4 Last-Minute New Year’s Party Ideas

By ABC News

Dec 31, 2012 7:00am
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Did you leave everything for the last minute this New Year’s?  Celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani has quick tips on how to throw a fabulous fete even if you’re a party-planning procrastinator.

1.  Drink:  Create a champagne bar with your favorite type of bubbly and give guests the chance to play “mixologist.”  Offer mix-ins like fruit juices, purees, berries or bitters for a fun way to customize their drinks.  Garnish.

2.  Eat:  Serve breakfast at midnight!  After the clock strikes 12 and toasts are done, serve up breakfast foods like mini bacon, egg-and-cheese sandwiches or mini short-stacks of pancakes.

3. Play:  Give guests a playful goodie bag when they arrive filled with bottled water, aspirin, vitamins and drink cozies.

4. Recover:  Don’t send guests home empty-handed.  End the festivities by sending guests home with a “hangover kit” filled with coconut water, eye masks or a vegetable-and-fruit smoothie.

Recipe: Mary’s Hangover Helper Smoothie

1 bunch Kale
1 green apple
1/2 Lemon
1 small piece of Ginger
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Juice and serve

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