Dec 27, 2013 • By

A sparkling New Year’s Eve party and a relaxing New Year’s Day brunch

Ah, New Year’s Eve — when we celebrate the great moments and say goodbye to the not-so-great moments of the year past and welcome a fresh start.

So, whether you’re hosting or bringing the fun to friends and family members, here’s what you need for a killer New Year’s Eve party:

Cocktails

tablespoon.com cocktailsTake a tip from Tablespoon.com and have lots of tasty libations with a twist — they’ve named their 10 best New Year’s cocktails! Remember to have delicious and creative “mocktails” on hand for the designated drivers too.

Appetizers

pillsbury appetizers

New Year’s party food is all about apps. The secret is to make them look fancy, but keep them easy, like these Gorgonzola, Fig and Walnut Tartlets from Pillsbury.com.

Sweets

betty crocker chocolate cake

To symbolize how sweet the new year will be, it’s vital to have luscious desserts to wow the crowd. This Decadent Chocolate Torte from BettyCrocker.com looks like it came from a bakery, but is easy to make ahead in your own kitchen.

After the clock strikes midnight, it’s time to get 2014 off to a delicious start with easy, delectable brunch dishes:

Coffee cake

healthy coffee cake

You can’t have a leisurely morning without a warm piece of crumbly coffee cake and a piping hot cup of java. This Healthified Streusel Coffee Cake from LiveBetterAmerica.com is a make-ahead dish that helps you get the new year off to a healthier start.

Spice it up

betty crocker quiche

Get a spicy start on the day with a Chiles Rellenos Quiche from BettyCrocker.com that takes just 10 minutes to prepare and, while it bakes, gives you time to clean up after the New Year’s Eve party.

Scrumptious centerpiece

pillsbury stromboli

Skip the flowers and make yourself an edible centerpiece for your brunch table. This Sausage Apple and Brie Stromboli from Pillsbury.com is the perfect fit.

From all of us at General Mills, thanks for making 2013 a fantastic year and we’re wishing you all a very happy New Year!