Sparkly & Sweet: How to Throw a Champagne & Dessert Party to Remember
Cheers to a new year! Ring in 2022 with a fun, festive party starring sweet snacks and bottles of bubbly. It’s the perfect indulgence to top off a fabulous holiday season. Use our recipes and entertaining tips to start planning your celebration.
First things first: Stock your wine collection with some sparklers. Serving the same wine all night makes for simple entertaining. If you do that, you may choose an Italian Prosecco or a Spanish Cava, which are less expensive bubblies suitable for a crowd. Alternatively, offer a range of sparkling wines—think a crisp Champagne from France, a juicy Prosecco from Italy, and a soft sparkling Pinot Noir from California—and give guests the opportunity to taste their differences. Learn more about different styles of sparkling wines here.
If you like, make a batch of herb-infused simple syrup and combine with whatever bubbly you choose for a quick, easy sparkling cocktail.
While we love the idea of a Champagne and sweets celebration, you may want to have some savory hors d’oeuvres on hand, too. Serve finger foods such as savory puff pastry straws, chewy dates stuffed with parmesan and walnuts, caramelized onion and apple tarts. All will pair beautifully with the effervescent wines.
When it’s time for dessert, mix your favorite candies and chocolates with homemade treats. Light, elegant macarons, our peppermint bark, and classic chocolate bonbons make beautiful displays. Make it your own by baking mini chocolate angel food cakes and lemon tartlets as well—both are ideal for working ahead.
- Self-serve hors d’oeuvres allow for a creative and unexpected table arrangement. Stack plates and cocktail napkins toward the front of the table, place Champagne glasses on the side, and let the desserts steal the show.
- Use a variety of platters and serving pieces in different textures and finishes for interest. Colorful candies stand out in glass canisters, and a tiered stand ups the elegance of any bite-sized treats.
- Chilling Champagne on ice isn’t just functional—it also makes a beautiful presentation, especially in hammered stainless steel. To accommodate a few bottles at the same time, employ a large party bucket.
- Champagne flutes and coupes are the festive choice, but if you’re serious about bubbles or pouring a special bottle, consider serving it in stemmed white wine glasses; they are ideal for appreciating the aromas of sparkling wines.
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