New Years Treats
New Year's Eve has always been for me an event that calls for a bash and you better believe this year will be a celebration kicked up to powers unknown to mankind!
Rather than invite a cast of thousands, I personally prefer having a smaller group, say about 20 or so of my nearest and dearest to share this special event. It's an occasion that calls for the best of everything!
Good Champagne, the best you can afford, and plenty of it should be well chilled several hours in advance. Go for it and purchase or rent good champagne glasses called flutes that allow the bubbles to bubble. Hire a bartender to tend a full-service bar that offers brand name scotch, bourbon, vodka, gin, rum as well as crisp, white wine, dry red wine, cold beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Don't forget to have plenty of crushed ice, assorted mixers like club soda, tonic water, colas, ginger ale, and lemon-lime soda, dry vermouth, lemons, limes, and olives. Of course, you'll need plenty of highball and rock glasses, wineglasses, and martini glasses. Be sure to have lots of beverage napkins for the bar.
I'm a big fan of fresh flowers and lots of candles. For this special gala, I'm thinking exotic orchids or maybe dozens of sweet-smelling roses. Bring out the gleaming crystal or silver candelabra for long, tall tapers. Tuck votive candles here and there to give the party space a golden glow.
Now to the most important aspect of this blowout---the food! As you may or may not know, I go for the gusto! Nothing is too good for my friends and I'm going to give it all I've got for this very special evening.
There are times that I prefer a sit-down dinner during which my guests and I can relax and enjoy each course with the wines I've paired with it, but babe, this isn't one of them.
Here are some great recipes your guests will surely love!