5 Ways to Jazz Up Your New Year’s Eve Night at Home

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For years now, we’ve had a New Year’s Eve night to remember, right at home. I’m proud to be partnering with Domino’s® to share all about one of my favorite holidays, and how we jazz it up just right at home with the right friends, food and fun!

Whatever your NYE plans are, make sure you include Domino’s in them. Here's 5 ways we jazz up our New Year's Eve celebrations right at home! #ad #DominosNYE

When I was a kid, I didn’t like New Year’s Eve – because it meant that school was starting back up again.

These days, I LOVE it. I love New Year’s Eve, I love New Year’s Day, and I love the clean and fresh promise of a new year. It doesn’t hurt that we always go to Florida in January – making it one of the more exciting months out of our year. And it doesn’t hurt that we have AWESOME New Year’s Eve celebrations. I’m talking total foodie, fun and friends fest. So good!

New Year's Eve celebrations

For many years now, since Scarlet was a baby, we have shared New Year’s Eve and Day with close friends who live near Boston. For five or six years now, our SUPER close friends from Chicago have come too! They are our house guests for 3-4 nights every January. One year we had to split up a bit because there were just too many families involved, so we went to the house of the friends we started this tradition with – the ones near Boston. We had taken two cars to take all eight of us (my family and house guests) there and a ride that usually takes 1.5 hours took 4 hours for all of us because of terrible Boston-area traffic. So, we got there after 8:00 that night and had a giant sleepover. That was the year that changed things.

Since then, we host right here in Northampton every year. And it’s so festive!

Whatever your NYE plans are, make sure you include Domino’s in them. Here's 5 ways we jazz up our New Year's Eve celebrations right at home! #ad #DominosNYE

Food is served from afternoon until 1 or 2am. In reality, there’s brief sleeping and then we pick right back up again with a brunch. That said, I’d love to share my ways to jazz up a New Year’s Eve night at home, and why Domino’s is everything!

I’ve been a fan of Domino’s for two decades now and they have all the right ingredients (and lava crunch cakes.. ahem) to make sure you have the BEST New Year’s Eve right at home plans EVER. And there are coupon savings, so keep reading!

5 Ways to Jazz Up Your New Year’s Eve Night at Home:

1 – Dress up. I remember one year, I wore flannel pants. Never again. It feels like a real party when I dress up! (and it is)

2 – Invest in a fun laser light show. We usually have special lights going and the kids LOVE it. They dance in the center of the room and try to “chase” the shapes and colors on the wall. If we’re being honest, the pets like it too.

3 – Make a signature drink every year. And make one that can be enjoyed by everyone – kids and adults alike!

4 – Set up a sheet or projector to project a movie or music show. This will get the party hopping!

5 – Whatever your New Year’s Eve plans are, make sure you include Domino’s – because it’s SO GOOD! We get Domino’s Marbled Cookie Brownie™, Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes, Parmesan Bread Twists, and Ultimate Pepperoni Pizza for the win.

Whatever your NYE plans are, make sure you include Domino’s in them. Here's 5 ways we jazz up our New Year's Eve celebrations right at home! #ad #DominosNYE

Use 20NYE for 20% off your entire menu-priced order when you order online now through 12/31. We usually have a big foodie party at New Year’s Eve. Everyone brings something they love. And what I love is Domino’s and all of the goodies I mentioned above. I love sharing Domino’s with my friends!

Whatever your NYE plans are, make sure you include Domino’s in them. Here's 5 ways we jazz up our New Year's Eve celebrations right at home! #ad #DominosNYE

Whatever your NYE plans are, make sure you include Domino’s in them. Here's 5 ways we jazz up our New Year's Eve celebrations right at home! #ad #DominosNYE

Whatever your NYE plans are, make sure you include Domino’s in them. Here's 5 ways we jazz up our New Year's Eve celebrations right at home! #ad #DominosNYE

Whatever your NYE plans are, make sure you include Domino’s in them. Here's 5 ways we jazz up our New Year's Eve celebrations right at home! #ad #DominosNYE

What’s your favorite way to celebrate? What’s your favorite item on the Domino’s menu?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Domino’s®.

Christmas Appetizers: Santa Hat Cheese & Red Bell Pepper Appetizer

Just call me the Queen of Last Minute Christmas Appetizers!

In terms of Christmas appetizers, the Santa Hat Cheese & Red Bell Pepper Appetizer is so easy, so adorable, and so perfect for #lastminuteChristmas! #recipe

Seriously, though. There are still five days until Christmas. I am certainly not done!

That said, I started way early this year with my shopping. I got into the holiday spirit in November because I like twinkly lights and buying things for people, and hey, 2018 was a mixed bag of weird and wild and I know many of us are happy to welcome 2019. So I thought I’d enjoy these last few months of the year, because I like ending on a high note. Like this:

Christmas Appetizers: Santa Hat Cheese & Red Bell Pepper Appetizer:

What You Need:

Monterey Jack Cheese Cracker Cuts
2 Red Bell Peppers
4 oz Cream Cheese (softened)
Town House Flatbread Crisps

What You Do:

1 – First, cut the bell peppers in half and clean out all the seeds, and then rinse well

2 – Next, cut the peppers into small triangles and pat dry with a paper towel

3 – Take the cheese and cut each piece in half

4 – Then, place one piece on a cracker and top with a Santa hat (pepper)

5 – Place the softened cream cheese into a sandwich size baggie

6 – Snip off a small piece of the corner – a piping bag can be used as well

7 – Next, pipe 5-6 dots along the bottom of the pepper and 1 dot on the top to create the Santa hat

8 – Lastly, serve and enjoy this festive holiday appetizer.

red bell pepper

Town House Flatbread Crisps

Can we all just say that these are adorable? Also, they’re tasty because the Town House Flatbread Crisps have a lot of flavor! I first had them at my parent’s house over Thanksgiving and Des begged me to buy them again. Had to do it!

In terms of Christmas appetizers, the Santa Hat Cheese & Red Bell Pepper Appetizer is so easy, so adorable, and so perfect for #lastminuteChristmas! #recipe

Are you loving the Santa Hat party recipes? Check out my Christmas Tree Santa Hat Bugle Treats!

Are you done with your Christmas shopping/menu planning yet?

In terms of Christmas appetizers, the Santa Hat Cheese & Red Bell Pepper Appetizer is so easy, so adorable, and so perfect for #lastminuteChristmas! #recipe