Saturday, December 29, 2018

Do you have exciting plans? My favorite way to spend New Year’s Eve is at home with my little family or with close friends at their house or mine.  I have done the big parties, I have done the hotel packages, and I have gone out to eat over the years.  I worry about being out on the roads and I prefer a quieter atmosphere now.  

Last year was really fun.  We got together with my two college besties and their families and went to one house for appetizers then went to a restaurant, and finally finished at another house for dessert.  

 Some Ideas:

-Have a family friendly gathering and do your countdown at 9 pm.

-Go to the Dollar Tree as soon as you can and check out their supply of party stuff.  Also, the Target Dollar Spot and your local grocery will have some stuff.  

-Use a color theme like white and silver or gold

-Order some food and make some food or ask everyone to bring something.  Themes can be fun like Mexican food or Italian food.  Check out my post here if you need inspiration for entertaining at home.  

This year, we are going back to celebrate with my mom.  She requested this in lieu of doing a Christmas celebration this year.  She spent a few days at my sister’s house for Eve and Day and now we are all going back after leaving her house on the 23rd.  

Domino’s thin crust

She wants to order Domino’s thin crust pizza – I got another person hooked on it!  And, we are all bringing appetizers.  I am making little smokies – just get the tiny little links and mix equal parts grape jelly and chili sauce and put in a little crockpot or on the stovetop and serve with toothpicks.  My husband loves these and I make them just once a year.  I’m also bringing a dip that my aunt makes and the raspberry meringues that I talked about awhile ago.

Chipped Beef Dip:

Mix up 3 tbs. milk, 3 tbs. miracle whip (light works fine), 8 oz. cream cheese (neufchatel or light works fine), a tsp. of Worchesthire and a package of the cheap thin beef slices cut up.  I think the brand I use is called Budding’s and it’s like 70 cents a package.  Serve with Ritz crackers.  


Pink Meringue Cookies

These are super easy but you have to follow directions perfectly.  They take about an hour but the hands on time is only about 10 minutes.  

3 egg whites, 1 tsp. white vinegar, and 1/8 tsp. salt – Beat these until you have stiff peaks.

Add 3/4 cup sugar and 3.5 tablespoons of raspberry jello and gradually beat in

Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips

put them on parchment paper lined cookie sheets (you will need 2) and bake at 250 for 25 minutes

then turn off heat and leave in oven for 20 more minutes

do not open oven door or meringue will fall.


I love this look below with the sparkly leggings contrasted with the plaid flannel. You could also do a pajama theme and that would be fun for kids.


I’m also bringing champagne, cotton candy, this new game for the adults, and Shirley Temples for the kids.

What about you?

Happy New Year! See you back here for Hello Monday!


6 thoughts on “What to Do, What To Wear, and What to Eat on New Year’s Eve

  1. Hi Amy! Love your ideas! I love an at home party with the family on New Year’s Eve. I usually do appetizers, turn on some music, and then throw confetti at midnight if I’m still awake 😂 Enjoy the time with your mom and family. Thanks for blogging!!! You inspire me to be festive and present!


    1. Thank you Noelle! Yes to music! Maybe I will make a Spotify playlist that my little dancing nieces would love! Thanks for the idea! I’m all about making every day the best it can be and being excited about the little things. It doesn’t always happen but I try. Happy New Year to you!


  2. Staying home this New Year’s Eve, but sometimes we go out early for dinner with friends. I’m planning a menu with chicken wings, potato skins and a few other appetizers. Probably watch a few movies and build a fire if it’s cool. I’ve got to try the dominos thin crust. Looks great! Love that beef dip! I always add chives to it too.


    1. Sounds perfect to me – love recreating bar food! Maybe I will try the chives in the dip to fancy it up a notch! Happy New Year’s Theresa!


  3. I’m with you – I always prefer small groups to big parties or going out. For years now we have hosted our best friends at our house or gone to theirs. We eat dinner and play games. I was telling my older son about the meme game and he laughed at me and said I know nothing about memes…so needless to say I’ll be buying it! Ha!!! Happy New Year, I’m glad you’ll be with your mom.


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