Wait! The over-indulging has not ended just yet, Womanistas, we still have New Year's Eve to thank for one last delicious menu for 2015. And what is an incredible cocktail party menu without a little sparkle and sass like this gilded gold hand calligraphy menu by Monica Lavin?
At Thanksgiving, we enjoyed seasonal ingredients with pumpkin, cocktailed it up with The Gobbler Cobbler and did it all with an incredible tablscape. As the winter holidays approached, we took our dessert to a new level with peppermint, but not before the main event with Jeff Ruby's Prime Rib. With NYE just around the corner, we enlisted the help of LPH & Co to create a curated a selection of finger foods and mouth-watering apps and drinks that will get your guests in the mood to party! Don't forget the final touch, our printable menu to complete your holiday tablescape.
Cassie Kelley shared this recipe with My Country Nation and it is the perfect crowd-pleaser for your NYE party guests. Not only is this cocktail pretty, it's not too sweet, easy to whip-up in a pinch and topped off with some celebratory bubbles. You can can also make it ahead of time and place on a self-serve bar to allow easy access for your guests.
Citrus Countdown Cocktail, courtesy of Emily McCarthy
Emily mixed up her Citrus Countdown Cocktail because it incorporates all of her favorite ingredients! Plus, the bubbles pair well with savory basil, making a festive and light wintery drink.
White Hot + Bothered Brew, courtesy of Mrs. Lilien
Mrs. (Kelley) Lilien is a graphic designer, tastemaker and author of Mrs. Lilien's Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook. She whipped up a boozy treat that doubles as a fabulous warm dessert. And what is a NYE social event worth attending without an epic end of the night cheers-worthy drink?
Spinach Lasagne Rolls on Crispy Pasta Chips, courtesy of Sarah Arel, Chefmade
Two favorite Italian dishes merge into one incredible appetizer with these rolls created by Sarah Arel of Chefmade. While pasta is generally not thought of as an appetizer food, when made in small portions and served on an edible plate, it instantly becomes party food perfection. These adorable no forks required, cheesy appetizers are perfect for a holiday party- especially since you can make all of the components ahead of time and then bake them when your guests start working through the door.
NYE Cheese and Charcuterie Board, courtesy of Mandy Kellogg Rye, Waiting on Martha
What better way to round out the stretch of gluttony that comes with the holidays than the ultimate, abundant cheese and charcuterie board? Lifestyle blogger Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha has created an easy, no-cook appetizer to serve at your New Year's cocktail party as guests gather round to mingle and nibble on these tasty bites.
Brussels Sprouts, Arugula and Hazelnut Salad, courtesy of Monica Lavin, Lavin Label
Monica Lavin not only created the beautiful calligraphy NYE Menu, so has whipped up a delicious and light salad as well. Her site, Lavin Label, showcases this dish with brussels sprouts, arugula and hazelnuts come together in a healthy salad. Lavin says, "I love to prepare this salad for friends because it’s easy, quick and tossed in the most addictive olive oil based dressing!"
Champagne Salad, courtesy of Courtney Whitmore, Pizzazzerie
Courtney Whitmore is the cookbook author and blogger behind Pizzazzerie.com. For this holiday dish, Whitmore recommends serving a tray of champagne salads in champagne flutes as the perfect way to ring in the new year. The creamy champagne dressing is a delicious way to enjoy bubbly even in a salad dressing!
Pancetta and Fig Brussels Sprouts, courtesy of Ashley Lastovica, Fancy Ashley
What do you get when you combine brussel sprouts, pancetta and figs? A flavorful combination that works well with just about anything! Foodie and lifestyle blogger, Ashley Lastovica of Fancy Ashley whips up this seasonal favorite that is the perfect hearty addition to your cocktail soiree.
Adult Popsicles, courtesy of Libbie Summers
The final course of any party should always have a fun factor –especially on New Year’s Eve. This is the perfect playful dessert to end the year with a giggle. Libbie Summers has created an easy to make in advance recipe (put some in the freezer now), fruity, sweet and with just enough pop and fizz to wet any whistle before a fireworks kind of kiss!