‘Tis the season, and we’re getting way ahead of ourselves – skipping right past Hannukah, Kwanza, Festivus and Christmas and planning for New Year’s Eve! The plan this year: an intimate New Orleans style masquerade dinner party, complete with poker, masks, and absinthe (if we’re feeling dangerous).
Having a great theme has injected a ridiculous – bordering on unhealthy, frankly – level of excitement around New Year’s Eve. So, we’ve started menu and event planning.
For the menu, we’re rounding up our favorite New Orleans recipes. The last time I was in New Orleans, I picked up The New Orleans Cookbook that promises classic meals from the city’s best chefs. So, I’m dusting it off the shelf that it’s been sitting on for way too long and going all out.
To whet our appetite…
- Muffalata Deviled Eggs
- Gumbo Dip
- Okra Hush Puppies
For the main meal…
- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
And for dessert…
- Classic King Cake
- Beignets (first ever attempt at these tricky, delicious bites – fingers crossed!)
And for the main event… well, poker goes a long way. But we’re also thinking we need a little something for those of us who don’t have the strongest poker faces (It’s sometimes just too exciting to get matching cards, isn’t it?). So, we’re going to arm our guests with glitter, sparkles, feathers, and puff paint and have them create their own masks. The not-so-unintended consequence: everyone will have a mask! No exceptions. I’m still a little traumatized from our Halloween party where only 3 of the 45 guests had costumes. I’m done with the opt-in approach.
Between now and NYE we’re looking for more ideas to make this shindig as authentic New Orleans as we can get. What NOLA inspired recipes and party ideas do you have in your arsenal? Help us make this NYE as fabulous as possible!
We’ll be sharing the final recipes, make-your-own mask plan, and the pictures (all those that are appropriate anyway…) after we’ve rung in the New Year. ‘Til then, joyeuses fêtes!