Resolutions and finally following through with that get-healthy plan are coming in January, but before you commit to a new diet and fitness routine, finish out the year with all the food and booze you can handle.
New Year’s Eve parties are often filled with midnight cheers with champagne and plates of appetizers, but not all shindigs are created equal. If you have classy friends, you may end up at a cocktail soiree, but if you got snowed in during your Christmas visit home and have to attend your parents’ boring “party,” it may be a different story.
Below, we’ve rounded up five types of New Year’s parties you may end up at and the perfect dish — or drink — to bring with you. Let the countdown begin.
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You’ll most likely be popping bottles of champagne to fill up your glasses for a toast at midnight. For a sensational, sweet complement, try these Champagne Cupcakes with Spun-Sugar Sparkle. Instead of ordinary batter, use sugar, butter, flour, egg whites and almost a full cup of your favorite variety of champagne (try a light pink rosé or a traditional brut). Add a few tablespoons of the champagne into a simple buttercream frosting recipe keep the theme going. For the grand finale, spin sugar to resemble fireworks. With a finished cupcake in one hand and a full glass of champagne in the other, toast to health and happiness in 2015. Happy New Year!
For more ways to use your booze and bubbly for your New Year’s parties, try out some of Cooking Channel’s best celebratory recipes:
Pop! The sound of a bottle of bubbly getting uncorked is a sure sign it’s time to celebrate. Think beyond basic bubbly and craft one of these cocktails for your New Year’s Eve party or New Year’s Day brunch.
French 75: Gin, lemon and sparkling wine are the notes in this classic cocktail.
Cranberry Kir Royale: This beautiful pink drink (pictured up top) looks as special as it tastes.
Pink SHAMpagne: Who says bubbly needs alcohol? This flavorful, festive drink gets fizz from sparkling apple cider and raspberry seltzer.
Blood Orange Campari Prosecco Cocktail: Fresh blood orange juice and campari give this drink a brilliant orange hue.
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If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, than some people (like, us) would argue that brunch is the most important meal of the weekend. And if that’s true (it is), then New Year’s Day brunch is the most important meal of the year.
While everyone else is putting their effort into making New Year’s Eve the most memorable night of the year (it won’t be), you’ll be voted “Smartest Person Alive” when you instead plan for the best brunch to ring in the first day of the new year. Invite your closest (and least hungover) friends — the ones you’d love to see more of this coming year — and plate up our perfect bite-sized brunch snacks. You’ll be the toast of 2014.
Mini Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches with Spicy Frittata (pictured above)
This two-bite breakfast of protein and carbs is the perfect mouthful to fuel your day of lounging and resolution-making.
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Ring in the New Year right with a glass of something bubbly. Here’s a quick rundown of your sparkling options:
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