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New Year's Eve Blog

ENTERTAINING ISH
Vodka Likes Cranberries More Than Turkey
Ladies (and gentlemen?) I present you with a new pink cocktail of epic proportions. The cranberry-lime sparkletini is sure to chip at the wall of inhibitions while tickling one's tongue into a euphoric bliss. (I'm not exaggerating, I swear!) 1 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, mottled 1/3 cup limeade concentrate 1/4 cup cranberry juice 1 cup vodka 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced into wheels 1 1/2 cup carbonated water Gold or silver fleck (optional; available from goldleafcompany.com) Mix everything except for the Gold fleck (if using) and carbonated water in a large pitcher and allow to marry in the refrigerator for at least two hours. After ingredients have married, strain and return to the pitcher. Then add the carbonated water and gold flecks. Pour into a martini or cocktail glass and serve.
ENTERTAINING ISH
Respect the Classics
The hot toddy is as essential to the winter holidays as eggnog or Santa Claus. It somehow manages to combine the best things of the season: rum, cinnamon, apples, and butter. Now that I have your attention, I present you a map to tradition. 2 or 3 ounces dark rum Twist lemon peel Stick cinnamon 2 cloves Sweet cider or water 1 tablespoon sweet butter Nutmeg

Warm a kettle by rinsing it with boiling hot water. After dumping the water pour in the rum and add lemon peel, cinnamon, and cloves. Then boil the cider/water and pour into the rum. Add the butter and stir everything together. Pour into a mug and grate some fresh nutmeg to garnish. Add sugar if desired.

KARDASHIANS NYE
Is That the Fourth Kardashian Sister?

The Kardashian sisters are notorious for their enviable party style and to-die-for wardrobes. And what better night to showcase both together than on New Year's Eve?

While we may not be getting paid thousands of dollars to host a party this year, we can still feel like a celebrity in a stellar yet affordable party dress. Here are some versions of our favorite party girls' frocks from last NYE - sister style!

All three Kardashians glittered and sparkled while popping bubbly at LAX last year. Luckily, sequins and shine are still in style for this holiday season, and there are plenty of options for a girl on a budget.

ENTERTAINING ISH
Mini Crab Cakes

One way to spice up an informal New Years Eve bash is to pass bite size dishes around for your guests to enjoy without ever having to put their drinks down. This simple crab cake dish is a great addition to any menu and quite easy to make. There is no excuse to deprive you or your friends from such a tasty bite! So, ring in the New Year with these mini crab cakes, you won’t be disappointed and neither will your guests.

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1 large egg

1/4 cup sour cream

FOOD + DRINK
Champagne Punch

If you are sick of vodka sodas and cosmos, this bubbly drink is the perfect solution to a boring drink crisis. You can make this for a girls night in or feature this as the “special” drink at a New Years Eve celebration. Your friends will love the fresh flavor and appreciate a more exciting drink. The best part is: you can make it the day before and then spend the evening of your party drinking the night away!

Ingredients

· 1/2 cup sugar

· 1/2 cup water

2010 NEW YEAR'S EVE
Bold By Night

New Year's Eve is the one night a year every girl can shed their shy skin and party like a rock star until the sun comes up. This year, this task has been made simple with H&M's "By Night" collection.

By Night is made up of 20 glamrock-ready pieces overflowing with flirty ruffles, animal print, sequins, studs, beaded embelleshments, lace and faux-leather.

So put on your night vision and head to H&M because the only thing this collection doesn't come with is a cocktail.

NEW YEAR'S EVE 2010
10...9...8 NYE Dresses For Under $100

While we're busy planning our perfect parody for this Halloween's festivities, we'll soon feel another headache coming on. Three words: New Year's Eve. And clearly the biggest question of all is, what to wear?

NYE is the one night of the year where the flashier and more ornate, the better. It can be tempting to splurge on an eye-catching dress because, hey, you need to be sure you're looking good enough to snatch a kiss when the ball drops.

RESOLUTIONS
Stop the New Years Resolutions

Think of every New Year's you have had since now. Bottle of champagne, plastic flute glass, counting down to a brand new year and midnight kisses, always promising yourself this year will be different. But New Year Resolutions are always broken.

Stop making those resolutions. You don’t need a new year to keep to those promises so, don’t waste your time. They will be forgotten in a few months anyway. Don’t set overconfident goals, just take more time this new year to laugh, drink and be merry.

A LIST PARTIES
Never Too Early To Plan

Put away the 'I won't be standing by that person' 2011 New Year's Eve glasses and grab that chilled glass of champagne. It's not even Halloween yet and already we got the big countdown on our minds.

It's never too late to start thinking where you will be when the clock strikes midnight. After all, the celebs are starting to book their appearances now. So stay tuned with Joonbug to find out where your favorites will be and places you might want to check out yourself.

NEW YEAR'S EVE
Hair Frosting

Struggling to find the perfect accessory to go with your LBD for NYE? This year, skip the neck and finger bling to give your locks a chance to shine.

Whether you plan on buying a brand new dress or just fishing your closet for an old classic - Berman's line of elegant crystal hair accessories are sure to glam up any New Year's outfit.

Visit www.loveberman.com to purchase your very own handmade hair piece in time for New Year's Eve!