T-minus 2 days till the countdown to a new year! Although I’m a firm believer in making changes and starting new beginnings any time of year, I still love the surge of positivity, hope, and drive that NYE brings. Whether it was a wild ride or a goal-crushing 2017, it truly is a special time to celebrate with friends and loved ones while looking back on the previous year.
I’ve parterned with Montellier to share an easy Festive Fizz Cocktail and Dessert Table idea, that can be put together quickly while still looking cute of course, if you’re throwing a last minute new years eve get together. Montellier is sparkling water that’s sourced here in Quebec and if you’re anything like me and love to support local business’, then you’ll be happy to find that sweet little “Aliments Du Quebec” stamp. On a casual day, I love switching up my regular water and pairing it with fresh fruit. On a festive day, it’s the perfect addition to create some fun cocktails.
If you read my Girls Holiday Brunch post then you’d remember two key tips in how to effortlessly host any kind of party, one of them being to create a signature cocktail. Having a signature Festive Fizz makes the party so much more chic. Basically, anything that looks homemade makes people think that you put loads of effort into it but in reality, it took you a minute to whip up all the drinks.
For this cocktail, I was very inspired by the gorgeous blue hue of the Montellier bottles. A combination of Blue Curacao, Vodka, Cinnamon Schnapps Liqueur, and topping it off with some lemon sparkling water, gives the drink sweet citrus notes, as well as a hint of spice. A little tip! I like to chill the champagne glasses before to keep the drink crisp. Also, I decided to add blueberries for garnish to keep with the blue theme, but pomegranates would be pretty, and even more festive.
My second key tip— Plate it like you made it! Holiday parties aren’t the best time to start experimenting in the kitchen. Trust me, I know this from experience… Would you believe me if I told you that I bought both these cupcakes and cake, premade at my local grocery store? When it comes to baking, I’m definitely not applying to be the next great Canadian baker, but I surely will pretend with these easy cake hacks!
All you need is two birthday cakes that you can find in the bakery section. I towered them one on top of the other and removed excess icing to give it the naked cake look. In a separate bowl, I tossed blueberries and rosemary in icing sugar, and decorated the top of the cake with a sweet moon. For the cupcakes, there were candy sprinkles that I removed and replace it with the same blueberries and little sprigs of rosemary. And voila! You didn’t even break a sweat. This is such an easy cake hack and beautifully done, if I do say so myself. **dusts shoulder off** When your guests gush and ask how you made this, you totally tell them how because you can’t keep these awesome secrets to yourself!
Now for the rest of the dessert table, you just can’t go wrong with chocolate, right!? I simply unwrapped a bunch of my favorite chocolates and put them in bowls for a much more cute presentation. I layered the table with bowls, a cake stand and a cupcake tower, while leaving enough space for guests to bring either bottles of wine and more desserts.
When it comes to the decor, again, I kept it simple with adding some beaded garlands, star garlands and lights. It’s not completely necessary to decorate, but I always think it’s a chic touch that doubles as a selfie wall! Who wouldn’t want to take a boomerang doing a cheers with your blue Festive Fizz in front of all this starry night cuteness!?
These holiday parties don’t need to be complicated, stressful, or fussy in any way! With your Festive Fizz made with Montellier sparkling water in one hand and a sweet cupcake in the other, sit back, relax, and enjoy the year’s final party! See you all in again in the New Year, sweet friends. 🙂
Happy New Year!
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Montellier. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.