Looking for some fun snacks and meal options for your New Year’s party? Consider making some of these sure-to-please options. Whether you want some delicious Chinese food, cute desserts, or delightful drinks, these recipes are sure to please!
1.) Time-oriented treats
For a simple yet memorable New Year’s dessert option, create cupcakes that are shaped like a clock! To begin, frost 12 cupcakes with vanilla or buttercream frosting. Then, on each cupcake, pipe on a roman numeral (from 1-12) with chocolate frosting. Next, on a platter, arrange the cupcakes in a clockwise circle from 1-2 so that it looks like a clock. Pipe on a small and big hand to show what time it is. This adds an air of sophistication to simple cupcakes and makes a fun treat for everyone to enjoy! For a similar spin-off, try clock cookies. You can also do the same thing with a pie. Make a peanut butter, chocolate, or Nutella pie, and pipe chocolate frosting numbers and hands onto the top for a cute garnish.
2.) Must-Try Drinks
There’s no better way to welcome in the New Year than through toasting with champagne. For an added twist on an old favorite, whip up a batch of champagne punch! Place 2 bottles of champagne, 2 quarts fresh orange juice, and 1 2-liter bottle of ginger ale in the refrigerator to chill. Place 1 quart of orange sherbet in a punch bowl; first pour the orange juice over it, then the ginger ale, and finally the champagne. Stir gently until the drink is foamy, and serve in champagne glasses. For another fruity champagne option, place 1 sugar cube each in the bottom of 8 separate champagne flutes. Then, pour two tablespoons of cranberry juice into each flute. Next, fill each flute to the top with champagne or sparkling white grape juice. Garnish with fresh cranberries on top if desired. This is a sweet yet tangy festive drink sure to please.
3.) Chinese Food
There’s no better way to welcome in the New Year than with a tasty Chinese meal. Rather than going to a restaurant, though, consider making your own food at home. If you’re feeling daring, consider making a batch of egg rolls. The recipe is rather time-consuming, but the end result is well worth it. For something simpler, you can easily whip up a batch of Chinese Chicken Noodles in less than 20 minutes! In a skillet, brown 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Add ½ cup sliced onions, 2 cups broccoli florets, 2 chopped carrots, and 2 cups of snow peas. Cover the skillet and steam for 2 minutes. Add 4 cups of dry Chinese noodles and ¼ cup of teriyaki sauce. Stir into the chicken/vegetable mixture until everything is well-combined. Cook for a few minutes until the noodles are tender. If you’re trying to watch your figure, there are several low-fat recipes that you can also make! These recipes taste just as good as regular ones but skip the fat and sodium.
Regardless of which recipe you choose, you’re sure to impress your friends and family with any of these options. Happy New Year–and bon appetit!
Kendra Smith is a food blogger who loves creating new recipes.