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My family is the epitome of low-key fancy. I barely wear makeup, but I own a champagne saber. My oldest son pretty much only wears t-shirts but they are exclusive and cost more than a t-shirt should. After running around for all the other holidays, my family loves to celebrate New Year's Eve at home. We get into our comfiest clothes, hang out as a family and eat delicious food. A low-key fancy New Year's Eve party is the best!
Before kids, we would go to parties with our friends. But once they came along, we decided that we most enjoyed staying home. It's a totally relaxed night with some traditions (like these countdown bags), but we also add in new things as well. I make sure that we have delicious food and drinks for the whole night and everyone looks forward to the little surprises I sprinkle in. I always make a trip to Whole Foods Market to take care of everything I need for our New Year's night in.
Sometimes we invite another family over. But they have to be low-key fancy too. There are certain people in your life that you can wear sweatpants in front of. Those are the only people that make the cut for our favorite night of the year. I really wouldn't even consider this a full-on party. It's mostly about the food!
New Year's Eve with Whole Foods
Whole Foods is my favorite because they have such awesome, seasonal and local products. Their unique items make entertaining super easy. Just like when Whole Foods sent me their must-have fall products, they recently sent me a box full of some inspired products for entertaining. These were the perfect start to planning my New Year's Eve party. From their wine selection to their chips and everything in between, Whole Foods makes it so easy to host a party with ease. I don't cook a meal for New Year's Eve. It's my night off, too, after all. Instead, we mostly snack throughout the night. But I always make sure that we have one thing that is a little bit more substantial to make sure nobody is starving. This year I decided to do lobster! It doesn't get much fancier than that!
New Year's Eve is the perfect night to upgrade the usual snacks. With specialty crackers, cheeses, dips, etc., Whole Foods Market is the perfect place to pick up all those unique items that make the night extra special. Plus their staff is super helpful and are always there to answer a question or help you find (or figure out) what you need.
How to Plan a Low-Key New Year's Eve Party
Snacks and finger foods are a great thing to serve for New Year's Eve. I use our small table in our eating nook next to the kitchen to set out all the food. I set out the food, still in their packages, to make sure that everything has a place.
In the afternoon, I usually start preparing food for later in the evening. With food prep out of the way, I can enjoy the evening along with my family and not get stuck in the kitchen. I made a super delicious, easy appetizer by picking up some Di Stefano Burrata to go with the Divina Roasted Tomatoes that came in my NYE box. Burrata is one of my favorite cheeses (it's SO creamy) and it pairs so well with garlicky tomatoes. This literally took 2 seconds to “make” but it looks totally fancy! Super low-key. Along with the tomatoes and burrata, I put out some sliced cheeses and Gusto Organic Genoa Salame. Cheese and meats are a staple for our New Year's celebrating. I paired them with delicious crunchy items to create the perfect snacking situation. I'm obsessed with Lesley Stowe Cranberry and Hazelnut Raincoast Crisps. (The Hazelnut can only be found at Whole Foods!). They're just a touch sweet which I can't get enough of. Terra Vegetables Chips are the perfect sweet and salty snack. And you can never go wrong with Marcona almonds!
The only reason that I put the foods into bowls or on platters is that it makes them easier to grab and sometimes packaging can take up too much room. A low-key fancy New Year's Eve party means you can leave things in the jars they came in as I did with the Divina Organic Pitted Green Olives.
I picked up some Sustainable Wild-Caught Lobster Tails, plus some extra lobster meat (already removed from the shell), for the nachos. Whole Foods Market is the only place I buy seafood since they only sell sustainable wild-caught or Responsibly Farmed seafood. Since I usually eat lobster in restaurants (not, like ALL the time, but you know, once in a while), I am not an expert at cooking it. This frozen lobster couldn't have been easier to make and tasted delicious! I like to serve our dinner in this case, lobster tails and lobster nachos, around 8 pm. I also swap out some of the other food to make sure everything is nice and fresh.The lobster nachos turned out SO good! Using the pre-cooked lobster meat was such a good idea. The lobster pieces and crème fraîche turned these low-key nachos to fancy. I think I'm going to make every holiday low-key fancy from now on! What I love about this night is that everyone sort of takes care of themselves. I set out little stations, so they know what their options are, and then they grab what they need when they need it. I usually pick up a nice bottle of bubbly, like this La Marca Luminore Prosecco Superiore for myself, some sparkling cider for the boys and a local beer for my husband. How cool are those colorful beer cans! The pomegranate seeds are a fun, colorful touch to add to the wine and cider to make them seem even fancier. Whole Foods even has a fun selection of decorations for a limited time. These fun confetti poppers from Papyrus are a festive touch. I use them as a decoration since I am mess averse and would probably run away if one of my kids popped one in the house. It's also the one night a year that my kids can make noise with noisemakers. They love that tradition. This Papyrus garland added some easy sparkle to our little dessert station. We don't typically decorate for New Year's Eve (except for maybe a photo backdrop so we can take pictures with these photo booth props). We get decked out for Christmas which we then take down immediately so we can celebrate my son's birthday so New Year's Eve is kept pretty simple. This metallic garland is just what we needed! Later in the evening, I like to put out some sweets for us to enjoy. If I put them out too early, the kids (and sometimes me) won't eat anything else. OMG! These Whole Foods Market Organic Chocolate Truffles are INSANELY good! I wasn't sure what to expect but they had a really rich dark chocolate flavor that melted in your mouth!
And I had been hearing about dessert hummus but I hadn't gotten to try it yet! This Dessert Hummus by Delighted by Hummus was super yummy. This Brownie Batter flavor was rich and decadent but it's made with chickpeas! Pretzel sticks made a perfect dipper and so did the fresh fruit I picked up from Whole Foods.
How do you celebrate New Year's Eve? Click here for more low-key fancy NYE inspiration from Whole Foods Market. And be sure to head to your local store to check out their local and seasonal offerings.
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