I can’t even tell you when the last time we went out for New Year’s Eve was. Watching the ball drop from the comfort of the family room always works for us. That being said, I would brave the elements to experience Times Square one year. For our end of the year fest we had the requisite champagne and lots of munchies which is what we all look forward to. Just keeping it real folks. For some it’s more like an extension of the Christmas celebration and also the supposed last hurrah before we make resolutions that we may or may not keep.
The table was set for a buffet and I apologize for the flash pictures. Nighttime is the not the right time for food pictures where I live. Santa also gave me a new camera that I am sooo not comfortable with yet so bear with me and some of the blurry shots please.
For the centerpiece I used my glittered DIY vases and wine bottle. They were placed in a black tray along with a New Years Eve party hat and blowers. Black goblets and a few clear ones with black stems stood waiting for the bubbly. I also used the dual function small plates that also hold a stemmed glass; wonderful invention.
In keeping with the mixed metals I laid out silver and gold dessert. Added stamped cocktail napkins and we were ready to roll. Here’s the food line up:
What’s a New Year’s Eve buffet without chicken wings?!
I added a new recipe to the menu this year, Puff Pastry Squares. These were inspired by a recipe I found at the Painted Apron.
Jenna’s squares came out so pretty and it was my intention to make them according to her recipe. I should have known better to rely on my memory for the ingredients. Once at the store all I could remember was that the toppings were red and green. Shameful I know (hanging my head). Nothing like reading the recipe once back home and finding out you only have two ingredients called for!!!! My rendition was far from the original but they were very good.
I cut each puff pastry sheet into nine pieces and gave them a good smear of Alfredo Sauce. Then I added shredded cheddar cheese, thinly sliced asparagus and red pepper strips. The squares were topped with Parmesan cheese before I popped them into the oven and baked them for 40 minutes.
So there you have it, 2014 wrapped up nice and tidy. I’m looking forward to getting back to a regular routine and making a few changes. Thank you so much for hanging out with me and stay warm and cozy!