Inspiration for the Holidays: New Year’s Eve Bash

NYE Bash

I’ve always enjoyed a good party and New Year’s Eve is no different. Like many others, the party has changed slightly with kids.

Holiday Inspiration NYE Bash

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Kids bring life to any party and incorporating party décor that festive and whimsical is fun for all!

NYE Bash Kids Table

Noise makers, fake sunglasses with 2015, hats, confetti, and beads are décor items that both adult and children enjoy. Have a special count down to the New Year at 8:30 or 9:00 pm for the younger kids and serve cookies and milk or sparkling juice.

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To get this look and all the details check out my previous post on Kicking Off The New Year.

Every party needs a signature drink and a NYE bash isn’t a party without one!

New Year Splash!

Champagne is a the go to drink for NYE, but your guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve them this New Year’s Splash drink topped with fresh raspberries! Not only isn’t delicious, but easy to make.

New Year’s Splash Specialty Drink

Ingredients (serves 8-12)

1 Bottle Looza Peach Juice or any brand

2 Bottles Prosecco

1   6 oz package raspberries

Pour Prosecco into champagne flutes, 3/4 full. Fill the reminder champagne flute with Looze Peach Juice (2 pours). Stir and garnish with fresh raspberries.

Next up is the menu. I’ve always enjoyed shrimp and grits and flank steak for New Year’s Eve. check out my previous post on New Year’s Eve Menu Inspiration for recipes.

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

Get this GLAM look and details here for your NYE bash! You can even make your DIY glitter champagne bottle to add a little sparkle to your NYE!

Looking for some dessert inspiration? Check out our previous post Inspiration for The Holiday Season:Sweet Desserts, with dessert bar ideas and more!

New Years Eve Dessert Bar Karas Parties

Don’t forget about New Year’s Day! This easy and delicious smoked salmon, spinach, olive and cheese frittata is perfect for your New Year’s Day or Christmas Day celebration!

New Year's Day Spinach & Olive Fritta

New Year’s Day Smoked Salmon & Spinach Frittata

Ingredients

Olive Oil Pam Cooking Spray

Salt and Pepper to taste

4 oz. smoked salmon with dill

8 black olives chopped

6 eggs

1 cup frozen spinach thawed

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese optional

2 tablespoons almond milk or skim milk

1 teaspoon parsley or to taste

1 teaspoon basil or to taste

1 teaspoon oregano

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 inch oven safe skillet with Olive Oil Pam Cooking Spray. Heat over medium and add smoked salmon, olives and spinach; cook and stir briefly to release the flavors.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, parsley, basil, and oregano. Pour over mixture in skillet, and stir gently. Top with shredded cheese. Cook over medium heat without stirring until the edges appear firm approx. 5 minutes.

Place skillet in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until nicely browned and puffed. Flip onto a serving plate and cut into wedges.

Add a side salad such as spinach, tomato, onion, and Orzo salad.

Cheers to a Happy & Healthy 2015!

NYE Signature Drink

Inspiration for the Holidays: Family Traditions with Recipes and Cookie Decorating Party

Family Traditions Cookie Decorating Party

Winter break has officially begun and we are entering the week of Christmas! Tis’ the season for all things festive and fun!

To send off my daughter’s preschool teachers we made fudge together.

Holiday Traditions FudgeFor as long as I can remember this was a tradition I did with my mother at Christmas time. It’s an easy recipe that takes no time at all while making memories with your family!

I use Carnation Evaporated Milk recipe minus the marshmallows and add walnuts.

Carnation Evaporated Mile recipe

Mama’s Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line 8 inch square baking pan with foil. Spray foil lightly with Pam non-stick cooking spray. Combine sugar evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces or as desired.

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Fudge makes a perfect holiday gift or hostess gift as you enter the week of Christmas and New Year’s! Simply line your favorite tin or box with tissue paper and add the fudge.

Holiday Traditions Christmas CookiesThe best memories are ones with your loved ones! This is the second year we’ve made Christmas cookies together.

Traditions Christmas Cookies

It’s amazing what a difference a year makes! Cooking and baking with your kids not only makes wonderful memories, but teaches them measurements, portion control, where our food comes from, and hopefully to become bakers and cooks.

I like to try different sugar cookie recipes. This year I tried the “Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut-outs from Love Grows Wild but removed the almond extract.
Serves: 40-50 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • colored sugars for decorating
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract and mix until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Make sure to spoon the flour into your measuring cup and level it off with a knife to ensure accurate measurements. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
  3. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment or wax paper and place on a baking sheet in the refrigerator. Chill for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to a baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugars and bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to a baking rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 40-50 cookies.
Notes

For this recipe, the dough only needs to chill about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator since it is already rolled out. If you would rather chill the dough first before rolling, you’ll want to increase the chill time to about an hour.Using the parchment paper is a great tip for rolling the dough, because it eliminates the need to add extra flour to keep it from sticking. However, I didn’t have any parchment paper I choose the old fashion route.

I found Love Grows Wild tip about letting the cookies cool for only 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then lifting them with a spatula onto a cooling rack to be the difference in a soft tasting sugar cookie!

Now that you’ve made your perfect sugar cookie it’s time to decorate! Since you’re kids are out of school, why not make it into a cookie decorating party?!
Cookie Decorating Party
As a party planner I love a good party! It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate. You could even just have a little party with your own children. The point is to make it fun, festive and an activity that everyone will enjoy and remember!
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This year I found all my cookie decorating accessories at Michael’s, except for the red oval bowl from Target last year.
Cookie Decorating Party
How cute are these mini milk glasses that I found on sale at Michael’s?!
Cookie Decorating Party
If you have young children, like me, I decided to ice the sugar cookies first and then let the girls decorate them this year. I found an easy and delicious buttercream frosting recipe from Two Sisters Crafting! I added a little almond milk and it was hard to stop licking the spoon!
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Happy Holidays!
Looking for more fun party, décor, kids activities, and DIY fun this holiday season? Check out our previous posts on
Credits
Design, Styling, & Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions
Recipes (unless otherwise noted) – Sarah Sofia Productions
Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut-outs Recipe Love Grows Wild
Best Butter Cream Frosting Recipe – Two Sisters Crafting

 

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Sweet Desserts

Events and Beyond Thanksgiving Dessert Table

Today marks the first post in a series on Inspiration for the Holiday Season! What better way to share Sweet Desserts Inspiration than going straight to the professionals at Queen’s Sweets.

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My guest post today is by Makeda Dempsey, founder and owner of Queen’s Sweets. I had the pleasure of meeting Makeda in 2013 and have worked with her on several events. Queen’s Sweet’s is best recognized for their premium mouthwatering miniature desserts showcased at weddings and events since 2010.

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Today, Queen’s Sweets is going to share Sweet Desserts inspiration for the holiday season, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve parties. Come get inspired as we talk shop on all things desserts and sweets!___________________________________________________________________

Holiday Desserts and Sweets Table

This is the best time of year to get people together for food, drinks and good laughs. One of the growing trends for parties and events during the holidays is the dessert table or bar.

Holiday Dessert Bar

The dessert table or bar consist of a variety of different desserts that all your guest will love! The size of the holiday party, event, or dinner will determine how many different deserts you will serve. Some of the most popular sweets and desserts this season include: cupcakes, cake pops, dessert shooters, mini pound cakes, mini cakes, and mini pies.

Holiday Dessert Bar

Bite size desserts are becoming the new norm, which allows your guests to sample the tasty treats without feeling too guilty. You’re guests will rave about how delicious and festive those mini pumpkin or apple pies looked and tasted! Try this mini pumpkin pie recipe by Home is Where the Boat Is.

Mini Pumpin Pies Home is where the boat is

Christmas Parties and Gifts

Christmas time still holds traditional elements such as the tree trimming, shopping, A Christmas Story (movie), and gift baskets, just to name a few. Some of the more trending Christmas gifts are edible desserts such as cookies, cake pops, cocoa on a stick, and homemade hot cocoa kit.

Order these specialty cookies from Queen’s Sweets just in time for Christmas or hostess gifts!

Christmas Cookies by Queen's Sweets

Cookies by Queen’s Sweets

Get the tutorial on this Hot Cocoa Gift by Luna {all things good}. This make a great activity to do with your kids this holiday season and great gifts that the entire family can enjoy!

Christmas Gifts Sweets

Here’s a Christmas dessert bar that is inspiring us by Amy Atlas, Sweet Designs.

Christmas Dessert Bar via Amy Atlas

New Year’s Eve Parties

New Year’s Eve (NYE) is such an exciting day! NYE is full of celebration and reflection. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends as you look back on all the fond memories of the current year and the excitement of what the New Year holds. As you usher in a brand new year many will host an intimate party with close friends and family. Trending this year is to have a dessert for each place setting such as a cupcake, cake pop or dessert shooter.

NYE Tablesca[e Sweet Dessert Inspiration

NYE Place Setting Sweet Desserts Inspiration

What’s inspiring us for a NYE dessert bar is this festive look from Kara’s Party Ideas.

New Years Eve Dessert Bar Karas Parties

Happy Holidays!

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“We have desserts that will fix your cravings! We offer desserts for any occasion whether big or small.”

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