Thursday, December 27, 2012

10 New Year's Eve Ideas

Ten things to do/make on New Year's Eve
The list-

1.Chips && Dips
2. Drinks
3. Lil' Smokies
4. Chocolate covered everything
5.Fruits & Veggies
6. Popcorn
7. Confetti/Hats
8. Television
9. Music
And last but not the very least...
10. Games, games, && more games

Here are the details to 
the list...
or as I call them
the deets-

1. Chips && Dips
Every good party needs some chips
and dips.  Some of my favorites
are Chili dips (a can of 
Chili and velveeta cheese mixed),
Ranch dips-for chips and 
veggies, and I looove
Spinach Artichoke Dip!!!
Here is Rachel's recipe that is 
to die for...

Spinach Artichoke Dip

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 C. or small jar, artichokes, finely chopped
1 box frozen spinach
2 T. Olive oil
1/3 pkg. Ranch dip mix
1 tsp. finely chopped marjoram (can substitute oregano)
1 tsp. finely minced green onions
½ tsp. garlic
1 C. shredded mozzarella

Mix all ingredients except ½ C. Mozzarella and paprika.  pour into pie pan or 9x9.  Top with remaining mozzarella and sprinkle with paprika.  Heat at 350 for 25 minutes or until it starts to brown.

Moving on with
2. Drinks
Some drinks I think are great
are Hot Chocolate,
Italian Sodas(Which all you do
is put ice in a glass,
add syrup of your
choice, half & half cream, and Sprite.
Sooo delicious!!! You just add
each of them to your taste.
Super easy!, and I will also add 
list.  Super yummy,
and the recipe is just down
a couple posts.

3. Lil' Smokies

Three different ideas for these 
little beauties are
wrap them in bacon and top with
brown sugar,bake, and devour. 
Reeeeal healthy, right? 
Next option, wrap them in a cressant
roll and bake.  Next thing you
know, you have pigs
in a blanket.
And lastly, engulf them 
in barbeque sauce
and cook them in a slow cooker,
or even just the 

4.Chocolate Covered Everything

Need I say more?
Really, just dip anything in chocolate
and it is bound to be good.
Right? Right.

6. Popcorn
I love popcorn. I would say I am 
quite the popcorn 
expert because I eat it so 
Here are a few of the favs..
Take butter popcorn and pour the cheese packet
from Maccoroni & Cheese over the 
popcorn, and you have cheesy
popcorn like they sell
at Christmas time in the big tins.
Also, we posted a good caramel
popcorn recipe here, if 
you like caramel popcorn.  If you don't,
try it anyways, and you
may soon find 
out that you actually do! 
And then there is my new favorite-
I think it is called 
Cinnamon Roll Caramel Popcorn
from Our Best Bites cookbook.  The recipe is

12 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 c un-popped)
1 cup roughly chopped pecans(I didn't add these)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c butter
1/4 c light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp soda
3 squares almond bark
Preheat oven to 250
Place popcorn and nuts in a bowl and set aside.
Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2-quart capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop the butter into chunks and place ontop of the sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for two minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for two minutes more.
Remove from microwave and add vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. The mixture will foam and rise. Pour the Carmel mixture over the popcorn and stir until everything is well coated.
Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil lines cookie sheet. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and spread mixture out on a large piece of parchment, waxes paper, or foil sprayed with non stick cooking spray
Melt the almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over the popcorn. When the almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cooled, break into chunks and enjoy!

7. Confetti / Hats
What is a New Year's Party without something
to throw and silly hats to 
wear? That's right,
not much of one.  So run to the 
Dollar store and get some!  :) 

8. Television
My siblings will all say, it is not
New Year's Eve without 
the SciFi Twilight series going on 
in the background.  Haha.
I can guarantee that Twilight is 
probably not everyone's 
choice of show, but find a good movie or show
to watch, and start a tradition.
Also another suggestion,
we always turned on 
the ball dropping at 12:00 
and celebrated with
the rest of the world.  Maybe give that 
a shot, if you haven't already.

9. Music
This one is simple, but very effective.
Music always livens up
a party.  Get on pandora
and find a station you enjoy, or find an old cd and 
jam out.

This, I believe, is a must have!
I love playing games, all 
of them from board
games, to cards, to Charades.
Some of my favorites include, Monopoly
(I used to play this game
every New Year's Even when I was 
younger because it lasts
forever, so it 
forced me to stay awake).
Also I love card games, like speed, California
speed, scum, and many more.
Then there is a game known as the 
COUCH GAME-it is a fun one!
In this game, 
you have a large group of 
people, and everyone writes down their name
on a piece of paper, which goes 
into a hat.  The hat is then passed
around and everyone draws
a name, which
is of course someone's name in
the room.  There are two
teams, and you sit
every other team (ex. team a,
team b, team a, team b).  Have chairs
in a circle, including 
the couch being part of the circle.  
The goal is to get four teammates on the couch.  
So, you start with the person
on the right side of the couch.  They call
out a name, and whoever
drew that name, switches with the person 
who called the name.
Then go around in a circle, calling 
out names and switching 
seats, until four people in one team are on the 
couch.  This may sound confusing,
but it is soo much fun!!

Happy New Year's everyone!!!


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