New Year’s Eve Party Inspiration

New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the year that has passed, and looking forward to the year to come. Here are a few great ways to make your New Year’s Eve party one to remember.

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Just because you want to keep things simple, doesn’t mean you should get rid of all the fun little details. Pretty My Party shares some fun details (plus a free printable)!

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You won’t want to miss these “Kiss Me Kits” Shaken Together Life put together! They are such a cute idea as party favors, of just for you and your honey.

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No party is complete without food. AKA Design shares some great appetizers to make your party good a hit.

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This New Year’s Eve mocktail will please both the young and the old. Check out Kleinworth & Co. for this recipe and many others!
New Year's Eve Party Inspiration|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comNew Year’s Eve is the perfect time to write down those resolutions. Create a space for your party guests to list theirs. Lia Griffith shares how she created these cute cards over on her blog.New Year's Eve Party Inspiration|Designers Sweet Spot|

Nothing says New Year’s like champagne! These pretty cake balls from Sugar & Soul are sure to be a hit.

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Head over to Domestically Blissful to see this match sign in action! This is something I never would’ve thought of.

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Celebrating New Year’s with kids can be so much fun. Here’s a great way to get them involved in the countdown! The Suburban Mom shares her tips on how to make this successful over on her blog.

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The Blue Eyed Dove shares all her fun tips on how to create a festive atmosphere. Head over to her blog for all the New Year’s Eve inspiration you need.

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I love these cute fortune cookies made by Happiness is Homemade. They would make excellent party favors, but would also look so pretty displayed on a platter at your desert table.


Whether you’re planning a huge party or a quiet night at home. We hope these fun ideas will help you welcome in the New Year! 


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Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

The holidays are finally here! What feels more festive than a tasty cocktail at your holiday party?  So much of a successful party revolves around the food and beverages served. We’ve found a few festive cocktails perfect for any event you are planning during this holiday season.

After looking at these recipes for the past few hours while writing this article, I’m ready to go sample a few of them. Cheers!

Still looking for some holiday inspiration? Check out even more festive ideas:

Holiday Gift Guide for Women Over 50

DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows

Spiced Hot Apple Cider for Chilly Nights


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Rock the Crock Pot: It’s Easy Apple Kuchen Recipe

Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish. Similar to an apple crisp in texture, but with more flavor this desert is sure to become a family favorite! Cook it in a crock pot for a quick dish when you are low on time!

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Rock the Crock Pot

Crock pot recipes are king in our house. I am always looking for new ways to make quick dishes that can cook while I am working on other projects or busy with work. This dessert is fantastic for dinner with friends or to have warm and ready when you come home from Trick or Treating.

Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish made from freshly baked apples. You can use any good baking apple for this dish. We enjoy Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Winesap, Golden Delicious and various other varieties that our local orchard has on hand. Start with a single variety then add different apples to experiment with the unique flavors that they create.

My grandmother always served apple dishes with a slice of cheese on the side. This practice is a delightful way to finish a meal and takes away that over stuffed feeling if you ate too much for dinner. It really works!

Apple Kuchen Recipe

Crock Pot Apple Kuchen Recipe


  • 6 cups sliced and peeled baking apples, such as Granny Smith
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour or gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • Whip cream (optional)
  • Slices of cheddar, co-jack, havarti or white cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Core, slice and peel the apples. I use this apple peeler apple peeler for quick results.
  2. Place apples in crock pot. We love this crock pot crock pot
  3. Combine flour and spices. Cut in butter, add vanilla.
  4. My favorite vanilla vanilla
  5. Crumble the flour mixture and pour on top of the apples.
  6. Bake on low for about 4 hours until apples are soft and tender.
  7. Serve with whip cream and a slice of cheese.

If you love this recipe, try some of these other ideas:

Spiced Hot Apple Cider Recipe for Blissful Chilly Nights

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Apple Butter

Fast and Easy Pumpkin Pie Bar Treats

No Fail Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Recipe






Spiced Hot Apple Cider Recipe for Blissful Chilly Nights

Spiced Hot Apple Cider is one of our comfort staple foods. There is nothing better than a cup or two on those chilly evenings! This post contains affiliate links. Your purchase will provide me with a small commission. Thank you for your support!

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Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Spiced Hot Apple Cider is easy to make. It’s even easier to drink it, cup after cup. We often make this drink while watching a good movie, or as an indulgence after a long hard day. You can make this beverage with fresh cider or bottled apple juice, but I must say the fresh cider has the most robust flavor.

It is wise to buy your cider mulling spices in bulk for the most economical savings. However, you will find that when you have all these yummy ingredients in the house, you are far more likely to make yourself this fabulous treat. BUY LARGE QUANTITIES of spices, because you never know when the urge will strike. There have been many late nights when I have wanted to run out and buy spices but the local grocery store charges 10X as much as what I pay for the bulk price. Trust me, you don’t want to be making extra trips to the store!

Here’s my favorite spice choices for this beverage:

Bulk Cinnamon Sticks

Bulk Whole Cloves


If you have a special occasion, you can zip it up with a bit of liquor! Just so you know, weekends count as special occasions in my book!

Cinnamon Schnapps

Cherry Brandy

Cranberry Wine

Delicious! Makes a great unexpected treat for company that drops by at the last minute too!

Spiced Hot Cider Recipe


Spiced Hot Apple Cider Recipe for Blissful Chilly Nights


  • 4-6 cups of fresh cider or bottled apple juice
  • 3-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 6-8 cloves
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2-1 jigger of flavored liquor per cup of juice
  • Fresh cinnamon sticks or cranberries for garnish


  1. •Pour cider into medium sauce pan
  2. *Add spices
  3. •Heat over medium high heat until warm
  4. •Measure out liquor, add to individual serving cups
  5. *Pour the hot spiced cider through a sieve into cups
  6. •Add garnish if desired, serve immediately
  7. To make the flavors stronger, bring cider near to boiling. Reduce to simmer, add spices and cook 30-40 minutes until liquid is dark and flavorful. Then strain and serve as noted.

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Try some of these other delicious recipes, you know you want to!

Viennese Coffee

No Fail Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Recipe

Summer Fruit Sangria

How to Pair Wine with Food

Holiday Cheese Board


Delightfully Easy Crock Pot Roast Chicken Recipe

Crock pot recipes are great for the days when you don’t have time to cook and need a hot meal ready when you get home. This recipe super easy and very tasty! This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.

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Crock pot chicken with lemon and marinade.

Crock Pot Roast Chicken

There is something so comforting about having a meal ready to eat when you get home. We eat crock pot meals 2 or 3 times a week during the fall and winter season because they are so easy to throw together and taste delicious.

This roast chicken recipe can be made with frozen chicken breasts, whole chicken or even chicken legs and thighs. I look for chicken on sale and stock up when I can find it less than $2.00 per pound. You can order organic chicken by the case and have it delivered to your door for only $1.39 with Zycon Fresh. 

Crock Pot Roast Chicken Variations

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There are several ways to make this dish, I tend to vary it depending on what’s lurking in my refrigerator at the time. Sometimes I use fresh garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, some times I use the bottled salad dressing as listed. Either way it turns out great and your family will love it!

Crock Pot Beef Roast Recipe

Crock Pot Beef Roast Recipe


  • 4 lbs. chicken breasts, thighs, or legs (thawed)
  • 1 bottle Paul Newman's Olive Oil Italian Dressing (or 4 cloves chopped garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice)
  • Green Olives
  • Lemon slices and fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Wash and clean chicken.
  2. Add to crock pot.
  3. Pour salad dressing over top of chicken, cover.
  4. Cook on high for 6-7 hours or until chicken is falling off the bone.
  5. Add lemon slices, olives and cilantro for garnish.
  6. Serve hot with your favorite rice or potato dish and cooked vegetable.

We love this dish as leftovers too. You can remove the chicken from the bones and serve it on a salad or in a sandwich with mayo and your favorite veggies.  I cook a large quantity of chicken at a time in this manner, freeze any leftovers and add it to my next batch of homemade chicken soup. Anyway you look at it, it’s easy and fast!

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