Let’s Get Prepped for New Year’s Eve

New Years Eve party prep tips

The countdown to the New Year is on! Bossy me wants to ensure you’re looking and feeling your best when you take 2016 by storm. If you follow my New Year’s Eve prep guide then you’ll be all set. 

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Get your Party Dress On

Whether it’s heading to your favourite clothing store or searching through your closet (or a friend’s) to find the perfect holiday ensemble, make sure whatever you’re wearing makes you feel fabulous. Even if your party is at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t glam up a bit. My go-to New Year’s outfit is a sequined tank with jeans and flats. The confidence boost you’ll get from dolling up will help you get your groove on. I promise. 

Feed your Appetite

If you’re hosting a party, make sure you have enough appetizers to last throughout the night. I always put out lots of trays of cheese, crackers, charcuterie and dips. Hot appetizers are best passed, since they taste yucky after they’ve been sitting for a while. Bring out food sporadically throughout the night rather than all at once to keep it all so exciting. Have some sweets and treats for just before midnight. Tip: put aside something hearty for a post-apocalyptic snack. Tipplers get hungry, but you don’t want them getting hangry.

Serve a Ready-Made Signature Cocktail

You don’t want to play barista all night, so make up one signature cocktail and then let your guests serve themselves the rest of the evening. If you can, choose a drink that can be prepared in a larger quantity, and served by the pitcher or in a punch bowl. This deliciously warming Winter Spice punch is just the ticket, I think


Winter Spice Cocktail

Recipe courtesy of Sunkist and Bar Begonia’s Oliver Stern

(note: recipe for single cocktail. Instructions to convert to punch included)

1 oz Bourbon

1 oz freshly squeezed Sunkist Clementine juice

1/2 oz cherry heering liquer

1 oz dry vermouth

1/4 oz Angostura syrup

What to do:

For a single drink: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker ad shake with ice. Straing into a glass with ice and garnish with Sunkist Clementine zest

For the Angostura syrup: combine 1 part Angostura bitters with 1 part water and 2 parts sugar

To convert this recipe into a punch: Multiply the recipe by the number of drinks needed. Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl. Top with 1 oz of water per number of drinks. Have large ice cubes in a n ice bucket nearby. Fill a glass with ice and

Tip 1: freeze re-usable ‘ice cubes’ and add to punch bowl to keep the punch cold but not diluted

Tip 2: Winter spice not to your taste? To create any punch, combine your  choice of ingredients in the following ratio: 1 part sour, 2 parts sweet, 3 parts strong, and 4 parts weak. Citrus can be your sour, sweet, or weak, making it the ideal punch ingredient.

I am part of the Church & Dwight Ambassador program. While I was compensated for the writing, all opinions are my own. 

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