New Years Eve Party Snacks

When it comes to party planning, I’m always extremely thorough and double checking to make sure that all of my i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. However, when it comes to hosting shindigs at home..I’m always last minute with things. Like deciding to throw a SuperBowl party the day before the game or waiting until new years eve to prepare snacks for the party I was invited to. I honestly couldn’t tell you why I plan the way I do. I just know I always deliver no matter the time or circumstance, once I have my mind made up about something.

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Speaking of plans for New Years I still have no idea what I’m going to do. I would like to go to a party and get all dressed up, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money. I would like to host a nice party, but I don’t feel like cooking or having people over – plus I’m sure everyone has already made plans. unlike me I’m probably going to just watch fireworks with my guys and pig out on some yummy food, of course I’ll still get dressed up anyway. I could never turn down a good photo op. lol

Anyways..

For my party people out there who have plans, but just don’t know what to snack on while you pre-game with the champagne.. I got you covered with the champagne goodies.

Here are some super easy last minute crowd pleasers for New Years Eve…

Champagne Glazed Popcorn Balls

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These yummies are my absolute favorite!

Champagne Glazed Popcorn Balls

  • Difficulty: medium
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Popcorn Balls:

  • 2 bgs Plain Popcorn, popped
  • 3/4 C Marshmallows
  • 1/3 C light corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp Champagne
  • 1 C powdered sugar

Champagne Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Champagne

Directions:

Place popcorn in a large bowl with all kernels (unpopped seeds) removed.

In a pot over medium heat combine marshmallows, syrup, butter, champagne, and sugar. Bring mixture to a low boil, stirring constantly.

Next pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn, make sure every piece of popcorn is coated. Set aside just enough for the popcorn to be cool enough to handle. (You do not want the popcorn to cool completely.) Spray your hands with non-stick spray, and begin to form balls with the popcorn mixture. you want them to me about 3-4 inches in diameter or the size of a tennis ball. Set Aside

To make the glaze: whisk together the champagne and powdered sugar util smooth and it takes to consistency of caramel sauce.

Drizzle over the popcorn balls. Serve.

Next..

Champagne Jell-O Shots

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Here’s a treat that’s sure to kick up the pre-game a notch. You can never go wrong with Jell-O shots!!

Champagne Jell-O Shots

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 C. Champagne
  • 1/4 C Champagne or Sparkling
  • 1/4 C Gin or Vodka
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 3 Envelopes Knox Unflavored Gelatin Powder
  • Clear Crystal Sugar Sprinkles, optional

Directions

Combine first batch champagne, lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin powder on top, then let it soften for about two minutes.

Then heat mixture over low heat and stir until the gelatin powder is dissolved completely, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Next, stir in the 1/4 cup of champagne/sparkling  and vodka/gin.

Then, grease a square or rectangle pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the jell-o mixture into the pan and chill for 2 hours, or until firm.

Transfer the jell-o (by flipping the pan upside down) to a cutting board lined with parchment paper and slice it into squares. Top each jell-o shot with sprinkles.

Serve.

If your new year is sometimes a little warm outside like here in Houston (although its been cold lately) You’ll definitely appreciate these refreshing beauties..

Champagne Popsicles

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Champagne Popsicles

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 C Champagne
  • 1 C White Grape Juice
  • 1 C sliced Strawberries

Directions:

Combine Champagne and Juice together.

Using a popsicle mold (or disposable dixie cups), fill each mold/cup half way with champagne mixture. Then add sliced strawberries to each mold/cup.

Cover with plastic wrap, and stick a popsicle stick in the center of each popsicle mold/cup.

Place in the freezer and freeze for about 3-4 hours or until solid all the way through.

Enjoy.

I hope these last minute goodies help you bring in the New Year the right way!

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Happy New Year!

Stay Feisty!

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