Ring in the New Year Right!
It’s so easy to get all wrapped up in New Year’s Eve partying that you forget all about the opportunity to kick-off the New Year with a celebration. So we’re proposing a New Year’s Day Brunch to ring in 2012 properly. (FYI: If the holiday season is getting by you, it’s not too late to plan a party).
Brunch is a smart choice for your party, as it allows your guests a little extra time to sleep in and then come right on over to your place for a few hours of eating, toasting and ringing in the New Year right. Serve your brunch buffet style so guests can eat at their leisure from breakfast through lunch (a true brunch eater!) And then, if they’re like our families, everyone can claim a spot on the floor to stretch out and watch some football or take a snooze.
Elizabeth’s Merry Mocktail – pictured above
- 1 pint raspberry sorbet
- 1 750 ml bottle sparkling cider
- Using a 1 ½” melon baller/ice cream scoop, place a scoop of sorbet in the bottom of each glass. Fill each glass ¾ with sparkling cider.
Now, if you’re wondering how to incorporate a fun and festive look for a New Year’s celebration into your holiday home, we’ve got just the look (and resource list too) for you. A Brunch Dessert Table is the perfect way to make this party special!
All Photo Credits: Alexandra Mascali
Get The Look – Get The Goodies
(We used the dessert table for the focus of our inspiration, because in all honesty that’s what everyone looks at first when they check out the brunch – they want to know what’s on the dessert table).
Inspiration: Wishes for a bubbly, bright and fun New Year
Color scheme: Red and Party Bluprints Blue.
1. Start with the foundation – silver metallic/sparkle tablecloth topped with a red runner.
2. Anchor table – we selected a silver “bubble” patterned container (nod to the bubbly) and filled it with red roses (in honor of the Tournament of Roses/Rose Bowl – an ingenious way to incorporate the spirit of football on your table) and gorgeous magnolia leaves.
3. Create levels on your table – use cake pedestals and tiered serving trays to go upward instead of outward when presenting your food. Not only will this open up the space but it adds interest as well. Notice how we dressed up the cake pedestal by inserting a gorgeous circular serving dish on top. The pop of color around the circumference of the dish frames the elegant champagne french macarons while the gold from the dish perfectly catches the gold dusted confections.
4. Accessorize table – blue mercury glass votives dot the table (filled with LED tealights), bringing in the blue accent from our color scheme and primary multi-colored sparkling ornaments add some fun. Another fun little accessory we found were clear crystal gem confetti, which we sprinkled all over the table. And, don’t forget a bell for the symbolic ringing in of the New Year.
5. Don’t forget the edible accessories. Since mini French desserts are all the rage, we filled our serving platters and trays with an assortment of them provided by our favorite local bakery, CocoLuxe Fine Pastries. We carefully displayed the desserts as if each were an exquisite piece of art (because they are). Using an assortment of desserts in various shapes and colors allows you to use your food as an accessory in addition to feeding your guests. Note the mini lemon meringue tarts displayed on the decorative serving dish – the combination is stunning
- French Macaron, Opera Torte, Chocolate Praline, and Chouxquette
- Mini Lemon Meringue Tart
- Champagne French Macaron
6. Add conversation starter – this interesting food accessory is a healthy dessert representing “Good Luck”. Good Luck Grapes are easy to skewer on bamboo skewers and then display them on a simple white rectangular tray. (FYI: we were inspired by Spain’s tradition of eating 12 grapes for Good Luck in the New Year.)
7. Add dinnerware – we used our plain white dishes, the perfect structural element to add to this table. We love the “bridges” in this collection, Villeroy & Boch Urban Nature, they are bowls that stretch across the place setting, so clever and so perfect for fruit, a few shots of soup or pasta. The dinnerware is so accommodating for brunch as you are enjoying a variety of dishes/meals – underneath the bridge is a luncheon and dinner size plate. With this clever setting you can keep eating all day until all your plates have been used.
8. Of course, we can’t forget the bubbly on New Year’s Day! Regardless of whether you are serving Champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco or cava, offer your guests flutes to fill. For an added pop of color we placed eye-catching die cut blue/mirrored coasters underneath the flutes.
And with that, cheers to a beautiful New Year – our wish is that you continue to celebrate all year long!
- Bubble Vase
- Silver Tiered Serving Tray
- Silver Cake Pedestal
- Blue die cut/mirrored coasters
Crate & Barrel
- Blue Mercury Glass Votives
Villeroy & Boch
- Urban Nature Flutes
- Urban Nature Dinnerware Collection
- Classic Buffet Plates