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French-Themed New Year’s Eve Dinner Party December 21, 2014

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We love the idea of theme dinners and who doesn’t love to celebrate the new year!? If you’re looking for something special for this year’s New Year’s Eve, we have some fun French ideas!


For the table, use a collection of Eiffel Towers as centerpieces. For the first table, we used peonies to add a pop of color. For the second table, we used gold stars, pine branches and pine cones for a wintery feel. If you don’t have Eiffel Towers on hand, stores such as HomeGoods, Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, and Pier 1, often have affordable French-inspired decor.

towers with peonies
towers with pine

For the menu, you will want to pick French-inspired dishes. If you have a small group, you may want to do a full dinner. If you are looking for more of a party feel, pick French hors d’oeuvres and desserts instead.

french food

Epicurious.com has a section of French recipes: http://www.epicurious.com/recipesmenus/global/french/recipes, such as these scallops, escargot, and French cheese pairings. We also love these quick and easy mushrooms!


Mushrooms Veronique

1 (12 oz) package whole white mushrooms
White seedless grapes, cut in half
4 oz Boursin cheese
Parmesan cheese, grated
Butter, melted


Remove stems from mushrooms.
Stuff caps with one grape half each.
Top with Boursin cheese and dip in melted butter (or brush on melted butter).
Rub or roll in Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.


There are so many amazing French desserts to choose from, such as Crème brulee, custard, éclairs, macarons, mousse, pot de crème, various tarts, and of course, French pastries. Since this dinner was held near Pittsburgh, we decided to save our guests from our lack of French dessert skills and ask La Gourmandine Bakery to help us! They were as delicious as they were beautiful!

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As for the wine (and it wasn’t a French dinner without French wines!), we looked to our local state stores to find wines that were pleasing to our palates and our wallets. Here are a few suggestions:
Chateau Graville Lacoste, Graves, 2013, $18.99 (White)
Domaine des Baleuttes les Coteaux, Muscadet Sevre et Maine, 2013, $10.99 (White)
La Tete Noire, Gigondas, 2012, $29.99


Don’t forget the French champagne to serve with your appetizers and desserts!

french table

This new year’s eve, fill your table with Eiffle Towers and French-inspired food to transport your guests to Paris for the evening. It will be a New Year’s Eve to remember and the perfect way to ring in the new year. Bonne Année!


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.