Host a New Year's Day Brunch

This tasty brunch is a cinch to prepare so you can ring in the new year without knocking yourself out.

Fresh Start

January 1st is all about making resolutions and starting the year off on the right foot. Invite family and friends over for a tasty brunch to celebrate new beginnings. To inspire feelings of rejuvenation, choose simple decor and a colorful menu.

Easy Arrangements

The talented team at The Byrd Collective created these eye-catching centerpieces that couldn't be easier — just buy a dozen tulips or carnations in bright colors to match your party's decor. Group the flowers together in monochromatic bunches, then place in stemless wine glasses and arrange in a line down the center of the table.

Keep It Casual

Sometimes the simpler a place setting, the better. For this party, keep the place settings casual, using only the essentials: knife, fork, napkin and plate. Two small disco ball ornaments tied around a folded napkin add a touch of glitz.

Do-It-Yourself Cocktails

Here's a fun way to encourage guest interaction at the party: Set up a build-your-own-mimosa bar to let guests get creative with their drinks and free up the hostess from playing bartender during the party. Small recipe cards set in front of the ingredients provide fun ideas for mixing up specialty cocktails.

Simple Seating

Formal place cards would have felt too stiff, so in keeping with the party's relaxed, casual vibe, just write guests' names on card stock then cut a slit in the paper's top and bottom and slide a wide grosgrain ribbon through so you can tie it to the back of the chair.

Sharing Resolutions

Jump start the table talk by asking each guest to anonymously write down their New Year's resolution and drop it into a jar. When everyone's seated, bring the collection to the table and take turns reading resolutions aloud, allowing guests to jump in and guess who wrote each one.

Incorporate Bright Flavors

In addition to being delicious, bright, seasonal food can be a beautiful addition to a party's decor. My friends at Any Style Catering created a buffet boasting clean, colorful and fuss-free dishes. Poached pears perfectly lined up on a tart add a gorgeous splash of bold color. Get the recipe for this Poached Pear Galette.

Food in a Flash

Brunch is, without a doubt, one of my favorite times of day to have a party. Fortunately, many brunch items are also a cinch to prepare, like these mini bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon that you can assemble in a jiffy. Get the recipe.


For this party, I focused less on the glitz of New Years Eve, and more on the idea of a fresh start and clean slate. White and lucite create a minimalist backdrop for decor, while bold saturated colors popped up in the details as crisp accents. For an added burst of energy, bring in the celebratory mood of the previous night with touches of metallic and colorful confetti.

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