New Year’s Eve Champagne & Toasts


New Year’s Eve Champagne Bar & Toasts

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ring in 2018 with 6 fun Champagne Cocktails sure to please all your guests, and some wise words to share with those Champagne Toasts at midnight.  

This year I feel like we are saying “Bye Felicia” to 2017. I know so many people that have not had a good year, and are ready for a new fresh change. They are ready to see this year go and ring in The New Year of 2018. Ready to fill this year with good karma to succeed with all their hopes, dreams and aspirations. This is the time we will reminisce and celebrate the past year with our friends and family alike, sharing in good food, great company and of course champagne. 

Inevitably, you will need a good toast to go with all these magnificent champage choices. If you are anything like me, your mind goes completely blank when called up to  make a toast and you utter something like, “Cheers to good times with great friends”. This is my go to toast…lol,  but wouldn’t be nice to have a few good ones in your back packet to pull from at a moments notice? Well here are a few fun ones I found while researching this topic today. 

 

6 Easy Champagne Cocktails that will Impress your Guests 

In my humble opinion, I believe the really good expensive champagne should be consumed in it’s natural form and very simply granished. So I offer up the very elegant and classy Champagne with a rosemary sprig and maybe a few blackberries for color. These touches make the champagne look so elegant, and no worries the rosemary does not add any overpowering flavor to your glass. 

The rest of the drink options below would be perfect to set up a Do It Yourself Champagne Bar, which could also be utilized anytime of year. Think special events like bridal showers, engagement parties, weddings, heck even Mother’s Day would be the perfect time to create a DIY Champagne Bar. This could allow your guest to be creative and dress their drinks any way they please. Shown above L-R: The Classic Champagne (adorned with a elegant rosemary sprig), A Raspberry Remembrance,  The Triple Berry Fizz, The Midnight Blackberry, A Morning After Mimosa,  &  Cran-cherry Lime Sparkler.

These lovely cocktails are designed to utilize several of the same items, in order to maximize the variety of your cocktail options with a minimal shopping list.  If you know you usually find yourself busy hosting at your soirees,  you really should consider the DIY route. Simply make a recipe chalk board with the drink options listed below. Place it behind your Champagne station and make sure to clearly label all the juices. You can also pretty load a few fruit picks and place them into a bowl.

Designer Tip- You can also use the rosemary sprig as a designer pick for your fruits. just strip the leave away leaving a half inch sprig at top. Then load to fruit on to the woody stem. “Waste not want not” be sure to keep the rosemary leaves that you strip off in a container for Rosemary Chicken later in the week.

When making a mixed champagne drink be sure to save yourself a little money by purchasing a nice Asti Spumante or Prosecco, since all you need is the fizz. Think of it like wine, when you are mixing other flavors together like you do in a Sangria. It masks the beautiful notes of a high end wine, so it’s best just to use a basic  wine to do the job.  

A Raspberry Remembrance- I mixed a glass of Asti Spumante, and a tablespoon of raspberry syrup by Torani. Then add a few fresh raspberries and a sprig of rosemary to finish off the look. 

The Triple Berry Fizz- I scooped a strawberry sorbet melon ball into the base of the glass and poured the Prosecco over the top.  Then, I garnished with a few blackberries, raspberries and a sprig of rosemary. The sorbet gives just a touch of a strawberry flavor and as a bonus chills the Prosecco at the same time.

The Midnight Blackberry-  This dark and lovely concoction is created with 1/3 of a glass V-8 Splash Blueberry Pomegranate Juice and topped of with Asti Spumante. Garnish with some fresh blackberries and our signature rosemary sprig for color. 

Cran-cherry Lime Sparkler- Create a fresh crisp drink by adding a splash of Oceanspray Cran-cherry juice and a squeeze of fresh lime juice to your Prosecco. Garnish with a lime slice and a raspberry for color.  

The Morning After Mimosa-  I can not tell you how many times I have half bottles of left over champagne, which makes the best mimosa on the morning of New Years’s Day. Just add orange juice, and garnish with a slice of orange and of curse any rosemary you may have left over as well. There is no better way to start off the New Year with one of these and a slice of Quiche or a fresh Chocolate Croissant. 

Also make sure that you offer your guests plenty of light bites throughout the evening. My go to, never fail option, for any party or gathering is always a charcuterie board with a variety of cured meats and cheeses. I have been known to make one big grande board.  However, I find it cuts down on traffic flow at a party to have several mini boards by pairing a meat, cheese and jam option with a fun cracker on serval cutting boards placed around the room. The board above shows a deli slice prosciutto, paired with your choice of a gouda or mozzarella cheese and yummy fig paste. 

Another fun alternative is to offer up sushi rolls. These little one bite wonders are perfect for a small plate of hor’dourves. I also love doing seafood on New Year’s Eve.  So, think shrimp cocktail, bacon wrapped scollops and mini crab-cakes. 

Making The Perfect Toast: 

If you are anything like me you might find yourself at a loss for words when toast time comes around. Here are a few smart sayings that work perfectly in these situations. Just jot down a few to put in your pocket or clutch and sneak a peak before the toast makes its way to you. 

  • “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” –Joey Adams 
  • “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” — Ernest Hemingway
  • “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “Here’s health to those I love, and wealth to those who love me.” — Anonymous 
  • “There are good ships, there are wood ships, and ships that sail the sea, but the best ships, are friendships, and may they always be.” — Irish  Blessing 
  • “He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; he who makes one is a fool.” — F.M. Knowles
  • “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” — Charles Lamb
  • “May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.” –Irish Blessing
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. –Abraham Lincoln

As you ring in the New year it is tradition to sing Auld Lang Syne. I can not tell you how often I have heard blundered words and humming because no one knows the words. My thoughts are maybe create a chalk board or scroll with the words on it to display as a decoration during the party which can become quite useful at the begining of the the new year. 

128 Comments

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  2. What a great idea, not just for New Years but any social party or gathering. Great selection of recipes, since I love champagne I can not wait to try them all. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!

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  7. Hello mates, how is all, and what’s your wish for the topic of this paragraph, in my view its truly awesome, as if it was designed for me. I love a good mimosa to start the day!

  8. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you have serious skills in at home party planning. Love this idea.

  9. This is great post and full of a lot of useful information from the recipes to the toasting ideas. Great ideas.

  10. Love this post, you have some novel ideas. The pictures are also very clear and pretty, I would say magazine quality. I am actually dying to know what kind of camera you use.

  11. It is a really good idea to do a make it yourself champagne bar, I think guest would really like that a lot.

  12. Now this is a great idea, the champagne bar, the toasting ideas, and over all just being prepared.

  13. I love champagne so you got my vote on this post! Fantastic cocktail ideas.

  14. Love this idea and post. You are always sharing such good ideas and inspiration with the rest of us. I find you site to be very inspiring, your ideas spin my off in new and great directions.

  15. I was looking up drink ideas for a few events I have coming up, and I have to say how much I love the idea of a champagne bar, that is music to my ears.

  16. This is way to dress up any party or celebration. I think a champagne bar would be beautiful at a wedding reception, verses those candy bars everyone does. It just has a classier feel to it.

  17. We alway love to see a great new ideas born into the industry.

  18. Very helpful ideas for parties, so glad you have a great New Year’s Eve

  19. These all look good I am not sure I could choose just one. I really like the idea of a champagne bar, it fun a flirty and would make a perfect summer time garden event.

  20. Theses tasty treats are perfect for so many occasions and I love the idea of Champagne Bar, so classy.

  21. Great ida to pair the toast with he drink ideas, such lovely post.

  22. I like all the toasting verses you included that was really rather smart. I also like the idea of a little reminder card for your pocket.

  23. These all look like tasty options for a party, the triple berry fizz sounds like the one I would gravitate towards.

  24. What a fun party idea, I hope you had a great New Years Eve, the party looks pretty stellar.

  25. These look absolutely delicious I may have to do a champagne bar for Mother’s Day, my mama loves her some champagne.

  26. I love this post with all the really nice champagne recipes. The idea to do DIY bar is every better for a party, then no one gets stuck playing bar tender.

  27. Perfect set up for any party right here. I love the variety you have come up with too. Fruity, sweet and savory all in the helm of possibility. I think the toasting quotes could also be really cute on a chalk board too, located at the DIY bar. Great post.

  28. I love champagne and the sparking wines, and I am so glad you featured both. Some people are kind of snobby about it not being really champagne but I personally think the sparkling CA wines taste much better.

  29. Love this idea and the versatility of the concept. Mother’s Day, Bridal Showers, & engagement Parties would all be a perfect use of a DIY Champagne Bar.

  30. When I was a kid I would say I only Cristal since that is how my name is spelled. I still try not to break that rule for the really stuff, but I love the idea of sparkling wines being used as bubbly mixers for the other drinks. I mean you would not want to dilute the Cristal with other juices.

  31. Who does not like champagne?? And a DIY bar is the perfect set up for any party. I really love this idea and recipes, thanks!

  32. Such a fantastic idea to make it a DIY bar, that is half the fun. This would also be a great idea for a Derby party with the juleps too.

  33. Sucha great idea, the celebration options are endless with this idea. I love the toasts you complies as well, what a sweet idea.

  34. Well these certainly look like fun. Love that you added in toasting ideas too.

  35. This is a great post even though I do not stay up for New Year’s anymore, that is all for the youngsters and kids to do, leave grammy at home with the grand babies!!!

  36. This is such a great post, I wish I had seen it sooner but I have a feeling I will need this my sister bridal shower. 🙂

  37. These look really good, I have to say I like a nice sparkling wine with good mix in’s they make any gathering a party.

  38. The toasts are perfect and what a great collection for this holiday celebration. I love to see bloggers rope in ideas to a single post, it makes for really good writing and useful inspiration to add to the net.

  39. You always have the best recipes and cocktail ideas. Such a fun way to make every holiday a party.

  40. I stumbled upon your post, and I really like your blog site a lot so I will be bookmarking you for future reading. This post was a exceptional read for recipe ideas and toasting ideas, both very viable needs for readers.

  41. I love the idea of adding toasting ideas to this Champagne post, that is really brilliant and well though out. You should make it a year round post and not pigeon hole it for only for New Years Eve, as you comment state a champagne bar can be good anytime of year.

  42. I ma pinning this for later use, great ideas for champagne cocktails which will stretch the champagne a bit for larger parties, and the post inspirations are fantastic.

  43. I really liked your article very much, the cocktail ideas are great and the fun quotes as toasts are perfect for a evening of merriment.

  44. I spent a evening at home but I still love these ideas. I ended up having mimosas the next morning since I could not finish off the bottle by myself and Buster did not seem to help out. HE did however bark out a few things a midnight when the fireworks went off.

  45. This is a great post full of useful drink tips and toasting ideas. Really great job here this is quality work.

  46. These all look so yummy I could not chose just one, I guess I will have to try them all 😉

  47. Great post you never know when you might need a good toast, these are great, and nice tip about having a few in your pocket just in case. It gives the illusion of being smooth.

  48. This looks like such fun party, and I love that you had a DIY Champagne bar with all these options that is really cool.

  49. Grat idea to do a DIY Champagne Bar, you always have the best cutting edge ideas.

  50. Theses all look so good, thanks for all the great ideas for a champagne bar.

  51. You guys this lady has some the best most creative ideas I have seen in a while on the internet. Most the stuff you see is the same tired drudged up stuff, follow her because it is new and different.

  52. Well these look delicious and are so eye appealing. The pick of fresh fruit and rosemary stems make a unbelievable difference. It is true we all eat with our eyes first. Bravo on making them so pretty. Happy New Year.

  53. Oh my I really love these, they are so festive. The quotes you included are the perfect toasts too!

  54. Lovely, you have such great ideas and way to implement. Where other throw a party you are the party. Muah xoxox

  55. I really love that you created a variety of options from just a few of the same ingredients. It creates a a very cost effective way to host a party.

  56. Great idea to offer a selection of sparkling drinks, this not only stretches your champagne but your can use the less expensive ones to mix and quality ones for straight up drinking.

  57. You have so much energy to constantly be hosting parties like this. I my younger days I was the same way and now I just appreciate the hard work and effort that others are able to put forth to create these kind of events. Great job and keep it up!

  58. Yahoo this looks like a top notch parrrrr teeee! Nice job on the menu and drink options. Those sparkling spritzers look amazing. Also you the toasting ideas are a really nice touch to the post.

  59. Oh I love a good party theme and execution. These sweet little cocktails are the perfect thing for a festive New Years Eve.

  60. I love your site and a friend referred me, and told me I was missing out. I certain was and she was right your blog is really great. I am Adding your to my rss feed to stay up to date.

  61. I just got to say wow, this is a mighty useful post. I love that you added in the pocket toasts, what a ingenious idea. I have so so many people fumble during the toast not to mention the lyric for Auld Lang Syn on chalkboard….yeah no ones knows those words, especially after all the tasty champagne… brilliant.

  62. I want to say I have been very impress with all your content lately, you have really taken you blog up a notch since you started. I love to see blogger grow and develop, kuddos.

  63. Yum these all look fantastic, even just the plain champagne all dressed up with the blackberries and rosemary sprig. So elegant I need to reminder this for future gatherings. Such a easy addition really elevated the look and overall presentation of a very basic item.

  64. So many great drink options for New Years. I love champagne and anything fizzy so all of these are right up my alley. Great post and very nice blog keep up all the hard work.

  65. Wow this looks like quite the affair, and party to be seen at for sure. I imagine alot of instagram toasting pics were taken with those pretty drinks.

  66. Sushi is the prefect idea for New Years how did I not think of it. It’s lite but full of protein, we usually just do peel and eat shrimp.

  67. Now that is the kind of party I want to go too. In my neighborhood it was just a lot of drunks drinking PBR & Fireball (not together… duh ) and shooting off bottle rockets. Fun but not really classy.

  68. Oh my these drinks are so pretty. I really think the fresh berries and rosemary sprig made a big difference in there visual appearance. Not just plain old champagne in a glass.

  69. I hope you had a great New Year Eve. It looks as if you did, i love all the toasting ideas that is a great add to your already interesting champagne post.

  70. I am located in Pigeon Forge and we really ring in the New Year, this champagne bar would be a perfect addition to our usual set up. Great Idea!

  71. My daughter just turned 21 in November and I think she had the best New Years Eve ever. I would have loved to tried all of these pretty little drinks and made them for her just to figure what is that she likes. I am bookmarking to find you again.

  72. Thank you for all the great recipe ideas for a champagne bar. What a novel idea, to create your own, so cool.

  73. This looks like you had a fun evening! Just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your blog and hope you decide to continue into the 2018 year.

  74. So many great options to choose from at your New Years bash, I love them all. We stayed in and had quiet evening at home, our puppies are really afraid of fireworks, so it best we stay with them.

  75. I love the variety of drinks you were able to create with so few ingredients. That is my kind of party hosting. Great post.

  76. These all look so good! So I am wondering which one was your personal favorite? I am sure that you “had” to taste test them all.

  77. Well don’t these look good. I can have a drink and get my fruit intake for the day, ha ha, just a little New Years humor for you.

  78. The triple berry fizz seems like it would be my favorite to try, and I always love a good mimosa too. Beautiful pictures have your ever thought about being a food blogger? These are pretty impressive, better than some well known food bloggers.

  79. Yummy these all sound really great. I will have to pin this for special occasions.

  80. You continue to alway come up with great ideas, and I am always impressed. The toasts alone are a goldmine idea for a post.

  81. Now that is a celebration. Those fancy drinks look ah-ma-zing, I will celebrating NEW Years like you next year, heck why wait lets do it for the super bowl.

  82. Pretty little drink selection you guests had to chose from, I think the standard mimosa is where it is at for me. Great idea about the song lyric on a chalk board I know I have no idea what the words were.

  83. This is the perfect NYE celebration, love the drink options and the appetizers. Neat idea about having a toast ready to go, you offered some good ones.

  84. Such a fun lookin’ party, I love small plates snacks for New Years and sushi is a great idea. Love the cocktail options and great way to use several of he same ingredients too.

  85. I love theses quote and they do make the perfect toasts for a party. Great article filled with great recipes for champagne spritzers, which are also one of my favorites.

  86. Those look very tasty and would make any party fun. Happy New Year to you.

  87. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this post. The toast are great and the recipe will get pinned to try later on. Thanks

  88. I was able to find those at William Sonoma, they are a set of 6 for $15.00, so very reasonable, for a reusable item.

  89. Girl you have the best ideas. I love the idea of a chalk board with lyrics on it. This would have been handy at midnight. Also I can not wait to try the Triple Berry Fizz, yum.

  90. I like idea of a champagne diy bar this is really a great idea, that could be used year round.

  91. This is a great post, thank you for all the perfect toasts and a variety of Champagne drinks. Sounds like the perfect New Years/

  92. I bet your house is fun all the time. It seem like you have a a party for all kinds of holidays, your friends must love you.

  93. You never disappoint you always have the perfect menu and great little tidbits of knowledge, clearly all designed by yourself to make life a breeze.

  94. I am in love with the champagne cocktails, what a great idea. I mean I like champagne all by its self but these offer and variety to your guests that I have not seen before. Great job and nice call on adding the toasting quotes, again your very Johnny on the Spot.

  95. Whoa this is a great idea I would not have thought about a DIY champagne bar, that is really very cool.

  96. Oh why oh why did I not see this earlier?????? I could have used this type of help for cocktail ideas. The fact you turned those less expensive asti’s and sparkling wines into cocktails is exactly what I needed for my party!!!!! Ugh I will pin it for next year I guess…

  97. Great inspiration for champagne drinks here, I see at least 3 I would make for dinner parties ect. You made them all look so pretty, I love those metal tooth picks you used, where are they from? I got to get me some of those.

  98. I love all of these ideas the pre written toasts and variety of champagne bar options. Sounds like a great wedding theme too.

  99. Cheers to the New Year and stellar post by you. I have not come across some of those quotes/toast before I love them. You also created some very unique champagne sparklers to accompany those great words. Nice job.

  100. I am a fan of the sparkling wines myself and I like that you featured Proseccco and Asti two of my favs. While all the drinks sound good I think the Cran cherry Lime sounds really delightful. Like a bubbly version of a cosmo. I got to try this one so I am pinning this post.

  101. Such a perfectly written post you have provide your readers with a recipe and useful knowledge of quotes and lyrics. You have really come a long way and continue to create very impressive content that everyone is going to love.

  102. Jen I love this post you always have the best ideas for any party on the books!

  103. I love this post and your pictures are amazing. I can literally see the texture of the sushi, which is crazy. I need to add you to my rss feed so I can see you latest posts.

  104. You had me a champagne, I just love the bubbly. Great ideas to dress them up and make a signature drink for you a party.

  105. A tremendous post full of many great cocktails for a celebration. I think I am a purest when it comes to champagne but I also like a good fizzy cocktail too. I love the use of rosemary as a glass garnish, such a pretty a elite choice. Your idea about the toast is a remarkable one, I know I attended a polishing school that made ladies pick one signature toast and commit it to memory for those occasions, today’s generation just looks them up on there phones, so maybe a app is more appropriate going forward.

  106. Girl…. where ever there is champagne Shaquita is there! I guess my invite was lost in the mail….just playing. I live in sunny CA. On a serious note I do want to say your blog is fantastic, I have several well known celebs that sit in my chair, and I will be sure to turn them on to your site. Shaquita likes what she sees, snap.

  107. I run a small bar and I am always looking for new ideas for drinks, and I scoured Pinterest for them. I saw your pin watch was rather eye catching and clicked over to your blog. I must say you have a great post, I love the idea of song lyrics on chalkboards and pre looked up toasting ideas. I must say you have inspired me to add a few things to my establishment.

  108. Wow I saw these on Pinterest and I had to check out your site. Love Love Love your site and I am adding your to rss feed. You have some really great ideas and I like how you connect with your audience. Keep up the good work.

  109. Oh my these look so good, and festive. I wish I could have one right now, instead of heading into work a little later. So sad that the party is over. Happy New Year!

  110. Love this post with all the fun versions of a bubbly champagne cocktail. I always love a good mimosa too for the next morning, it has become a tradition, I think it is called “hair of the dog” ha ha. Also really brilliant to add in toast ideas, you should create a line of toast cards to tuck in jacket lapels.

  111. I found this post full of great ideas and recipes, I am so excited that I stumbled upon it.

  112. Yum these all look so good, and they are pretty to boot. Nice idea to add in the toasts too. There are some really good ones for New Years out there, who knew? Love your blog my friend keep up the great work.

  113. I like the pictures they are very pretty. Great article with a lot of good tasteful drink ideas.

  114. I just got my house cleaned up from New Years and the family outta here LOL, and finally had a chance to sit with cup tea and some me time. First thing on my RSS feed is this from a week ago, well poo I missed it. Pinning for next year, and maybe a Champagne Party if the DAWGS win!!

  115. I hope you had a great New Years and sorry I am late to the party. I am just now seeing this post, but pinning it for next year. Sometimes we are just so tried up in the holidays we miss the good seasonal posts, but we pin them for next year. I guess that what a influencer does makes trends for next year, ha ha ha. Always thinking down the road.

  116. Girl you alway impress me with all your great ideas and party tips. Those toast are great, and nice idea to put them in your pocket, because I know I would totally forget. The pictures of those drinks are stunning love the lineup of colors so pretty.

  117. I hope you has a great New Year’s Eve by the looks of it I would say it was a goodie. I bet your guests loved all the champagne options your offered it must have been a killer party. Great idea to add the toasts, I think everyone has been there, speechless, before. LOL

  118. We usually stay at home with the kiddos but these cocktails lead themselves nicely to a kid friendly version with sprite, al fantastic flavor profiles and pretty colors.

  119. Such beautiful pictures and really great recipes. I love the rosemary stem it really does make them look so classy.

  120. Nice list of toasts this is a great idea, I know I always get caught out not knowing what to say as well. Also never knew the words to Auld Lang Syne either, so all around a great post.

  121. I can not believe that I missed this post, I would have soooo done a few of those fun champagne cocktails. The holiday were just so incredibly busy and flew by in a flash. Still trying to undecorated the homefront.

  122. Your pictures are wonderful I love all the inspiration you gave for a small plate party for New Year’s the sushi is a great idea. It feels upscale and goes great with Champagne.

  123. Such a useful post I love the different types of flavors you wearable to create. The Triple Berry Fizz sounds divine.

  124. Wow this is a great post even though missed it for New Year’s I want to bridal Champagne buffet brunch with these types of drinks. Pinning for later.

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