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Plan a New Year’s Night (or Day) to Remember December 22, 2011

Here are some event planning tips to make your News Year’s Eve a memorable one!

Budget. Cash can be tight around the holidays so set a budget. If you’re planning something for New Year’s Eve, use 60% for drinks, 30% for food and 10% for décor. If you’re planning a New Year’s Day Brunch, use 60% for food, 30% for drinks and 10% for décor.
Music. Whether your guests are ringing in the New Year or chatting about last night’s events over mimosas, a fabulous playlist can really keep the group’s energy going.
Glitter! Glitter is making a comeback and is an inexpensive way to add sparkle to your décor. Pick up a can of spray glitter at your local craft store and add some sparkle to just about anything. Need a last minute centerpiece? Spray ornament balls with glitter and put them in a large vase or piled up on a cake plate in the center of the table.
Cheers! Hire a bartender. This will really make your event feel special and will take the stress of having to make drinks and tend bar off of you. Make sure guests have a designated driver, but have a few numbers of cab companies and some cash on hand in case you need to help someone get home safely.
Want to do something unique this year to celebrate the New Year? Why not hold a New Year’s Day Brunch for your friends and family? It’s the perfect way to reminisce over the previous night (and year) and will be great timing for those who stayed out late celebrating and plan on sleeping in!
Here’s a great French toast recipe that can be made the day before!

Overnight French Toast
Makes 8 servings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Refrigerate Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes
Mix 5 eggs (beaten), 3/4 cup milk, 1 tbsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp baking powder. Pour mixture over 1 loaf of Italian bread (cut into 8 1-inch thick slices) to soak; turn to coat well. Cover. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix 16 oz. frozen strawberries, 4 sliced bananas and 1 cup granulated sugar in 13×9-inch baking dish. Top with soaked bread slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.