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Monday, December 31, 2012

Bonne Année~ A Parisian New Year’s Eve Feast

I like to usher in the New Year at home with lovely cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres.

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There are certain elements that I love when creating a pretty presentation fit for a New Year’s Eve party.

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A collection of plates, forks and napkins piled high on a silver tray sets a festive tone.

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Next of course is food.

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A lovely combination of sweet and savory goodness.

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For 2013 I selected a Parisian theme in monochromatic shades worthy of a grand Bonne année.

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For sweet offerings there is of course small tokens of chocolate…

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… as well as a luscious lemon tart.

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Savory selections include brie bites, an assortment of cheeses and spiced nuts.

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For those who have started their new years diet early: an offering of crisp vegetables and a light sour cream dip.

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Champagne is of course the drink of choice. But I myself prefer a champagne cocktail.

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My favorite concoction is the “Moonwalk”. It was created in 1969 for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin by Joe Gilmore, head barman at the Savoy Hotel's American Bar. It is oh so easy to mix and wonderfully delicious.

For one cocktail

1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
2~3 drops rose water
champagne or sparkling wine, to top

Fill a cocktail shaker or pitcher with ice, add Grand Marnier, grapefruit juice and rosewater, vigorously shake or mix. Strain into a champagne glass; top with champagne.

Enjoy responsibly!

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To see the table setting go HERE.

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To make the party hats go HERE.

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I know the vast majority of bloggers took last week off, but I am opting to take the next few days to finally decorate my office. See you in 2013. May it be happy, healthy and prosperous for all!

What will you be serving this New Year’s Eve?


Linking to:

StoneGable, Designs by Gollum, ASTL, BNOTP


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Laura, what a beautiful and gloriously yummy post!
Happy New Year, dear friend.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, it all looks amazing. I hope you have a super New Year. Hugs, Marty

Karen Albert said...

A beautiful experience to ring in the New Year Laura!

Wishing you all the best in the Year ahead!

Art by Karena

Decorating Lady's Humble Abode said...

Beautiful, simple beautiful. All of the decor blends in sooo pretty for a lovely table setting. I know your guest will have a great time at your house. Happy New Year from Humble Abode

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

What a scrumptious looking table!! Decor and Food. and, could you pass me one of those cocktails...well, maybe 2!!

Jen said...

Oh my what a delightful and wonderful feast, for both the eyes and the palate. Everything is just beautiful!

Happy, Happy New Year Laura!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful way to ring in the new year! Hope it is a glorious year for you!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks absolutely beautiful and YUMMY too!! Happy New Year!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks like your house is the place to be to ring in the New Year, Laura! Love the table setting and the food looks delicious. Happy New Year!

Myna Kay said...

What a beautiful setting! Have a blessed New Year, Laura.

ImagiMeri said...

God Bless, and may 2013 be a year for joy and wonder.

Love ya'

Hi, I'm MarySue said...

So very, very pretty. Happiness to you in 2013.

Cindy said...

Beautiful!! Happy 2013!!!

Maria Elena said...

Laura. what a gorgeous table setting! Happy New Year!

Sammy said...

Breathtakingly beautiful!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Happy New Year's Laura! Wish I could have been there to share in all that lovely food - and to just enjoy looking at the delightful display!

Chubby Chieque said...

Hi Laura,
This is the best celebration I saw this evening.

An absolutely FAB. Hope everyone had a great moment together.

Happy New Year.

/CC girl

Christie said...

Wow! You set a beautiful and bountiful table! Happy New Year!

openid said...

Dear Laura,
The more I read your words and look at images of your creations, I am convinced you should add party/wedding planner to your resume.
Listen for my champagne glass clinking against yours as I wish you and your family the best year yet!
Your Friend,

Liz said...

Oh My Gosh! What a fun party!!! Can't wait to see what you did with your office! :)

Happy New Year!! :)

French said...

Looks ready for a mighty fun party!!! Love it all, and wishing the house a tres Bonne Annee 2013!!

Danielle said...

I love your Parisean theme! It all looks so lovely. Hope you had a wonderful night!
Happy New Year!


Linda said...

Happy New Year, Laura! :^)

We too served up an array of appetizers for New Year's Eve, for Jim, Sarah, two of Sarah's friends, and I. That was our big party, lol, but things were loud and festive thanks to the three teenage girls.

My table setting wasn't nearly as pretty as yours though - It was more just a use of my existing Christmas items minus any Santas,etc., but it was by candlelight as well and everyone liked it.

This is the time of year where I always feel uninspired and in the dumps. January is the worst month for me. So far, so good, but I haven't returned to work yet - not until next week, so that will be the true test.

Hope your year is great.

Love, Linda

Sarah said...

Laura, I knew this would be a fabulous party. I love all the Parisian details and have made notes for myself for next year. We haven't hosted a New Year's Day brunch in some time, but you've inspired me to start thinking about doing just that. Thank you, dear friend. Hope 2013 is a great year for you.......Sarah

Rebecca said...

This is just wonderful! Your attention to detail is amazing. Love the hats. Cheers!