Like many of you, my husband and I are staying at home and hosting a small gathering this New Year’s Eve for 3 reasons:
1. We are parents to a little maniac who only sleeps in until 7 a.m.
2. It’s nearly impossible to book a sitter for NYE
3. I’m pregnant and tired…and cranky…and tired…did I mention I’m tired?
All jokes aside, the hubby and I are actually pretty happy to stay-in this year, just as we have done the past 3 NYEs. It’s relaxing, which at our age and life-stage means a lot more fun. Like the past few years, we plan to have a few friends over for a low-key gathering equipped with adult beverages, appetizers, desserts, and board games. The big difference this year? Our toddler son, and a few of his little buddies, will be old enough to partake in some of the festivities before being whisked off to bed!
So, this calls for some seriously creative and festive NYE decor, yummy treats for the adults, healthy-ish treats for the little ones, and of course, champagne and cider! Good thing I have friends in high places, like the amazingly talented Christy, of CurlyQPaper, to help put this soiree together!
- First, we need decor. I know I will not find anything half as original, more affordable, or as cute as the NYE “Bubbly Bar” and decor line from CurlyQPaper. Best part is? I can purchase and download these designs online for quick delivery, print and assemble the pieces at home, and let my little one “help” me decorate!
Every printable seen on this post can be purchased for immediate download at the CurlyQPaper Etsy shop!
- Next, I need to whip-up festive NYE munchies for the adults and the little ones. Good thing I have a couple of EASY and delicious small bite ideas on-deck:
Spinach Artichoke Bites
Recipe by Rachel Cooks (with a few adjustments made by me)
Makes about 24 bites
3 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp sour cream
1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
5 ounces of frozen chopped spinach, drained and liquid squeezed out
1/2 cup of quartered artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed and roughly chopped
3 tbsp teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
24 phyllo shells (if shells are not available, here’s a helpful link to teach you how to make your own!)
Let’s Do This!
1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, parmesan cheese, sour cream, mozzarella, drained spinach, chopped artichokes and cayenne pepper, and minced garlic. Use a fork to thoroughly mix all ingredients. Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary. At this step, you can refrigerate this mixture up to 3 days.
2. When you are ready to serve, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill a phyllo shell with a heaping teaspoon of this mixture so that it is full and rounded and on the top. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat until phyllo shells are all full and spinach mixture is used up. Bake for 10-12 minute or until heated through and golden brown. Serve immediately.
White Chocolate Oreo Truffles
A favorite dessert recipe taught by my dear friend Lisa
36 Oreo cookies, finely crushed, divided
8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
12 ounces (4 packages) of solid white chocolate (for baking)
Let’s Do This!
1. Reserve 1/4 cup cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs until blended — I prefer to use my food processor for this step, although, mixing by hand works too.
2. Shape spoon-fulls of the Oreo-cream cheese mix into balls (about 1 inch each), and place balls on wax paper. Pop cookie sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes.
3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Heat white chocolate bars in microwave or on stove top according to box directions, or until melted. Stir chocolate.
4. Using two forks, dip each cookie ball into the melted chocolate, and roll around until covered. Carefully place each dipped ball on the wax paper. Immediately sprinkle crushed cookie crumbs on the truffle. Do this until each ball is covered.
5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Store leftover truffles in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Almond Butter Yogurt Dip (for the kiddos!)
Something I came up with one day…and Bubba and I can’t stop eating it!
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tbsp creamy almond butter
1 tbsp honey
pretzels (rods, sticks, or twists)
Let’s Do This!
1. Mix the first 3 ingredients in a child-safe bowl, until smooth and thick
2. Serve with apples and pretzels
As for drinks, the adults usually have that covered, but what do the kids drink on NYE? Easy! Flavored milk (I like Horizon Organic Chocolate and Strawberry milk) served in a clear plastic cups with a festive straws! I call them “Happy Moo-Year Mocktails” 😉