Time to talk top NYEve party bites, and let the adventure into a whole new decade begin.
Rule #1 for this New Year's Eve: create a colorful, vibrant holiday feasting table.
Hints of flowers, lots of candles, and abundant pretty produce are three trends to dress your table.
We can't live - or throw a party - without Matsumoto oranges this season. The beautiful green leaves and stems take your table to the next level - and yet right from the grocery aisle.
Layer in pops of color with winter citrus and fruits like pomegranates, pears, apples and more for bright hues that bring your party to life. And best of all - this is easy to set a day or two prior to the party - like today - so you can focus on food before your guests arrive.
If there is one big food trend we love from 2019 - it is big, beautiful tasting boards. At the top of our must serve list: the Caprese Board.
Layer up a collection of cheeses from mini mozzarella balls, fresh mozza slices, burrata, herbed goat chese and all the tomatoes in all the colors and sizes.
We love mini cherry tomatoes in red, orange, yellow, and heirloom tomatoes on the stem, as well as halved small tomatoes, sliced tomatoes, whole tomatoes - to give the board variety and dimension.
Tuck in fresh basil by the pile, bowls of pesto, toasts and breads - and you've got a gorgeous spread fit for every palette and diet - from vegan to veg to paleo and more.
Pesto quinoa - one of our favorite healthy spreads - adds color and protein to the board in small bowls.
Next up: the charcuterie trend. Always, always a crowd favorite at any party.
Similar to the steps above for the caprese board, create "piles" of rolled up sliced meats including rosemary ham, salamis, capicola, speck and other fresh sliced meats right from the deli aisle of your grocery.
Fresh crudité adds dimension and another level of healthy dietary options: sliced baby carrots, zucchini, radish and pickled vegetables are all top choices.
Jars of mustards, jams, chile honey and pickles add texture and flavor to the board, and make a perfect anchor in the center.
Everyone loves a deviled egg - so let's make a whole board!
Move over Avo Toast: toppings from guacamole to smoked salmon spread to curry hummus turn a favorite bready bite into a gluten free, protein packed egg bite.
Top each schmear onto the hard boiled egg with shredded carrots, fresh dill, parsley, bacon jerky and everything bagel seasoning for the perfect finishing touch and garnish.
Perfect for a New Year's Brunch - a parfait board mixes vanilla yogurt with crunchy granolas, cereals, berries and all the fixings.
Paired with glass canning jars and small spoons - guests have a do it yourself tasting bar to pair their own favorites and dietary needs with a bright and healthy mix of seasonal flavors.
Chocolate cocoa granola, pomegranate seeds and honey are just few of our favorite parfait board things...
Stylist secret: note the halved citrus on all our tasting boards: blood orange, orange, ruby red grapefruit, limes and lemons and a professional catered touch to your displays.
And last - but never least - is the knock their socks off Seafood Board.
Pile a platter or wooden board full of ice, and then layer on crab claws, cocktail shrimp, lots of sliced lemons, and a big bowl of spicy cocktail sauce for a big finish.
Pro tip: slice lemons in half for garnish, and lemons into wedges for easy squeezing by guests as they make their plates of seafood.
Half pineapple for big bold garnishes and fresh color on the tasting board.
So there you have it - all our favorite boards for your big, beautiful New Year's bash.
To you we share and we say: celebrate what you want to see more of.
We toast to you - and a whole new decade. Cheers to 2020.
Styling, Stationery A Perfect Event
Venue DL Studio
Photography Gerber Scarpelli