Ways To Glam Up Your New Year's Eve Party For A Gorgeous Start To 2023

Close your eyes and imagine a scene that sparkles with brilliance. This is your New Year's Eve party. Before your guests join hands and sing "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight, picture them dressed up to the nines, laughing and having fun, with glasses of bubbly in hand. See them enjoying some upscale food and dancing until the small hours. If you're hosting the night, you may have some cleaning up to do the next day, but at least you won't have to drive or grab a cab. Plus, you can look forward to a year filled with dinner party invites in return. 

While those who want to celebrate in extravagant style may reserve a high-end bottle service at a nightclub in Las Vegas,  you can still ring in the New Year in gorgeous, glammed-up style with your own glitzy party. You don't have to spend a fortune either, as we have some great tips on how to bring some panache to your party. From Prosecco-style caviar to Champagne glitter bombs, sparkly Jell-O squares to hand-crafted gold leaf, it's your time to shine as host. Get the bubbly on ice, break open the edible glitter, and let your imagination go wild as you glam up your New Year's Eve party for a gorgeous start to 2023. 

Give bubbles some bling

New Year's Eve is definitely a time to crack open the bubbly and toast both the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. It's a time to celebrate good times. It's a time to let go, have fun, and sparkle as the unique person you are. So why not have your New Year's Eve cocktail sparkle too? Give bubbles some bling this holiday by following a TikTok tip.

Pour some Champagne or prosecco into a glass, but don't fill it right to the brim as you need a little room to work with. Sprinkle colored edible glitter onto a plate, roll a round ice cube in the grains using a spoon, and drop it into your drink. Watch as the glitter bomb adds extra fizz and your whole glass becomes a swirl of sparkly color. It truly is magical. 

This is definitely an easy, low-cost way to glam up your night and make your guests feel excited — and to get them into a party mood as well. 

Serve canapés in style

If you've ever been to a fancy-schmancy buffet or a posh dinner, then you may have enjoyed an amuse-bouche or a small, perfectly formed canapé that looks as aesthetically appetizing as it tastes. Bring that high-class vibe to your New Year's Eve party as guests loosen up and socialize. Even if you're planning to just serve snacks or if you want to serve appetizers while everyone is mingling, set out some food in a way that elevates your party. If you're looking for inspiration, then why not try out a couple of ideas posted on TikTok?

Nothing says an event is uber-glam than canapés served in shot glasses or on individual appetizer spoons. Mix black pepper into cream cheese, and add the concoction to a piping bag. Line up some shot glasses, and pipe in the cheese to fill a quarter of the glass. Chop smoked salmon into fairly large pieces and add the pieces as a layer on top of the cream cheese. Repeat these two steps for two additional layers, and finish off with a sprig of fresh green dill on top. 

You could also make a creamy, spicy cheese sauce and add it to canapé spoons with some scallops, bacon bits, and chives.

Create a glamorous themed menu

You're hosting a New Year's Eve party, so, of course, you want to make sure you've got plenty of drinks and some fabulous canapés, but why stop there? Think about how your menu, as well as your decorations and other elements, can create a glamorous atmosphere that makes you want to celebrate in real style. NPR suggests planning in advance and choosing a theme that resonates easily with your guests. You could evoke 1920s glamour with a party themed around "The Great Gatsby." Think decadence. 

While you may choose art deco touches to set the right tone — and maybe ask guests to come dressed as flappers — you also need fabulous food to add to that indulgent narrative. It can be fun crafting a vintage-inspired menu. 

Besides the dishes, you may also want to create a retro cocktail bar or serve up some classic cocktails from the era, such as a traditional Gin Rickey or a Sidecar made with cognac and orange liqueur. Add in some old-style glassware and decorations, and you have a party that will be remembered.

Shuck some oysters

While some social events call for impressive amounts of food, such as a Thanksgiving feast, others, such as a refined dinner party, are more suited for gourmet delights. A New Year's Eve party can be a grand affair with everyone you know or an intimate soirée with an exclusive guest list. It may be a sit-down extravaganza or a buffet of delicious plates. Either way, if you really want to pull out the stops and make your event feel special, remember that often it's about quality, not quantity. So get to shucking some oysters, and add seafood to your New Year's Eve menu, as one user demonstrated on TikTok.

To start, you'll need a shucking knife. Cover one oyster with a kitchen cloth, with your hand holding it in place on top. Push the knife into the shell to open it. You'll have to move it around to do this. Once you've pried it open, you want to keep the oyster in the half shell. Run your knife along and under the edge of the oyster to make sure it's not too attached so it can be easily eaten by your guests. Once you've finished shucking, spread ice out on a plate and nestle the half shells on top. In the middle, add a homemade condiment in a pot. A great one to try is chopped-up shallot with white wine vinegar and some black pepper. 

Enjoying oysters on New Year's Eve is the epitome of luxury. 

Create a glitzy tablescape

So, you've designed a splendidly sumptuous smorgasbord of magnificent morsels for New Year's Eve, but remember it isn't just about the food you serve — it's also about how you serve it too. You can really elevate a party's atmosphere and make your guests feel special by creating a glitzy tablescape. This means thinking about the place settings if you're throwing a gorgeous dinner party to see in the New Year, as well as the glassware, tableware, and decorations. Even the most spectacular dishes can look dowdy if your table isn't a vision of celebratory glamour. One TikTok user inspired followers with a classy tablescape that is picture-perfect for raising a glass of Champers when the clock strikes midnight. 

Lay down a black tablecloth to set the tone, adding a flashy element with a gold or silver sequined runner. Attractive glassware for wine and bubbles makes your table look sophisticated, while tinsel cocktail sticks are definitely a dazzling addition. Gold and silver festive decorations on the table, as well as mini disco balls, are fun and celebratory. Follow the black, white, gold, and silver color scheme so the whole table looks put together. Set out a few bowls of sweet treats, such as Ferrero Rocher chocolate

Now all you have to do is pour drinks, serve up fine foods, and celebrate.

Make sparkly Champagne Jell-O squares

If you want to inject some holiday fun into your fabulous New Year's Eve party, then you absolutely need to know about sparkling Champagne Jell-O squares. And where better to find a way to make them than the party idea haven that is TikTok? Turn a "spring break in Cabo" shot into a cool-looking offering fit for an end-of-year bash. You'll be able to kick back and have fun just the same, except in a more stylish way. 

You'll need Champagne, a mix of lemon and lime juice with ginger beer, and a packet of unflavored gelatin. Pour a jug of the bubbly into a pan, with some edible pearl dust added if you like. Add in a few ounces of the jug of citrusy ginger beer, along with a sachet of the gelatin. Leave for a couple of minutes before heating until the powder is dissolved. Add the remaining liquid, and pour into a lined baking tray. Leave it to set for a couple of hours. Cut into squares and serve or add a sprinkling of edible gold and silver glitter on the top for some extra sparkle. Enjoy the sight of your grown-up guests enjoying a stylish Jell-O shot experience. 

Design a gorgeous grazing table

Gourmet bites are definitely what you're looking for if you want an end-of-year party that everyone's going to remember. The food at a New Year's Eve party is super important in keeping guests happy and full. Plates of sophisticated snacks work well. Think Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites, dishes made with irresistible truffles, or cicchetti (Venetian small plates). However, simply laying out dishes on a table isn't the best way to wow guests, even if you do throw on a few decorations too. Designing a grazing table, on the other hand, is beautifully bougie. Luckily one TikTok user shared a great way to do this.

Start by putting down a cloth to go under your food and creating a space on the table for your masterpiece. This might include a few sprigs of festive foliage and raised boards to add some different heights. At various places around the area, lay out slices of bread and cascades of crackers. Add bowls of olives and bunches of red and green grapes. Your cheeses are added next. Slice or cube the cheese so it's easy for guests to grab a bite-sized piece. Fill any empty spaces on the table with layers of charcuterie, as well as dry additions like nuts and pretzels, small pieces of fruit like strawberries, and garnishes. Don't forget to Instagram your glamorous grazing efforts before guests dig in!

Add Pop Rocks to cocktails and mocktails

If you were asked to name one ingredient for a chic New Year's Eve party, you probably wouldn't say Pop Rocks. But these sugary popping candy bits are colorful and fun, and they add some pizazz when they're used around the rim of a cocktail. Not only do they add a surprise fizz, they look like sparkling jewels. Queen Bee Mixology offers a recipe for a watermelon martini. Add watermelon Pop Rocks to a martini glass by wetting the rim with corn syrup and pressing it into a plate of Pop Rocks. In a cocktail shaker, mix two ounces of vanilla vodka with some ice and an ounce of watermelon pucker. Shake, and strain the drink into your glass. Top it off with a couple of ounces of lemon lime soda. 

Another cocktail posted on YouTube uses green apple Pop Rocks and a mix of vodka, sour apple liqueur, and lemon juice — shaken and strained. 

Choose a cocktail to match your theme, and remember to give designated drivers and non-drinkers a mocktail with some Pop Rocks too. Many hosts forget to make alcohol-free drinks special, but it's worth taking the extra step to make the party festive for everyone.

Make your own edible gold leaf

The only issue you may have when it comes to adding some edible gold leaf to your New Year's Eve dishes is when to stop. It just looks so fabulously lavish and transforms simple desserts into works of art. Before you dive into how to use this precious ingredient, such as adding it deviled eggs to take them to the next level, you might want to try different ways of actually making it yourself. It's easy to do, and it will let you give more dishes the culinary Midas touch. 

Mix together a teaspoon of CMC, or Tylose powder, with a couple of tablespoons of water. Once the white has disappeared and it's the consistency of a gel, add in some edible luster powder. You can mix in different colors, such as gold luster dust with a bit of bronze and pink, to create a rose gold effect. Spread it out on a silicon mat evenly, and spray with some bronze luster dust if you want some extra shimmer. Leave it to dry and set overnight. Then peel the leaf off the mat after lifting up a corner (via TikTok). 

To try another TikTok technique, mix lemon juice with edible gold glitter, and spread it out on a baking sheet. Leave in a heated oven that's been turned off until it sets into gold leaf. 

Craft festive ice buckets

Got some tinsel left over from Christmas? Use it to make your own festive ice bucket. Being creative with a shiny table centerpiece that helps keep your bubbles chilled too is a win-win. It's celebratory, imaginative, and a great talking point as well. In an instructional video on TikTok, snake tinsel and foil confetti-style decorations around the inside of a bucket. Add water and press another bucket inside, so the mix is channeled up far enough to create an ice bucket-size shape. Freeze and remove the buckets, so you've got a chiller for your wine and bubbly with tinsel and color poking through not only on the outside but also on the inside and on the top edge as well. Fill with ice cubes and a bottle of something good to ring in the new year.

A quicker — and definitely easier — way to add touch of glamour to the table is to add a sparkling diamond-style trim to the top of an ice bucket. Just peel off the back of the trim as you stick it around the upper edge. Add it to a mirrored tray, and pop in a string of pearls and some large decorative jewels for some extra shine. A bottle of fizz adds the finishing touch.

Create homemade Prosecco 'caviar'

The ultimate luxurious dish to enjoy on New Year's Eve has to be caviar. It instantly evokes a sense of extravagance and finery. However, fish eggs could well be off the menu — maybe because they're out of your budget or perhaps because you don't think enough of your guests will appreciate this delicacy. It's a shame because piled up and glistening, they look so wonderfully rich and luxurious. However, that doesn't mean you can't create your own caviar-style balls that are less salty. Try a sweeter, fizzier version using some Italian prosecco instead with this TikTok tip.

In a saucepan, mix a small bottle of fizz with a spoonful of agar-agar. Whisk them together, and continue whisking as you heat. Boil for two minutes before pouring into a glass jug. Let the mixture cool slightly, to around 240 degrees Fahrenheit, and add the still-hot liquid to a plastic squeezy bottle with a nozzle lid. Chill some vegetable oil in a glass, filled about halfway. Squeeze droplets of your bubbly mix into the cool oil, making sure you move the bottle around in a circle as you do so. The droplets will make little jelly-like balls. Strain and rinse. Then pat dry with a kitchen towel. Serve as part of an appetizer, and enjoy a New Year's Eve like never before.

Offer bowls of white chocolate and rum popcorn

Before you turn your nose up at the suggestion of serving popcorn at a fancy New Year's Eve party, remember that you can transform even the most ordinary of snacks with the right ingredients. Think of this as a culinary glow-up. Add in some alcohol and chocolate to the popcorn mix, and you've got a deliciously decadent party snack for New Year's Eve. Guests can grab from bowlfuls of these sweet treats all night and into the early hours — if you make enough that is. Try this suggestion from Perspective Portions out for yourself.

If you're planning on keeping the drinks flowing and are less focused on providing a full menu at your New Year's Eve get-together, then this glammed-up version of an all-American favorite really fits the occasion. It's pretty simple to make too, which is a treat for any host frazzled by all the festive stress of entertaining. Melt some white chocolate, or another type if you prefer. Stir in a shot of rum, and drizzle the concoction over freshly cooked popcorn. You could also use the variety that comes in a bag. Add sprinkles or some gold sanding sugar. Leave out on parchment paper for a couple of hours before serving so the chocolate sets, and let this snack work its holiday magic on your New Year's Eve guests.