New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. In a matter of days people will toast and celebrate the end of 2017 and ring in the New Year, with all the hope and optimism that go along with a fresh start. If you’re hosting a New Year’s party gathering, there is still time to gather all the essentials you’ll need. We’re looking at you, aspiring hostess with the mostess!
It should come as no surprise that New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year. According to the International Business Times, “360 million glasses of sparkling wine will be served during the holiday season,” and “25 percent of all Champagne bottles sold in the U.S. will be purchased in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.” That’s a lot of people drinking a lot of bubbly.
If you’re hosting a gathering, but you’re behind on your party prep, don’t worry, it’s not too late to get everything you need to throw the ultimate NYE celebration. Whether you plan to host an all-night bash or a civilized dinner, you will need the right tools, ingredients, utensils and party essentials to make it a night to remember. Luckily for you and partygoers everywhere, we have you covered.
Here are 10 kitchen essentials every New Years Eve party needs to ring in 2018 in style.
Wine and Champagne Glasses
A Beverage Dispenser
If you want to take your party to the next level, don’t just serve basic cocktails and bubbly. Offer a seasonal cocktail, such as this winter sangria, which is loaded with fresh fruit, cinnamon and, of course, wine. This cute beverage dispenser makes it easy for guests to self-serve without risking a spill. You can serve everything from infused water to sangria, and as an added perk, they really add to any room’s party decor.
Wireless Speaker System
Tinsel Drink Stirrers
It’s no secret your guests will be drinking and toasting well wishes again and again. Their cocktails might need some stirring in the process. Why stick to regular old straws when you can serve your drinks with these gorgeous tinsel stirrers? They are fun, festive, and instantly add some sparkle to your kitchen and bar area.
It’s not a party without food and snacks. Whether you are opting for a proper sit-down dinner or a cocktail party with endless servings of pigs-in-a-blanket, you’ll need the right serving platters to make your food look beautiful and keep your guests satisfied. Get creative; you can mix and match colors and platter sizes so you have something to hold every type of dish. We love combining smaller nesting bowls with larger platters to make tables look gorgeous and make anything any type of food appear delicious.
Make sure you have enough flatware settings (aka forks, knives, spoons) so that all your guests have whatever they need. Disposable cutlery is certainly an easy option, but for your New Year’s party don’t you want something a little more special? Stock up on 5-place settings—we guarantee you’ll use them for years to come.
A good sharp knife set goes a long way when it comes to food prep. Not only does it make your chopping, dicing, slicing and cooking more efficient when you’re entertaining a large group, but it comes in handy for everyday cooking as well. This 3-piece knife set has the essentials—a bread knife, carving knife and versatile utility knife.
Decorations and Photo Booth Props
A party should be fun and delicious, but it should also look festive and beautiful—even in the kitchen, which is where these decorations come into play. Sure, New Year’s Eve hats can be a bit of a cliché, but they are fun and they get people into the spirit of the night while you’re cooking and everyone is eating. So get those hats, streamers, balloons and confetti and don’t hold back. If you want to have a little extra fun, make a photo booth for your guests with silly wearables they can use to make hilarious memories. People love this.
Last but not least, anytime you host a party for a group (big or small) everyone knows what you’re left with at the end of the night: a massive cleanup job, and lots of leftovers. If you don’t want your food to go to waste, invest in some high-quality food storage containers to keep your food fresh for days to come or to send your friends home with a nice doggy bag.
This article has been republished with permission from HispanicKitchen.com