you’re putting your buffet table together, think about adding height, colour, balance and unity whenever possible. Add height using things around the house; a jewelry box, square book ends, gift boxes from the dollar store. Think outside the box!
- Choose your colour scheme based on what you already have. Don’t feel like you need to do red & green everywhere. Holiday decor now comes in every colour imaginable so you can work it seamlessly into your existing decor without it looking like the Grinch threw up in your house.
- There are a few ways to organize your buffet table. You can do it by type: savory & chocolate & everything else. IE: everything chocolate on one side and cheeses/nuts/ etc on the other. Everything else in the middle; Christmas cake, shortbread, etc. Alternatively you could divide the table up by special dietary needs: gluten/wheat-free section, no nuts, etc. This shows your guests you really care about making sure there is something there for them to eat. Label everything; that way they don’t have to be embarrassed to ask. Plan for 1-2 bites per person of each; have 8-10 choices of different desserts.
- If you have the room for it, take a cue from professional caterers and have access to both sides of your table. If you’ve got lots of people coming, take it one step further and mirror the food on the table so guests only need to attend one side of the table.
- Put the drinks on a separate table to make it easy for guests to serve themselves as they wish. Have regular coffee/decaf/black tea/decaf teas/sparkling water (one 750 ml bottle per person). Serve sparkling wine and have 1/2 – 3/4 bottle per guest. Make sure the invitation is clear that this is the only type of alcohol that will be served and that it’s only ‘dessert’ so there won’t be any disappointed guests.
- Start your party at 9pm ? that way everyone will have already eaten dinner and it?s a short three hours away until the New Year! Your evening will go by quickly, seamlessly and will be a ton of fun!
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