A New Years Celebration

 Here’s a quick and easy set up for a New Years Eve Party!

 A New Years Celebration

When it comes time to celebrating the New Year I’m excited. Excited to attend a New Years party hosted by someone else for a change! After a few months of enjoyable party madness I’m completely exhausted…yes this is coming from a Gala Gal…aren’t we all!

I tried to lay low, but as usual the ideas on my mind didn’t let me. Though my friend Ivanna was hosting our New Year’s Eve party at her house I asked her if I could decorate her table with a few simple decorations.

My goal was to keep it simple since Christmas has completely depleted my pocket book!

A Dollar Store Party

This was my Dollar Store Party! I took a trip to the dollar store and believe it or not I spent less than $10.00 on my decorations. Though I had a few dollar store items on hand and Ivanna (my friend hosting the party bought a few things as well) I put them all on the list just to give you the idea on how cheap it can be to host and decorate for New Years! Here is my shopping list.

Champagne Glasses (adult and child size!)

Clear Appetizer Plates

Glittered Gift Bag

Mini Plastic Shot Glasses

Clear plastic cups

Silver serving tray

New Year’s eve mini party horns

‘ Time’ to Party

Once again ‘TIME’ became our theme. My adult champagne glasses became our cupcake holders and with that $1.00 store glittered gift bag I made cute number cupcake toppers. Who new a $1.00 store gift bag could be the perfect scrapbook themed paper for your party!

I used Ivanna’s silver ice bucket to keep our Sparkling Cider cold and ready for midnight and threw in some silver sparkle tinsel!

 Here’s a fun ribbon cover for a bottle.

 And that’s it! Simple, fun and festive!

Midnight Munchies

At our New Year’s Eve parties we usually start the celebration after dinner and share a variety of appetizers and midnight snacks. So there’s no need to bring out the dinner dishes and silverware. We just throw the appetizers on the kitchen counter and dig in all night long.

I did go the extra mile and decorate our mini appetizer plates. If you have quite a few guests then this might not be practical, however for a few, the extra time and effort will make it special. With clear plates you can personalize and decorate to match your theme.

Now a few of you might question why my circles are not cut perfectly and believe me when I look at this picture I cringe every time seeing my unproportionately cut circles, I justify by saying life’s too short to worry about being perfect so cut away freehand and enjoy the moment!

I think they turned out cute!

Here are a few munchies you might want to give a try, they were super yummy!

This was an easy recipe I made ahead of time. I served them up in a mini tin can along with cupcake liners for guests to fill repeatedly through the night.

Sugar Coated Pecans

1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecan halves
1 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease one baking sheet.

In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate
bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

Add pecans to egg whites, stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts, and toss
them in the sugar mixture until coated. Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking

Bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.

Holiday Caramel Popcorn

The morning news show shared this recipe and it looked too good not to give a try. It’s another easy recipe you can make ahead of time and store in Ziploc or airtight containers to keep fresh until the party. The credit goes to www.fox13now.com.


  • 1 Bag Microwave Popcorn
  • 1/2 Cup Peanuts
  • 1/4 Cup Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter Chips

In a large bowl, combine the popcorn and nuts then set aside. In a heavy bottom sauce pot combine the sugar, syrup, butter and salt. Place over medium-high heat and stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Once the caramel comes to a boil, stop stirring and continue to cook another 5  minutes. Add the soda and vanilla to the caramel, then stir to combine. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and mix well. Move the corn into a greased pan. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes stirring once.Transfer the hot corn onto parchment paper. Cover with the peanut butter chips and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Break apart and store in air tight bags.

These plastic $1.00 store clear cups became personalized popcorn bowls. Labeling helps with minimizing using less dishes and our guests can refill all through the night!

Better than ‘YOU KNOW WHAT’  Cake!

Ivanna made this yummy cake. When our family gets together we seem to always over do it with desserts.

If you don’t already know this recipe here is the one we use!

Make a sheet cake of your choice. I like the Double Chocolate Duncan Hines cake mix! Poke several holes into your sheet cake. Pour 1 can sweetened condensed mix over the top to soak in. Then pour over a jar of caramel topping to soak in as well. Frost and add chocolate bits on top with a little more caramel.

Champagne Cupcakes

I will definitely be making these cupcakes again! Sprinklebakes.com made my day when I bit into one of these creme filled cupcakes. YUM!


1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup champagne, prosecco or your choice of sparkling wine. (I used Sparkling Apple Cider!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.  in a medium sized bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup champagne and 1/2 cup sour cream (mixture will fizz and bubble a little).  Add flour and champagne mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour.  Batter will be thick.

Fill cupcake papers with 1/4 cup level measures of batter.  Bake for 17-22 minutes.  Set aside.

Champagne Pastry Creme Filling:

1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 cup champagne or prosecco (I used Sparkling Apple Cider)
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 tbsp granulated sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla

In a medium bowl, whisk cornstarch in 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Combine the remaining heavy cream, sugar and 1/2 cup champagne in a saucepan; bring to a boil then remove from heat.

Beat the whole egg and egg yolks into the cornstarch/heavy cream mixture.  Pour 1/3 of boiling champagne mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly so the eggs do not cook.  Return the remaining champagne/heavy cream mixture to a boil.  Pour in the hot egg mixture in a stream, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and beat in the butter and vanilla.

Cut a divot into the top of each cupcake and fill with pastry cream.  Trim the cut-out cake pieces flat to make a “lid” and place on top of the filled divot.

Champagne Frosting:

1 cup plus 1 tbsp. champagne or prosecco (Since I used Sparkling apple Cider, I didn’t cook but just added the 2 tablespoons after the frosting was thick and fluffy)
2 sticks of butter softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Place 1 cup of champagne in a small saucepan.  Simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons.  Transfer to a small bowl or condiment cup and allow to cool.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream softened butter and powdered sugar together.  Once the frosting is thick and fluffy, pour in the reduced 2 tbsp. champagne plus  1 tbsp. champagne from the bottle and mix well.

Frost the cream-filled cupcakes and decorate as you like.

A Shot for Good Luck!

Our Argentine friends have these New Year tradition using pennies and grapes. Ivanna makes sure everyone has 12 pennies and 12 grapes after the New Year hits. The tradition is to run outside… freeze your buns that first few minutes of the New Year, stand in the middle of the street facing north and throw your 12 pennies over your shoulder for good luck! We then run back inside and make a wish for each month as we eat our 12 grapes, one by one. It’s a family tradition we enjoy every year.


Cheers and Happy New Year!

Ending the year, or should we say beginning the year with

Family, Friends, Food and Fun!

The Maloy’s

Ne Years Party at Ivannasus

The other Maloy’s, hee, hee!

Ne Years Party at Ivannasheidi

The Nubert’s

Ne Years Party at Ivannasfriends

The DeSantiagos

Ne Years Party at Ivannasfrank

Happy New Year!


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