Cheers to a new year! Ring in 2013 with a fun, festive party starring sweet snacks and bottles of bubbly. It’s the perfect indulgence to top off a fabulous holiday season — use our recipes and entertaining tips to start planning your celebration.
First things first: stock your wine collection with some sparklers. Serving the same wine all night makes for simple entertaining; if you do that, you may choose a Spanish Cava or Italian Prosecco, which are less expensive bubblies suitable for a crowd.
Alternatively, offer a range of sparkling wines and give guests the opportunity to taste their differences: a crisp Champagne from France, a juicy Prosecco from Italy, and a soft sparkling Pinot Noir from California. Learn more about different styles of sparkling wines here.
If you like, make a batch of herb-infused simple syrup and combine with whatever bubbly you choose for a quick, easy sparkling cocktail.
While we love the idea of a Champagne and sweets celebration, but you may want to have some savory hors d’oeuvres on hand as well. Serve dates stuffed with tangy cheese, crab and cucumber canapes, and oysters on the half-shell with a simple winter slaw. All will pair beautifully with the effervescent wines.
When it is time for dessert, mix your favorite candies and chocolates with homemade treats. Light, elegant macarons, our peppermint bark and classic chocolates make beautiful displays. Make it your own by baking mini profiteroles and lemon tartlets as well — both are ideal for working ahead.
- Self-serve hors d’oeuvres allow for a creative and unexpected table arrangement. Stack plates and napkins toward the front of the table, place Champagne flutes on the side, and let the desserts steal the show.
- Use a variety of platters and serving pieces in different shapes and finishes for interest. Colorful candies stand out in glass canisters, and a tiered stand ups the elegance of any bite-sized treats.
- Chilling Champagne on ice isn’t just functional, it also makes a beautiful presentation. A large party bucket can accommodate a few bottles at once.
- Champagne flutes are the festive choice, but if you’re serious about bubbly, consider serving it in white wine glasses. According to our wine expert, they are ideal for appreciating the aromas of sparkling wines.