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 small piece of Ginger
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Juice and serve