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Spruce Up Your New Year’s Eve Party!

December 29, 2017

Words and photos by: Hannah Betts of the interior styling and photography studio, Lives Styled

Celebrating the arrival of the new year is one of our favorite things! Anything from a simple night at home to a stunning gala, however you chose to celebrate, the excitement of the new year is worth toasting! Here are a few simple ways to spruce up your party- from infused ice cubes to the confetti itself.

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Infused Ice Cubes

When it comes to the drinks, we have prepared a few ways to garnish your favorite bubbly beverage. As much as we love champagne sometimes it’s nice to have a mocktail in your hand to celebrate. Hart’s Local Grocers has so many to chose from! For this recipe we used Dry Sparkling cranberry drink. We will start with the infused ice cubes. For this particular garnish, cranberries, pomegranate seeds and rosemary were the items of choice. There is a way to get non-cloudy ice cubes and it is incredibly easy, just make sure to give yourself some time.

  1. Fill a kettle or small pot with water. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, let it cool back down.
  3. Turn the heat back on and bring the water to a boil again.
  4. When it reaches a boil, remove from heat.
  5. Now you can add the fruit and herbs. Place the fruit or garnish in the ice cube tray first.
  6. Fill each cavity with water.
  7. Place your ice cube tray in the freezer and leave until frozen (if the water in the tray is still warm, let it sit until it reaches room temperature before placing the tray in the freezer).

Simple, beautiful, and when your ice melts it will be a delicious garnish you can eat in your favorite drink.

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Iced Fruit Skewer

Another super easy drink garnish is an iced fruit skewer. We used larger skewers we had on hand, however you could easily make more minimal ones and use toothpicks. The best part about these is not only do they garnish your drink and keep it cold, but they also make a great snack! Here’s how simple this is:

  1. Choose your desired fruits (for this post we have chosen blackberries, blueberries and raspberries).
  2. Skewer each fruit to desired amount (we chose to keep the skewers to the same fruits however you can definitely mix and match fruits if you choose).
  3. Put the finished skewers on a plate or in a ziplock bag and place in the freezer.
  4. Keep them there overnight- or at least until frozen.

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We also skewered some yummy candied ginger. These again can be used in your drinks as a garnish. It looks so beautiful and tastes so sweet! The sugar cane coating almost make it look like glitter on the outside. Perfect for a New Year’s celebration!

Classic Sugar Rim

The final garnish is classic sugar rim. You can easily just use natural color organic sugar cane to coat the glass rim. However, we chose to step this one up a notch. We decided to bring in a some pink and more flavor by mixing a little pomegranate juice in with the sugar cane:

  1. Pour some of the sugar cane into a bowl.
  2. Pour a small amount of the pomegranate juice on the sugar.
  3. Mix together (if the mixture seems slushy, keep adding a little more sugar at a time to get a more granular consistency).
  4. Once you feel it’s a proper ratio, spread out the sugar as much as possible in the bowl.
  5. Leave out until the sugar dries.
  6. When that’s ready, you can coat the glass rim.
  7. Put a shallow amount of water/chosen drink on a plate.
  8. Dip the rim of your glass in the water, then dip it in the sugar.

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Shopping list:
Reed’s Crystallized Ginger Candy
Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Cranberries
Pom Wonderful Pomegranate, Fresh Arils
Toothpicks
Rosemary
Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water
Harts Paper Bag
Lets Do Organic Coconut Flakes, 100% Organic
Dry Sparkling Beverage Cranberry

Your Tabletop

That’s it! We not only wanted to inspire you to create great tasting snacks and drinks, but ones that also look beautiful when set on top of any table.

There wasn’t much else that needed to be added to make this setting look festive! However, we were able to add a little whimsy with some DIY confetti (though the poppers themselves were something we had on hand). The filling is where we got more creative. One of the poppers was filled with coconut flakes (love the idea of using food in a non-conventional way) and the other is confetti made from the Hart’s grocery bag itself! We had two different size hole punchers on hand and just started taking clippings from the bag. Once it was spread on the table, we sprinkled in some extra gold sparkles for a little glitz!

We hope this brings a little inspiration to your celebrations this weekend! Cheers to the New Year! xo!

 

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