As you all know, I love throwing parties. This week I'm talking about hosting a New Year's Eve Party. Yesterday I created elegant invitations with black and gold paper and today I'm planning the menu. It's always a good idea to map out the menu as soon as you have decided to throw the party. This way you can purchase specialty goods early and prepare certain foods ahead of time. To take a look at the menu I'll be serving on Sunday,

Menu: I like to spend the afternoon before the last night of the year leisurely primping and prepping for the main event. Luckily I invited people late enough so that everyone should have had dinner which means that my nibbles can be light and small. In order for me to enjoy my beauty afternoon I'll plan a menu of easy make ahead appetizers. I'll offer
Smoked Salmon Spread

Sweet Potato Cakes with Fresh Cranberry Relish

, and
Apple Chicken Salad

in lettuce leaves. For dessert I'll make
Samoas Cupcakes

the day before and I'll place lots of little gold bowls with
Champagne Grapes

as a tiny tasty treat to munch on anytime throughout the night.

Click on image to read the recipe:

Smoked Salmon Spread Sweet Potato Cakes with Fresh Cranberry Relish Apple Chicken Salad Samoas Cupcakes Champagne Grapes

Drinks: Now that the food is sorted out, it's time to discuss drinks. I will serve tons of cava (the Spanish version of champagne) and one specialty cocktail, a
Pink Elephant

(Eva Mendes is a fan of this drink). When my guests RSVP, I'll let them know that if they want to drink beer they should bring their own. I'll also offer a non-alcoholic mocktail in the form of
Virgin Strawberry Bellinis


Pink Elephant Virgin Strawberry Bellinis

Think my menu lacks your most requested appetizer recipe? Well post it in the recipe section with the tag New Year's Eve and I may serve it at the party and feature it here!