The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Dinner Party Plan
When I was in my twenties, New Year’s Eve always involved a new dress, a stylish blowout, and an extravagant night on the town. Now that I’m in my thirties, I still love ringing in the New Year, but I no longer want to be in a crowded bar with 200 strangers drinking so-so champagne and taking a three-times surging Uber to get home when all the bars close at 2 a.m. Instead, I prefer to throw an elegant and sophisticated affair for my nearest and dearest in the comforts of my own home. I still get dressed up, but I select the bottles of bubbly that go in the fridge, and I make the food that sits on the table. If you love hosting events and have never thrown a New Year’s Eve dinner, I highly recommend it! To inspire you to gather your favorite people to enjoy the last meal of 2015, here is everything you need to plan the ultimate dinner party.
Oysters are always welcome on a New Year’s Eve table and who wouldn’t love them piping hot from the broiler with a bacon, butter, and Worcestershire topping? Certainly not me! Be sure to use a shucking knife when cracking open oysters—you don’t want to have to go to the hospital on the last night of the year because you stabbed your hand.
These prosciutto crisps might just be the world’s easiest and most addictive appetizer. All you do is place slices of prosciutto on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sage leaves, drizzle with olive oil, and bake. Violà! Crunchy, delightful chips of prosciutto that pair perfectly with the juniper champagne cocktail.
After everyone has had their fill of appetizers, invite your guests to join you at the table for a palette-cleansing first course: mustard green salad with ginger honey vinaigrette. It’s a light, refreshing, and crisp salad that would be lovely paired with a dry and minerally white wine.
When serving a crowd a celebratory meal, you can’t go wrong with a whole roasted beef tenderloin. Pick up an affordable piece of meat at Costco and season it with mustard, thyme, and plenty of salt and pepper. Sliced and served with a mushroom ragout and horseradish crème fraîche—it makes a stunning and scrumptious entree.
Meat and potatoes are a classic combination that never gets old. Serve the steak alongside twice-baked potatoes. This recipe fills potato skin shells with a mixture of mashed potatoes, sour cream, butter, and chives—if you prefer cheesy twice baked potatoes, go ahead and add some grated white cheddar to the bowl.
What’s on your menu for New Year’s Eve? How will you be ringing in 2016?