New Year's Celebrations
Ring in the new year with a party to remember!
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The Breakfast Cure
If you went to bed a bit too boozy only to regret the woozy sight of New Year's morning, then these greasy breakfast recipes might be just the Rx.
But no matter what condition you're in, a nice brunch gets the year off to a delicious start.
Party Tips and Decoration Inspiration
- Pass out tiaras, top hats, and party whistles, or set up an area where everyone can decorate paper hats.
- Include noisemakers for the kids.
- Ask everyone to bring a scrapbook item celebrating happy events from their year.
- Portable photo printers to use with guests' digital cameras area great way to create fun on the spot.
- Play games while you're waiting for midnight. Charades or classic board games are always popular.
- Go overboard with flowers, balloons, banners,and sparkles.
- Party favors! Send guests home with a "good luck" gift bag filled with candies, charms, and flower seeds to plant in the New Year.
Pop the Bubbly and Pass the Apps!
- Toasting the New Year with Champagne or sparkling wine is a must. Provide sparkling cider and kid-friendly punch, too.
- And what goes better with bubbly than festive finger foods? Serve up an array of hot and cold appetizers, dips, and desserts in bite-size servings to keep things easy.
Start the Year Lucky
- Many cultures believe certain foods are lucky on New Year's Day. Hoppin' John, or black-eyed peas and rice, is traditional throughout the southern U.S.
- In Europe, a silver coin, a ring and other charms are baked into cakes for good fortune. The person who finds the coin will find wealth, the one who gets the ring will be married.
- Include these good-luck foods on your buffet table--and don't forget the fortune cookies!