Planning the Perfect New Year’s Eve Celebration
New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse for a party, but the stress of hosting a social gathering is not the best way to welcome a new year. Luckily, there are a few ways to host a New Year’s Eve celebration that are smart, savvy, and stress-free – and Orange Beach Concierge can help you every step of the way.
Grab a Gourmet-To-Go Dinner
If you don’t want to spend the last day of the year behind your stove, let us treat your group to a gourmet chef-prepared meal! The Pans are our line of delicious pre-made dinners available to those who want fine food without fuss. With just 24-hours’ notice, you can choose from one of four flavorful meals prepared by award-winning Chef David Pan and packed to-go with a baguette and chef’s choice of dessert:
- The Italian is a delicious chicken marsala with mushrooms, shallots, garlic, parsley, and angel hair pasta. The meal also includes an arugula and radicchio salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
- The French Connection is an award-winning spread that combines Julia Child’s recipe for beef bourguignon with mushroom and pearl onions, brie and marmalade bites, roasted garlic, parmesan mashed potatoes, and garlic green bean almondine.
- The Mexican is a gourmet taco tray that comes with your choice of roasted chicken or pork with corn salsa and pico de gallo. Toppings and sides include flour tortillas, black beans, brown rice, fresh guacamole, and crispy tortilla chips.
- New Orleans Taste is a gorgeous chicken and sausage gumbo served with rice. The meal also includes jumbo shrimp cocktail with remoulade and a classic Caesar salad.
Add Amazing Apps
Of course, the main course shouldn’t be your only concern – for a truly perfect party, you’ll want to add some amazing appetizers to the mix! The best appetizers curb your appetite and allow for conversation, all while keeping you excited about your upcoming entree.
We get it – that’s a lot of fuss over finger food! Luckily, you can pop into The Pantry for some delicious choices that more than fit the bill and come ready-to-serve. Chef David’s West Indies Salad is loaded with zesty lemon and fresh crab meat, offering a vibrant twist on this unique crab ceviche (did you know that it originated in Mobile?) Pimento Cheese is another great pick – it’s a sweet and savory spread made from several different cheeses. Both items pair perfectly with Firehook’s fine and flavorful Sea Salt crackers.
Don’t Forget Delicious Desserts!
You can’t start the new year without something sweet! Chef David and The Pantry can help you delight your guests with a dessert tray full of decadent and delicious treats. There are wonderful options behind the grab-and-go counter – rich chocolate truffles, vibrant macaroons (that are almost too pretty to eat), cannoli’s filled with creamy ricotta cheese and more. You can also scour the shelves for some great gourmet goodies like K+M chocolate! Why choose just one when you can create a beautiful tray filled with sinfully delicious desserts?
The perfect New Year’s Eve Celebration ends with a midnight toast, and The Pantry has a wide selection of quality spirits to help you salute the year in delicious style.
If you want to have a traditional toast, La Marca Prosecco is light and beautifully bubbly, offering a perfect choice for the whole group. If you prefer beer to bubbly, you’ll find a collection of craft beer and local brews to choose from. You can also mix it up with a Miami Cocktail spritzer – they’re organic, low-calorie, and made with clean ingredients, helping you get ahead on staying healthy in the New Year!