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Ideas for a Simple New Year’s Bash at Home

Ideas for a Simple New Year’s Bash at Home
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If you’re like me, you are over the going out scene – the overpriced drinks, the traffic, crowds, lines to get in, not to mention sleeping in the entire first day of the year. If you are looking to host a house party, here are some ideas for a simple New Year’s Eve Bash.

Music

Create your favorite playlist on Spotify with Alexa cued to play on command. Another favorite is SoundCloud – look for your favorite DJ’s pages so you can download or play their premixed jams.

Decor

Keep it simple by leaving your holiday decor up and adding some balloons and confetti. Sometimes the easiest parties are those that focus on food and drinks

Food

Nothing says easy breezy like a Pot Luck Party! Have your friends bring a dish to nibble on or order some pizza! BUT if you want to be the host with the most, make a crowd-pleasing dish like this Pull Apart Garlic Bread Pizza Dip by Delish

Garlic Bread Pull Apart Pizza Bites by Delish
Garlic Bread Pull Apart Pizza Bites by Delish

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
  • (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1/3 cups plus 2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mini pepperoni (or veggies)
  • (16-oz.) cans refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands)
  • 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups mozzarella, cream cheese, ricotta, ⅓ cup Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt. Transfer mixture to a 9″-x-13″ baking dish then spread pizza sauce on top. Top with remaining 1 cup mozzarella and pepperoni.
  2. Halve biscuits and roll into balls, then place on top of dip.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, and parsley. Brush on biscuits and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
  4. Bake until biscuits are golden and cheese is melty, about 45 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil and bake until biscuits are cooked through, another 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Drink

Put a little twist in your champagne cocktail this year with a colorful Cranberry Kir Royale from CookingChannel TV

Cranberry Kir Royale by Cooking Channel TV

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups frozen cranberries, plus 1/2 cup for garnish
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 bottle Champagne

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add cranberries, orange juice, zest and sugar to a large pan and set over medium heat until berries break-down slightly and liquid is syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. *Pour into a blender and process, be careful of the hot liquid expanding when you blend – use a towel over the top of the blender.
  2. Strain and discard any solids then set aside and cool.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of cranberry-orange syrup into the bottoms of 4 chilled champagne glasses. Add a few cranberries to each glass and gently top off each glass with Champagne.

    Pro Tip: When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.



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