MISS TVC's HINT
New Year's Eve
the coming year as a journey we are about to
embark on. The trip will take 12 months. Our
paths will cross occasionally but most of this
journey will be taken only with our immediate
family. Let's celebrate and offer "Bon
Voyage" in hopes of good luck and happy
- Plan early and
mail invitations at least 21 days
before the party. Be sure that the
invitaions indicate if the party is
casual, dinner, cocktail or formal.
- Be sure your
guests know what to expect. For
Evening cocktails, midnight
After midnight breakfst buffet.
- Let your
budget be your guide as to how
extravagant you get. But!
the best. It is better to limit the
choices than to have a wide array of
poor quality food and beverages.
- At the stroke
of midnight, serve bubbly: Spumonte,
Cordon Negron, Champagne and, of
course, sparkling cider or sparkling
grape for an alcohol alternative.
- Pay attention
1.) Write down all of your ideas.
2.) Make two lists. One list is of
everything you need to prepare. Every
food, drink and decoration. Then,
cross off everything you have. The
second list is of everything you need
to do. It is most helpful if you
prepare a daily chart from now until
6:00 p.m. of party day.
- If you are
serving a buffet, make it interesting!
Hot, cold, light, dark, soft, hard,
creamy, crunchy, spicy, mild, meat,
vegetable. Serve foods at different
heights. Place bricks or other heavy
flat objects at different levels on
the table. Cover with an oversized
tablecloth and place foods on the
different levels for an appealing
- Use candles of
different lengths and sizes in large
groupings; silver and crystal trays
and bowls; fresh flowers and greenery;
eucalyptus along the tops of large
furniture, over doorways and on
mantels. Eucalyptus will scent the
air and also absorb smoke and odors.
Drape miniature white Christmas
lights in the branches of tall
interior trees and plants (eg. ficus)
or woven into greenery along stair
rails and mantels. Weave lighting in
and around foods on the buffet.
- Decorate your
foyer or entrance area with flowers,
greenery, wired ribbon, etc. and have
the same ingredients at the food area
- Program music
on cassettes or cds to last the
entire party. Begin with an easy
listening, softer music for the first
hour (perhaps Mannheim Steamroller),
move into a jazz or R&B for the
second hour, a livlier slightly
louder mix of music for the remainer
of the party with music reverting
back to a slow, easy listening
approximately a half-hour before the
last guest should leave. This sudden
change in music is a gracious way to
let guests know the party is over.
approximately 11:30, get out a tray
mounded up with premium fresh
stawberries and a bowl of whipped
cream. Of course, the ultimate
would be to also have a fondue pot
full of hot melted dipping chocolate.
The taste of strawberry and chocolate
is magnificent with the bubbly about
to be served at midnight.
- Keep an eye on the clock!
They should all have been checked for
accuracy and synchronized before the
In the foyer have a bowl, or basket,
full of fancy eye masks. Enough for
all guests. Hand them out as each
Along with each glass of midnight
bubbly, hand each guest a noise maker
or paper "cracker".
- The hour has arrived! Make a
toast to the future--drink--kiss--make