For Atlanta’s award-winning event planner Tony Conway, a New Year’s brunch is the ideal way to begin a new year. He suggests starting it off on just the right note, a very relaxed one. Tony offers some expert advice to Affluent readers on how to effortlessly host a warm open-house brunch with friends and family to celebrate New Year’s Day.
It’s especially important to consider the mind-set of your guests. A late start around 11 in the morning, should give them time to recuperate from the previous night’s folly. Stress that punctuality is a nonissue for this laid-back affair, encouraging guests to drop in whenever they wish. Let them know the dress is totally informal.
When guests arrive, they will be in need of strong coffee along with something quick to eat. Serve spice tea in mugs and have standing by a plate of mini-muffins. Fill a large punch bowl with fortune cookies so that guests can crack open the cookies and read what their new year’s future holds. It’s a clever conversation starter and a creative way to look ahead.
Every brunch needs an egg dish. Search online for a number of quick and simple breakfast casserole recipes. Hot grits with melted Cheddar or jalapeño cheese are the ideal complement. Honor traditions and have some black-eyed peas for good luck! Check out Virginia Willis’ “smoky collard greens” recipe from her latest book, Bon Appétit, Y’all is Tony’s new hands-down favorite. Bloody Marys and mimosas are the de rigueur “hair of the dog” remedies at any New Year’s Day brunch and a “Capputini” is the perfect New Year’s tonic.
Finally, feature a fabulous dessert. Since this event is likely the last hurrah before New Year’s resolutions officially begin, splurge on the sweets. Chocolate torte, banana pudding, berry trifle, cheesecakes, and an assortment of cookies, cakes and pastries can be set out on the buffet. The ideal addition of a beautiful bowl of fresh fruit will be a fine alternative for those who actually stick to their diets on New Year’s Day.
Guests will wholeheartedly appreciate all the thought you’ve put into satisfying their needs and cravings on New Year’s Day. Surround yourself with friends and family indulging in the flavors and aromas of a well-planned comfort-food new year’s buffet.
2 shots coffee drink
1 shot vodka
Fill a martini shaker with ice cubes. Add coffee drink and vodka. Shake vigorously.
Strain into a martini glass.
Top glass with remaining foam from shaker
Ring in 2011 and start it off on the right foot and enjoy entertaining throughout the year with a casual tone. You’ll be relaxed and everyone will enjoy your parties and rave about them as well.
Formed in 1997, A Legendary Event has grown into a multi-million dollar full-service event enterprise, handling more than 2,500 events a year. Known for his Midas touch, Tony Conway, CEO and Owner is admired by top CEOs, celebrities and politicians because of his attention to detail and penchant for providing fresh, trend-setting and uniquely presented fare, always with the client in mind. A Legendary Event is located in Atlanta and can be reached at (404) 869-8858. For more information, please visit www.alegendaryevent.com.