Instead of worrying about what bar to go to and whether or not it was worth it to pay $100 for open bar & food, my roommate & I decided to host a New Year’s Eve Party this year. Since both of us had to work on New Year’s Eve, we decided to keep the menu simple, but elegant. Also to keep costs down, when people asked what they could bring we told them to bring sparkling wine which we used as a part of our signature drink! Overall, it was a great evening with good food & even better friends!
Number of Guests
About 25 People
Mashed Potato Bar with Hot Sauce, Barbecue Sauce, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Bacon, & Green Onions
Pulled Pork Sliders with Coleslaw
Philly Soft Pretzel Tray
Mini Brownies with Cream Cheese Icing
Mini Angel Food Cupcakes with Strawberry Prosecco Frosting
Lemon Drop Champagne Cocktail (adapted from Martha Stewart)
Assorted Beer, Wine, & Mixed Drinks
Tips & Hints
Mashed Potato Bar: I made the mashed potatoes earlier in the day and kept them warm in a slow cooker. For serving, I used an ice cream scoop and short clear plastic glasses. I served the sauces & sour cream in plastic condiment bottles (I found them for $0.99 at Walmart).
Lemon Drop Champagne Cocktail: Instead of mixing the vodka lemonade mixture and champagne together, I served the vodka lemonade mixture in a beverage dispenser (aka my orange Gatorade container that was covered in festive wrapping paper) and had everyone fill their glass half with the vodka and half with champagne. That way the punch didn’t lose its fizz and we didn’t have to buy all of the champagne!
Glasses: For the champagne cocktail, I actually used real glasses. Right before the holiday’s IKEA had an amazing deal on their champagne flutes (a 6-pack for less than $2) and I bought more than enough for New Year’s Eve. In order to prevent people from losing their glasses, I bought Crayola Window Markers so everyone could write their names on their glass. It really made the night special and caused a lot a buzz!
Other: If you’re going to have a large party, definitely put out cards identifying all the food. That way people don’t have to find you to ask questions and are far more likely to try something new!