Instead of the kitty litter suggested to hold candles, I’d get kosher salt. It looks a lot prettier & doesn’t have the “Ewww” factor.
I also cringe at the idea of spraying real fruit with gold spray paint. You won’t be able to eat that fruit afterwards because of the chemicals. If you want that look, why not spray paint some cheap artificial fruit? I think they would look good sprayed silver or white or glittered with clear glitter, etc. They could be saved to use year after year. Or paint real fruit with egg white & then cover in the large crystal sugar. I think it’s called baking sugar. You can wash that off late followed with a produce wash & still eat the fruit. Why waste good fruit? Click on the label “fruit centerpiece” below this post for more. Click on label “DIY produce wash” for an easy recipe.
I like the idea of serving a champagne cocktail for New Year’s Eve rather than straight champagne. The pomegranite seeds are a great touch. I also like the idea of raw veggies in little cups to carry around. Cute.
I love bruschetta for frugal, but gourmet, appetizers. Click on that label below this post for recipes. You could also make it a wine and cheese tasting party where each couple brings a wine & cheese pairing to sample. Click on that label below this post for tips. The Winter Wonderland Party label has tips for an inexpensive, but memorable party. Click on the label “fondue party” for another festive, but frugal, party idea.
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