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10 Tips for Making the Perfect New Year’s Eve Toast

10 Tips for Making the Perfect New Year’s Eve Toast

David Tutera helps us raise our glass with class


Welcome the new year with a proper toast.

With the kickoff to the countdown for a new year moments away at your big party, you know the time is coming. Being the host of such a big evening requires you to step up to the plate in more ways than one. Yes, we know you already provided the food, the atmosphere, and the fun, but you also may be expected to give a toast to help start the new year off right. The problem? You can drink the bubbly but have no idea how to toast with it. Don’t worry, renowned party planner and etiquette expert David Tutera is here to help.

"If you didn't know a toast was going to be in order, that's OK," he says. "You can give one on the fly! Make sure to thank your guests for joining you for the evening's festivities; mention that you're looking forward to a great year with friends and family, both new and old; and maybe throw in a highlight of what made this past year so wonderful. No one will know you were caught off guard!"

And what about the rest of the details? Don’t worry, we can help you get those into place as well! From how to announce your toast to the best time to deliver it, Tutera can help make public speaking a breeze even after a few glasses of champagne!

"A toast is a wonderful part of almost any celebration, and New Year's Eve is a classic toasting occasion. Celebrating the new year means starting with a blank slate, looking forward to upcoming changes, and making resolutions for a better you in the coming months," he says. "Giving a toast on New Year's sets the stage not just for your party, but for the coming year with your loved ones."

With at that being said, do it right and raise your glass with class using these helpful tips.

10 Ways to Make New Year's Eve 2020 Special

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If you're like most people, you're looking forward to saying farewell to 2020 and ushering in the hope and promise that 2021 holds. But, with the pandemic still roaring through the United States and vaccines only just beginning to be administered, you may be wondering how to celebrate the end of this long and challenging year in a way that is fitting—and safe.

New Year’s Eve at home wouldn’t be the same without your favourite spirits. Break out your best cocktail glasses and home bar accessories, because the drink you toast at midnight matters! We suggest creating your own cocktail from Spirit of York’s collection, or, if you’ve perfected the art of cocktail making, share your knowledge with friends and family this New Year’s Eve at home by hosting your very own virtual cocktail making class. This way, you can all raise your glasses and toast to the new year together!

The odds are that you won’t be cooking a feast this New Year’s Eve, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself by preparing an elaborate snack board. You can never go wrong with pairing appetizers and finger food with cocktails!

Get creative with styling the perfect charcuterie board – all you need is a variety of local cheese, cured meat, olives, pickled vegetables, dips, fresh fruit, crackers and bread! Just in case you make a surplus of delicacies, there are so many easy ways to reuse holiday leftovers.

10 Perfect New Year&rsquos Eve Cocktails

The Black Almond Cocktail: this smooth blend of rum and almond liquor is my favorite go-to cocktail.

Campfire Crunch : This fun cocktail is rimmed with chocolate and has a simple mix of Jack Daniels, Kahlua, and cream!

Poison Apple : Wanting a classic bubbly cocktail? The Poison Apple is a smooth blend of prosecco, cranberry and a dash of vodka!

Spicy Sriracha Dirty Shirley Cocktail : favor the bold with this spicy sweet twist from everyone&rsquos childhood favorite. The blend of sriracha and sweet cherries is a perfect smooth burn.

Apple Cider Margaritas : Seriously, I shouldn&rsquot have to say anymore. This is my party big batch everyone raves about it and asks for the recipe cocktail. Make them by the pitcher.

Glacier Berry Cocktail : A fun and an easy cocktail with Mike&rsquos Hard lemonade. A light and bubbly drink.

Baileys Pumpkin Silk Martini : Mix this with Baileys Pumpkin Spice &ndash or any version of the smooth creamy liquor for a fun after dinner martini!

Muddle Fid Moscow Mule : This is a must try if you are still finding fresh figs at the market! The combo makes a perfect Moscow Mule!

Brandy Alexander : A classic after-dinner libation, the Brandy Alexander is a cocktail every at-home mixologist should have up their sleeve.

Dulce De Leche Rum Shooters : I mean, right? These fun creamy rum and schnapps mixed shooters are a perfect little win for the adults! Dessert, in a glass.

Here are some great tips for setting up your NYE bar! Also, make sure to have some seriously delicious wrapped chocolates set aside for every designated driver. Cuz they deserve it. 😉

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Easy Party Recipes: Celebrate with 10 New Year's Eve Recipes

We're counting down the last few minutes until midnight, and we've got to get ready for the party of the year! The streamers are hung, the balloons are ready to go, and all we're waiting on are some killer New Year's Eve recipes and crafts to make the holiday season complete. So raise your champagne flute and get ready to toast in the new year in style!

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Your New Year's party guests will be pleased as punch when they get a sip of our refreshing Celebration Punch. Stir this one together easily with your favorite bottle of bubbly and some convenient ingredients from the market freezer case.

You'll be the toast of the town when you ring in the new year with this "adults only" version of our old friend, gelatin. Our Champagne Dessert Cocktails are a novel way to celebrate, especially when you're looking for the perfect New Year's Eve recipe.

Take a "turn" with a new version of pizza. What's so different about it? This party appetizer looks great and is simple to make. 'cause the sauce and cheese are baked right in!

The best shrimp cocktail makers know these secrets: Keep the shrimp firm and full of flavor by adding a splash of lemon juice to the water when it's boiling and drain but never rinse the shrimp after boiling. Try it!

Who would guess that beer is the secret ingredient to making our Jalapeno Cheese Bites and you, the toast of the town! These change-of-pace, spicy, bite-sized appetizers are sure to wake up sleepy taste buds, perfect for helping you to ring in the New Year.

Don't wait for a fish fry to make our easy party appetizer: hush puppies! Monterey Jack cheese and green chiles spice up these crispy hot bites, making them irresistible! To make sure the hush puppies are round, we use a small (1-inch) ice cream scoop to drop the batter into the hot oil.

We don't know why they call this turtle fudge, but it's kind of ironic because when we think of turtles, we think of something that moves slowly. This recipe moves really fast so you'll be all set to host your New Year's Eve party!

Our yummy Cashew Turtles are so easy to make and pack the pleasing contrast of smooth caramel and crunchy nuts. You can't go wrong with these New Year's desserts!

Bring the circus to town with Confetti Upside-Down Cake! You've never seen a cake this beautiful and brightly colored, perfect for making a splash at your New Year's Eve party.

If cheesecake is your weakness, you won't be able to resist these bite-sized mini cheesecakes that are so rich and yummy they'll satisfy your craving without overdoing it!

Serving space

Throwing a party at home has definite benefits which can take some of the stress out of entertaining – knowing where the fridge is, how the oven works and where the extra napkins are stashed to name a few.

Organise your potential spaces: the aim is to encourage mingling and to try and avoid everyone congregating around one point. Arrange tables for food and a drinks serving station away from the kitchen and main entrance – you will need clear access to the fridge, potentially the oven and a work surface within the kitchen, and there’s nothing worse than a bottleneck around the front door. Dining tables can be pushed back against walls to create a serving area, and the chairs redistributed to create more inclusive seating hubs.

This is likely not what you were expecting. We’re dosing this celebratory beverage with cannabis infused vodka. This is because this beverage is not your everyday mimosa. In fact, our mimosa recipe calls for banana liqueur for more flavor and fun.

It is worthy of note that cannabis infused vodka will take a few days to process. The infusion itself is easy to make, but it needs to rest before use. Be sure to plan your cannabis drink accordingly.

Weed mimosas are easy to customize.

If you would like the freedom to modify this beverage, there are plenty of ways to make it your own.

If you are not a fan of orange juice, feel free to swap this out for another varietal like pineapple or peach. Furthermore, we rim our glasses with sugar. Consider adding fruit juice to color the sugar, or a drop of food coloring. In addition, you can garnish this beverage the fresh fruit of your choosing. Blueberries and raspberries look beautiful within the beverage itself. Add a strawberry slice to the side of the glass for a pop of color.

22 Great New Year's Toasts

A New Year&aposs toast offers the ideal opportunity to celebrate new beginnings with friends and family. The tradition of raising a glass in celebration dates back to early customs where a toast represented everything from hospitality and honor to promoting a long-lasting life. A toast is the perfect way to kick off your New Year&aposs party. With a clink of a glass and the perfect New Year&aposs quote, you can bestow blessings and friendship for the coming year. 

Try one of our memorable, meaningful toasts this year—including drinking toasts, amusing phrases, and inspirational quotes. Cheers!

Inspirational New Year&aposs Toasts

For a memorable New Year&aposs Eve toast, start with a quote to inspire friends and family. These sayings will provide encouragement for continued prosperity, personal growth, and joy among your guests:

"Here&aposs a toast to the future, a toast to the past, and a toast to our friends, far and near. The past a bright dream may our friends remain faithful and clear."

"May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live!"

"As we start the New Year, let&aposs get down on our knees to thank God we&aposre on our feet." 

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." —ꂾnjamin Franklin

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year&aposs Day." —ꃭith Pierce 

"For last year&aposs words belong to last year&aposs language, and next year&aposs words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." — T.S. Eliot

"Here&aposs to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old here&aposs to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold."

For a clever or lighthearted New Year&aposs Eve toast, select a salutation that will amuse and delight your guests. These quotes each include a joke perfect for your New Year&aposs festivities:

"Here&aposs health to those I love and wealth to those who love me."

"May all your troubles during the coming year be as short as your New Year&aposs resolutions."

"Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow ye diet."

"Youth is when you&aposre allowed to stay up late on New Year&aposs Eve. Middle age is when you&aposre forced to." — Bill Vaughn

"As you slide down the banisters of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."

"He who breaks a resolution is a weakling he who makes one is a fool." —ਏ.M. Knowles

"Here&aposs to those who&aposve seen us at our best and seen us at our worst and can&apost tell the difference."

Some believe that your toast for New Year&aposs Eve is only as strong as your drink. If your countdown comes in the form of cocktails and champagne, look over these quotes and sayings before giving your champagne toast:

"Come, let us drink!" — Francis Rabelais

"In victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need it." — Napoleon Bonaparte

"Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy, Happy New Year, everybody." — Phyllis McGinley

"There comes a time in every woman&aposs life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne." — Bette Davis

"Always do sober what you said you&aposd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." —਎rnest Hemingway

"Take everything in moderation, including moderation." — Oscar Wilde

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." — F. Scott Fitzgerald

If none of the above tempts you, consider perennials such as "To you!" and "All the best." A classic quote can tie any New Year&aposs toast together. For emergencies, memorize this bonus quote from Wallace Irwin:

"I used to know a clever toast, but pshaw! I cannot think of it—so fill your glass to anything and, bless your souls, I&aposll drink to it!"

Champagne Recipes for the New Year&aposs Toast

As it&aposs been said, a New Year&aposs Eve quote is only as strong as the drink you raise alongside it. Enjoy our top-rated champagne cocktails, bubbly beverages, and crowd-pleasing appetizers. Finish things off with a luscious New Year&aposs dessert. No matter how you cheer, may your New Year&aposs party be blessed with friendship, laughter, and food.

Start the New Year Right with 9 Delicious Brunch Recipes

After all that New Year's Eve reveling, it's important to eat a substantial (and of course delicious) breakfast! We have 9 absolutely decadent options that will get 2016 started right!

This warm, comforting spicy egg dish from Scott Conant is a cheerful option. Scott makes a complex, spicy red sauce, which he pours into serving dishes and adds poached eggs. He tops with parmesan cheese and then cooks in the oven under the broiler.

Rocker Sammy Hagar makes a classic French toast and says that you can &ldquobe your own boss&rdquo when it comes to the toppings, meaning, top it with whatever you like! He likes to go simple with just real maple syrup, but his wife likes to add berries.

Bobby Flay serves a perfectly poached egg on a nest of wilted greens over creamy polenta, topped with a drizzle of chili oil. Great, healthy but elegant option!

Bobby&rsquos crowd-pleasing breakfast pizza is topped with an herbed crème fraiche, bacon, caramelized onions and goat cheese-and-chili scrambled eggs &ndash yum!

This is a cool, refreshing and very festive coffee drink to pour into your favorite punch bowl and serve on the morning after lots of merrymaking!

This elegant and flavorful option features poached eggs and a Cuban-inspired spicy mojo sauce served on a bed of crispy bacon on a toasted baguette, with avocado and lime sprinkled above. Delish!

This extremely creative way to serve eggs with eggplant would be perfect to serve at an upscale brunch. First, you make little eggplant parm rounds, then top with prosciutto, wilted greens, a poached egg, and a cheesy béchamel sauce. Yum!

This truly decadent choice is the perfect New Year's Eve hangover cure! Anne makes sandwiches of white bread, grated Gruyere, and a pre-cooked filling that includes tomato, bacon onion and more, then dips them in an egg mixture and grills. She tops with a sunny side up egg and chives &ndash beautiful!

If your New Year's resolution is to eat healthier, start with New Year's Day breakfast! Fitness pro and Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper makes a delicious waffle that is also extremely healthy. He uses rolled oats, almond milk, Greek yogurt and coconut oil, among other ingredients, to make this delicious treat.

What's your favorite meal to eat on New Year's morning? Watch below to see Anne Burrell make her mouthwatering stuffed French toast.