Here’s a fun idea – instead of hosting a New Year’s Eve party, invite all your friends and family over the next morning for a New Year’s Day brunch!
Such a fun way to start off the new year!
Hosting a casual, open house style brunch encourages friends to stop by any time on New Year’s Day morning – whether it be 8:00am or 1:00pm.
Have friends bring all their leftover NYE decorations, like party hats, headbands, and noisemakers, and pick up an extra pack or two from the party store yourself.
Pick up some black/gold/silver Happy New Year plates and napkins, and use the festive hats and horns as easy table decor. Add a banner or a few balloons and you are good to go. Also, the more confetti, the better, in my opinion!
Encourage your guests to: “Come as you are!” – Either stay in cozy pajamas or sweats, or put back on last night’s full-on fancy, sequined ensemble, or, heck, even wear that ugly Christmas sweater or holiday onesie one last time!
For drinks: coffee, plus either a bloody mary bar or mimosa bar are a MUST!
Pick up one of the traveler containers of Starbucks coffee, which comes with all the cups, cream and sugar.
A bloody mary bar with all the savory toppings and add-ins, or a mimosa bar with a couple different types of juice and fresh fruit are a delicious way to cheers to the New Year.
Also – serve LOTS of water. You’re welcome.
For food, I like having a savory dish and a sweet one. And in hosting an open house style party, where guests can stop by any time, select foods that are fine served at room temperature, or easily re-heated.
I’ll do some smaller snacks, too, like nuts, fruit, maybe crackers and cheese, too.
I love some mini quiche, or these omelet muffins with a cheesy hash brown crust, made in muffin tins. A sausage and egg casserole works great, as well.
And I think my favorite part of the brunch I hosted a few years ago, was a bread pudding I made with Hawaiian rolls! Omg, yum. Such an indulgent treat that is always a party hit. (The healthy eating starts January 2nd…) Use your favorite caramel sauce-type bread pudding, and sub in torn up Hawaiian rolls for the bread. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
Lastly, I always love an edible party favor…basically something you could have added to the dessert table, just bag it up in little favor bags with ribbon, and voila! Dessert and favor all in one. In past years, I’ve sent friends home from the party with homemade vanilla bean fudge! (Recipe linked below)
Happy New Year, party people!!
I used this Fudge Recipe, the vanilla bean one, and omitted the messy caramel sauce layer, as I wanted these to look nice and neat in their little bags. (But don’t get me wrong, it sounds amazing with that part, too!) You just melt white chocolate and canned sweetened condensed milk (No one ever said this was healthy fudge…) together, and then add in the vanilla and sea salt. I love using this vanilla bean paste, too.
BUT, don’t let me forget the BEST PART.
I added glitter.
Yup. It was amazing. I bought (and am obsessed with!) edible glitter dust in the baking section of Michael’s, and sprinkled it all over the fudge!
Can you say All Dressed Up for New Year’s?! Everything New Year’s related needs some sparkle!
I love all the pearl dust colors – especially the gold, white, and silver. So fun!!