New Year’s Eve Champagne Bar & Toasts
One of my favorite New Year’s Eve Champagne & Toasts is, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
This year I feel like we are saying “Bye Felicia” to the past year. 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. 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 champagne 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 its natural form and very simply garnished. 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 chalkboard 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 Ocean Spray 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 leftover champagne, which makes the best mimosa on the morning of New Year’s Day. Just add orange juice, and garnish with a slice of orange and of course 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 chalkboard or scroll with the words on it to display as a decoration during the party which can become quite useful at the beginning of the the new year.