Can you guys believe that tomorrow is the last day on 2017? New Years eve is a fun way to end the year and start a new one. Whether you are staying in and celebrating in your pjs sitting by the fire or putting on that sparkly dress and heading to a great party or even hosting one. One thing is for sure, food and drink are a huge part in the celebration, at least I think so.

I am having a few friend over for a low key celebration and I am in the process of putting together the menu. I have decided to go with a couple different cocktails and a charcuterie board, and of course some desserts. Here are some of my different cocktails to share with your guests....


2 oz. vanilla vodka 2 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur 1 oz. white creme de cacao 1 oz. half and half Lemon wedge Sanding sugar



2 Plums

6 Thyme Sprigs

Juice from one Lemon

4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool. Chill until ready to use.)

1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly


Peel and chop 2 plums.

Muddle the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released. (You can also muddle right in the glass if you prefer to have bits of fruit in your cocktail!)

Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.

Pour over crushed ice evenly between two glasses.

Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs.

Now lets talk about the food for the night, I want to be able to hang out with everyone and the last thing I want is to be in the kitchen cooking. I am putting together a charcuterie board for the evening. You have all seen them and some of you might think it is a hard thing to put together but honestly it is super easy, here are a few tips to consider when putting one together

Give Guests A Lot Of Choices

Think well beyond just cheese, meat and grapes. Have multiple, easy-to-grab items that they can pick at over multiple glasses of wine. And, this way, you never really have to worry about what a guest may like or not if there are just so many fun options to pick at. Include fruit, nuts, spreads, pickled foods and much more.

Choose Savory And Sweet

Many charcuterie and cheese boards omit sweet, which is a travesty, so don’t make the same mistake. Dried fruit of any sort works as does a bar of good chocolate especially if your guests are drinking wine. People love wine and chocolate, right?

Cut The Cheese And Roll The Meat

If you have larger wedges or rounds of cheese, cut them in half or quarters and spread them around your cheese board. Rolling your different variety of meats makes it easier to grab and also gives you more creative ways to layer your board

Fill Bare Spots

Look at your board when you are all done layering and fill bare spots with goodness people can eat.

Use greens to fill in spaces by tucking it under items that won’t be affected by its presence. Plus, it adds a nice pop of green color to the board.

Make sure that colors are distributed as evenly as possible around the board.

Here is a Ingredient list to get you started and help in creating the perfect charcuterie board, these are just suggestions but sky is the limit when you create this

  • your favorite cheese(s)

  • sliced charcuterie (parma ham, chorizo, salami, and more)

  • quince paste

  • jelly (red pepper, raspberry, blueberry… whatever you like)

  • honey (highly recommend truffle honey)

  • mustards

  • gherkins

  • olives

  • roaster red peppers

  • artichoke hearts

  • pickled onions

  • berries

  • cherries

  • grapes

  • figs

  • pears

  • apples

  • nuts (almonds, marcona almonds, cashews, flavored nuts)

  • dried fruit of any sort

  • chocolate

Hope you guys have a great night of fun, food and drink... Happy New Year !!!!!

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