Let’s face it New Year’s Eve can be mostly a lot of hype, you want it to be that amazing spontaneous experience but without prior planning and group co-operation that hope usually falls flat. We wanted to bring a more casual elegance to our NYE celebration and let the exciting, spontaneous pieces be the food and beverage and let our guests come as festive or casual as they please. Very much like the juxtaposition of lazy lifestyle and glamorous chic of the Gatsby era, the era we think is the perfect theme for a NYE celebration!
When planning a casual but ever so glamorous get together, focus not on a plated sit down meal but on different savory/sweet bites and interesting cocktails to sip with. The classic shrimp cocktail is everyone’s party favorite and we gave it a twist by pairing several perfect looking shrimps in a deco ice cream dish. Splash some homemade cocktail sauce on the bottom, toss a little watercress on top and drizzle with some good olive oil and a twist of lemon. Upside? Your guests can cart their cup of deliciousness around with them without worrying about spillage, one of the most important things to avoid at any party, specifically one that is serving libations.
Crispy meat and cheese is another sure fire way to deliver deliciousness to your guests, a little prosciutto salami fried crisp and topped with a dollop of sour cream and basil. These little discs of flavor are courtesy of Cioffi’s Deli in the Burnaby Heights district, and one of our favorite places to shop for all of our parties. We even picked up our fontina cheese and marinara sauce there for our risotto bites, which are the perfect way to sop up a little of that bubbly you are bound to consume on New Year’s Eve. We will always feature a gorgeous cheese platter at any soiree and this one is possibly our best. Any great cheese platter must have fresh bread, a sweet and savory component and the cheese…oh the lovely cheese! A soft cheese like this triple cream French brie, a savory Gruyere and sharp, crumbly Parmesan are presented with a 15 year aged balsamic, jalapeño and pomegranate spread, fresh bread and crisp grapes.
A tower of sweets is a perfect end to any festive table scape and we decided to add some sparkle to an old favorite but not often used snack staple, the Oreo! Dip one half in white chocolate and garnish with edible gold glitter. Along side these decadent Oreos we offered our guests vanilla bean cheesecake bites with ingredients courtesy of Gourmet Warehouse in Vancouver.
No party is complete without a complimentary drink section for your guests. Most parties these days tend to be BYOB but as excellent hostesses we concocted 2 deco themed cocktails in a section of their own. The Royal Lady is a gin cocktail of 1-part gin, 1 part tonic, a splash of champagne or prosecco and a squeeze of lime. Beauty Be Dammed was our take on a Kir Royale with champagne, cranberry syrup and frozen sugared cranberries to garnish.
We have to thank Posh Pantry in the Burnaby Heights for loaning us their gorgeous kitchen space to host our holiday get together in, their miles of marble countertops were a god send because doesn’t the party always end up in the kitchen? Check out stylexbeautydept.com for more in depth recipes for the above nibbles!
Decor and Styling: @iiisoniaii
Food Styling and Prep: @stylexbeautydept
Food Vendors: @cioffismeatmarket @gourmetwarehouse