10 Tips for Going All Out on a New Year’s Eve In
Here’s to hosting a fabulous New Year’s Eve from the comfort of your living room. Pop open a bottle of bubbly, build a wow-worthy cheese board and serve up caviar (yes, caviar!) while you bid farewell to a year that’s been anything but normal. Best of all, you can even do it while wearing your PJs. From essential time-savers to easy ways to elevate your food, we’ve gathered our best tips to help you welcome 2021 from home. Cheers!
1. Plan ahead.
One way to avoid last-minute chaos? Plan your menu, create a shopping list and knock out your grocery trip as early as possible. Use our handy Servings Calculator to figure out exactly how many hors d’oeuvres and bottles of wine you’ll need to buy for your evening.
2. Have bubbles, of course.
What’s New Year’s Eve without the sparkling wine? Fortunately, our team of wine experts have handpicked their holiday favorites in our stores for all your toasting needs. Stop by our Wine department to stock up on our top-notch selection of sparkling wines from Champagne to prosecco to brut rosé Cava.
3. Serve shrimp cocktail …
Treat yourself to an effortlessly fancy appetizer — shrimp cocktail. All you need is fresh, cooked shrimp from our Seafood department, a small glass bowl, ice, lemon wedges and cocktail sauce. Enjoy with a glass of sparkling wine, the perfect palate cleanser for tart cocktail sauce and subtly sweet shrimp. Need to stock up?
4. … and caviar.
This year, you’re going to have caviar (because you deserve it). This briny, salt-cured fish roe is a true delicacy, plus it’s easier to assemble than you’d expect. Once you’re comfortable with it, take it up a notch with Homemade Root Veggie Chips with Caviar. Check out our Unpretentious Guide to Caviar to learn the basics then stop by your store to check out our selection.
5. Build the best cheese board — ever.
For something impressive yet easy, assemble a stunning cheese board loaded up with creamy, nutty, tangy and buttery picks from our stores. If you need advice on pairings and accoutrements, ask one of our Certified Cheese Professionals or cheesemongers for help. For more board-building ideas, check out How to Build the Best Cheese Board.
6. Eat cake!
Usher in a new — and sweeter — year with a decadent cake. Save yourself the time (and the mess) by ordering one of our bakery-fresh options, like whimsical Cookie Butter Apple Cake or luscious Gâteau Basque Cake. Just reserve your cake online and schedule a time for pickup at your local store.
7. Let nice dishes do the heavy lifting.
One of the simplest things you can do to elevate your night is break out your best bowls and platters. Beautiful serving bowls and plates are a low lift way to make simple snacks and appetizers feel special.
8. Pickup fresh flowers.
Bright, cheery flowers that can instantly add color and life to your evening. Visit the Floral department in your store to browse our selection of organic, locally grown, Whole Trade and more flowers. Want to make your own beautiful arrangement? Learn How to Arrange Flowers at Home from our Global Flower Buyers.
9. Toast to the new year — virtually.
Not able to spend New Year’s Eve, with family and friends in person? You can still join in on the festivities from your laptop, tablet or smartphone. As you’re waiting for the clock to strike midnight, turn it into a fun occasion and host a virtual wine tasting. Plan to stock the same bottles of sparkling, red, white or rosé wines from our Wine department — then sip your way through them while you exchange tasting notes.
10. Forget something? Get it delivered.
It’s New Year’s Eve, and you’ve got everything in place. Then you remember those crackers you were supposed to have for your cheese board. No worries! Prime members can order from Whole Foods Market on Amazon.com and get free delivery** — even on New Year’s Eve.
*U.S. only. While supplies last. Quantities limited. No rain checks except where required by law. Limitations: Wines - Valid 12/25 – 12/31/20 for select wines as marked in-store or online on Whole Foods Market on Amazon.com, assortment varies by location, final price as marked, sale prices not legally available in all stores or online, may not be combined with case discounts where prohibited by law, must be 21+, please drink responsibly; Shrimp - Valid 12/25 – 12/31/20, excludes platters, shrimp rings, shrimp cocktail, marinated or seasoned, and all shrimp items outside of Seafood department, limit 10 lbs per customer, must be Prime member to receive offer; Caviar - Valid 12/16/20 – 1/5/21, limit 20 units per customer.
**Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.