The presents are opened, the stockings hang loosely upon the mantle once more, and it’s easy for us all to slump into the after-Christmas stupor as the merriment of the season comes to a close. But before you allow yourself to fall into the post-tidings blues, we’re here to remind you that December 26th shouldn’t be a day of long faces, but a day of giddy anticipation for the new beginnings that come when January 1st rolls around! And what better way to ring in the New Year than to celebrate the end of 2022 with a champagne bar?! Here’s an easy 4 step process to creating the New Years Eve Champagne Bar of your dreams!

Step One: The Setup

There’s nothing better than fancying up an already fancy champagne flute! Dip each flute in orange juice, then in granulated sugar for a delicious, orange-flavored sugar rim. Then, take wooden kabob sticks and skewer on some fresh fruit–I like to use a variety of blackberries and raspberries. Place a skewer in each class.

Step Two: The Mixers

If you’re a Champagne purist, more power to ya! But for those who like to mix things up, put out a variety of options. I like to use cranberry and orange juice, but any fruit juice will do! And since New Years Eve calls for a little extra celebration, don’t forget to include other liqueur options like Chambord and Cointreau.

Step Three: The Garnish

No celebratory drink is complete without the added flare of a garnish. Set out bowls of rosemary and mint sprigs, frozen blackberries and raspberries, and pomegranate arils. To really dazzle partygoers, add a plate of sugar cubes to bring the fizz back to any flat champagne as the night goes on (and if you’re really feeling fancy, make it flavored sugar cubes)!

Step Four: The Bubbles

Provide a variety of your favorite bubbles, including Champagne, sparkling wine, sparkling Rosè, and sparkling cider for anyone looking for a non-alcoholic option.

Cheers to 2023!

Natalie