Simple New Years Eve Celebration Ideas

We are staying home this New Year’s Eve.  Well, not entirely, but mostly.

The adults will start with a dinner out, but head straight to our home afterwards for games, dessert and cocktails. Meanwhile, the brood of Tweens and Teens will hang out at home with pizza until we return.

Then the party begins..

We have done this 3 years in a row now and it always includes a variety of board games and this year I am including prizes!

Let’s start with the menu:

1. Pizza for the kids.  Don’t get fancy-we just order it, but you bake a frozen pizza too.

2. Variety of sodas (or Pop, for you West Coasters).  We fill an ice chest with the sodas and leave in the garage next to a big recycle bin.  That way the kids can grab a soda and toss their empty can into recycling.   Both saving the planet and saving my electricity bill!

I will prepare in advance a few hors d’oeuvres that I can pull out.  I’m making these this year.

community Food-Co-op

Pesto, Tomato and Parmesan Crostinis

Spread pesto on crispy baguette slices, top with cherry tomatoes halved (you’ll need about three tomato slices per baguette slice), and top with shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese. Put on a baking tray and heat in the oven until cheese begins to melt. Garnish with fresh basil.

Veggie Tray-

deli bean cafe

You can buy a pre-made one, but they are super simple to put together with a bag of baby carrots, pre-cut broccili and cauliflower, grape tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, cucumber and celery.  I use both hummus and a sour cream dill dip.

Drunken Meatballs-

These are amazing! I found the recipe on and have used it many times!  The recipe makes 48 meatballs.

 1 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup Bourbon
4 dozen meatballs, small, already cooked
Combine the first three ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes, until blended.
Add meatballs and simmer, covered for about 45 minutes.
CROCK POT: For the crock pot, prepare sauce as above. Put meatballs (they can be frozen meatballs) into crock pot, pour sauce over and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours.

I am asking that my guests bring a dessert to share, so I have no idea what they will bring, but just in case no one brings anything, I have a frozen cheesecake.  Don’t judge me.

That’s it for snacks. For drinks, other than soda, I will have wine, beer, and my mix-master husband can whip up any cocktail known to man.

When it comes to decorating ideas I absolutely love Amy at Living Locurto.  She is a genius graphic designer and her site always has fun ideas and printables, so here is what I am downloading.

Living Locurto

I will frame the sign to use as a centerpiece on my kitchen island and then stick the food labels on toothpicks.  The circle tags can be used for scattered table decor and around the house.  Because I am a simple decorator and not an event planner, I try to use what I already have when it comes to decorating.

Another of my favorite sites is Home Stories A to Z and she has a tutorial for New Year’s decorating

This year I have left over silver tinsel from Christmas so after arranging the wine and beer glasses on the island, I will sprinkle the tinsel around to make it sparkly!  I found this very simple and cute centerpiece from Sugar and Bows that I am going to recreate.

Sugar and Bows

For us, New Years Eve is centered around board games.  I am competitive.  My husband is competitive.  We are are out to win and we don’t care if you’re a kid.  We will try to beat you! Here are the games on the roster.

I am most excited about this one because we played it about 10 years ago and the men lost (my husband included) to the women on the word “Espadrille.”   They could not figure out what it was and to this day he is still bitter.  This updated version of the game is a re-match, if you will, and I plan on winning again!

Our family favorite…

And also new to this year…



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