So New Years Eve is right around the corner.
How in the world did that happen? 2012 was a relatively fantastic year. I made my return to running (that’s right, out of retirement for this lady), Miles learned to take a crap in the toilet (that means he’s pretty much ready to move out, right????), Emma is reading at past 3rd grade level (just like her mom, so smart!) and as a family we went to Italy and I discovered the place I most feel at home. We had the Harvest Party and a Winter Cocktail Party, both were wonderful and I managed to not give anyone alcohol poisoning. That’s a big win for me. Now, with the giant Eve right around the corner I urge you all to get your shit together. If you are entertaining, let’s talk about how to do it properly because so many times people forget the basic rules of having people over. By Martha Stewart’s crazy ass standards you should have a DJ, a full bar and someone wearing a fancy suit passing food around. Well, I can’t afford all that. I’m fancy, but even that is a bit much for me. However, you can entertain and impress without breaking the bank. Because truly, 2013 has to be rung in right, here is how to come correct:
Pick a signature cocktail
Make a sugar rim using a lime and some granulated sugar
Place about an inch of Chambord in the bottom of the glass
Fill with your favorite champagne
Drink. Enjoy. Repeat.
No Andre champagne people. That is just completely unacceptable. There is a middle ground between totally expensive champagne and bottom of the barrel disgusting champagne. For instance, replace champagne with Prosecco. It’s just as favorable in flavor but a really great bottle is like $20.00. Pretty much you can’t go wrong and people love it because it’s a little sweeter. Everyone who knows me is aware that Vueve is my signature champagne but it can cost you anywhere from $45 to $60, depending on where you are shopping. I realize that is a bit much for some people but at least I’m not dumping Dom down my throat, although I would love to do that. If champagne isn’t your thing, that’s cool, go searching online for some great recipes and serve them to your guests. People love having a fun drink in there hand while celebrating a brand new year. I also usually have white wine and beer for people. A small selection is a great idea.
Feed your guests
Don’t invite people over if you are not going to feed them. Especially if there is drinking going on. Seriously. I always have a fantastic cheese/meat/cracker spread at least. Crackers absorb the alcohol while the cheese gives people something savory to enjoy. I choose basic flavors I know people will like: sharp white cheddar, brie, gouda, etc. Nothing too crazy, stay away from things like: goat and blue cheese. Although I love the bolder selections, lots of people don’t. Spend money on cured meats like salami that add a little saltiness to the mix. Make it look pleasing to the eye, cutting the cheese in cubes and assorting with some thought put into it. Stuffed mushrooms are also a great party food (bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, fresh parsley, salt, pepper & olive oil, stuff it all into a mushroom and bake at 350 degrees until brown on top), veggie platters with a dip are a big hit as well and if you really want to get fancy make a nice crostini. Toast some thin slices of bread and top it with whatever your heart desires: roasted red peppers, garlic spread, arugala and thinly shaved beef, whatever. And, if you really want to knock people’s socks off make a delicious dessert.
The bottom line is don’t serve mundane food but don’t gravitate towards ingredients that will scare people. Stay simple. People always love that.
Dress the part
It’s New Years Eve, wear something sparkly or lovely.
Check out J. Crew, this season they have beautiful cocktail dresses with even better shoes to match.
Buy something you wouldn’t usually wear, something a little more daring. My largest problem is that I buy the same old stuff, blues, grays, blacks. Or I just wear running gear everywhere, yikes. I have to tell myself to venture out. So I remind all of you, it is time to go outside of your comfort zone. Get some sexy underpants, buy some fresh gear and get your hair did. Ring in 2013 with a bang. Even if you are just having people over, look nice.
Detox the next day
A great smoothie recipe to flush out your inside:
1 pint of strawberries
Water as needed to keep everything moving in the blender.
Throw it all in a blender, drink it up and feel the healing begin.
Be safe out there my friends, be safe.