My dear readers……it is almost time to be Welcoming In The New Year!
I must confess that I originally posted part of this particular New Year’s post in 2017!!!!!
Yep… 6 years ago!
And then I reposted it again in 2019!
Hmmmmmm there must be a pattern here. LOL
Folks, I use these dishes and appetizers in one way or another each year because…well, because it works and more importantly, I like it.
As many of you know, the Captain flies for a living and there are some years he is not home for New Years Eve… so I don’t usually plan anything other than our Orange Crush New Year’s toast that we do by phone at midnight. The post explaining that story is here.
This post is long and loaded with pictures so grab a cuppa and join me virtually as you are all my friends.
Yesterday, I hosted my Bible Study group and I used a few of my usual appetizers.
I did add an appetizer from last year…Smoked Salmon Blini’s with dill.
So easy to make, in fact almost all of my food was semi homemade.
Instead of making the little pancakes with yeast…I bought the Eggo mini pancakes and made up a mixture of cream cheese, fresh dill, sour cream, lemon juice and salt and white pepper.
I rolled up smoked salmon and sprinkled a little dill on top.
Please forgive the sparse serving plate. I didn’t think to take pics until afterwards. 🙁
I added little smokies with a jelly BBQ sauce, pizzelles, petit fours, cupcakes from Publix (I did stick in a plastic topper) and caramel and cheezy popcorn that was a gift from the Captain’s company.
We ladies toasted in the New Year, in the middle of Friday afternoon on the 30th of December ,2022….with Sparkling Grape juice (white and red).
In addition to the above….below is the post from 6 years ago with more tips and recipes.
So there is still time to make these goodies if you so desire before the New Year tomorrow.
Yep! if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…I always say.
Tonite, I may be in bed early, but I will set my alarm for a little before midnight and wait for my phone call from the Captain and we will drink our orange Crush as we welcome in 2023!
Then we will have prayer as we praise God for another year.
1 Peter 1:3
“In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Now, I will share an old tablescape as we enter into a new year.
I love this festive table and our guests loved it too…don’t let the clocks fool you.
The year I posted this, we had an early dinner, our guests went home and the Captain and I went to bed about 11 p.m.
We did manage to wake up and celebrate at the stroke of midnight with our Orange Crush!
See this post for the orange soda explanation. 🙂
This platter was so easy…I bought cupcakes at the supermarket and placed a sparkler in the center of each one.
Sorry, I forgot to put the cupcakes into the silver and gold cupcake liners after sitting them on the platter. It makes your cupcakes look a bit home made.
And the simple to make appetizers will surprise you…
Here is the secret ingredients for the appetizer bites.
Are you ready? You won’t believe how simple this is.
…Mini frozen Eggo waffles, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, maple syrup and red pepper jelly!
Just place the waffles in the oven per directions on the box, top with your favorite chicken nuggets and drizzle the mixture of maple syrup and red pepper jelly to taste over the top and serve! Oh so crispy and I’ll bet you can’t eat just one. 🙂
AND the combination of the syrup and jelly taste wonderful the next day on pancakes …or left over mini waffles for your New Year’s Day breakfast! 😉
AND the pudding parfaits couldn’t be easier, and they are just waiting for someone to grab a long teaspoon.
Like a Iced tea long teaspoon…oh wait!
They are iced tea spoons!
See? Use what you have on hand.
So simple to make too!
You can make your own pudding(s)…chocolate and vanilla OR you can do what I did and buy already made puddings!
Then you cut up an angel food cake or pound cake or whatever your choice is and layer in a parfait glass and top with whipped cream.
I sprinkled gold sugar (from Michael’s) on the top.
Quick and easy and pretty.
How simple is that?
Oh, and a suggestion for making them?
Use a plastic bag and cut off the tip for piping in the puddings and you won’t mess up the sides of your narrow parfait glasses.
(I always think I don’t need to use that step…but when I am done “spooning”, I have that old hindsight is 20/20 thing)
Oh, and I tossed in a few silver dragees.
They are safe to eat, but if your guests are concerned…just eat around them.
Then I poured the champagne …use the good glasses, they are so pretty with some of the same gold sugar on the rims.
Now that we have talked about the food, let’s talk about the table.
I used a black tablecloth and black linen napkins.
The clock salad plates are an old Pottery Barn purchase many years ago when living in Seattle.
I don’t think you can find them anymore.
I have always liked them and use them for every New Year’s Eve or anytime I have a clock theme.
I have the napkin rings, the little saucers and the dinner plates.
I like that the plates and napkin rings have different clock faces as you can see. Sooooo cool.
I also have the platter (holding the cupcakes) and the dipping bowls (holding the votive candles)
The square chargers are silver and a black plate sits beneath the clock plates.
I used gold flatware and black napkins and sprinkled star and circle confetti on the black tablecloth.
This makes the stars and circle confetti pop.
You can’t begin a countdown unless you have an hour glass on the table….and of course several clocks of various sizes and shapes.
A tall aspen tree adorned with small led lights sits in the center of the table along with a few sprigs of flocked pine needles.
There are also party hats and party horns.
The champagne bucket sits on one end of the tablescape and has a “cheers” wine stopper sitting in the bucket.
I found it at Pier 1 along with the initial “M” wine stopper.
Below you will see the black and white straws with black bow ties I found at World Market, along with a few “poppers, or crackers” that I like to give my guests as party favors.
I don’t remember where I purchased the paper napkins.
The gold swizzle sticks with various words atop …are really cool too…..
…..and I placed each one in the flutes.
So dear friends….this was how we spent last New Year’s Eve enjoying the company of good friends.
I hope this gives you a few ideas for your New Year’s Eve celebration.
Just remember, whether you are at home or at a party, above all…please be safe!
“Here’s to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old;
here’s to the things that are yet to come,
and to the memories that we hold.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.”
This past year has been filled with Covid, hurricanes, blizzards, uncertainty and disappointments…BUT this new year as we embark on true life change, we should get ourselves into a truly humble position and start off the year with a spirit of praise.
Happy New Year my dear sweet and wonderful friends.
God Bless You.