New Year's Eve Dinner at Home Party Ideas

The New Year’s Eve Supper that Can’t Fail to Impress

Have you noticed that since becoming parents you spend your time cooking easy, healthy family meals? When there are kids in the house ‘kid friendly recipes‘ and ‘30 minute dinners‘ become our catch phrases.

So why not see out the year by remembering the days of old, when you would invite friends over for a sophisticated adults-only dinner party!

Throw the kids a countdown to noon party during the day on New Year’s Eve, so they get to celebrate too, and then parcel them off to bed and have your friends over for dinner.

And to make it as simple and stress free as possible we’ve pulled together everything you need for a New Year’s Eve Supper that can’t fail to impress.

This New Year's Eve Dinner menu cannot fail to impress your guests!

The New Year Tablescape

Since New Year’s Eve is celebrating the passage of time from the old year into the new how about a clock theme for your supper?

LOVE these black and white New Year Eve Party ideas!

LOVING this drinks bar - perfect for our New Year

Oh and I love this little help yourself mini bar drinks cart because it’s perfect for mixing up some pre-dinner cocktails!

Libbey 9-Piece Cool Cocktails Mixologist SetLibbey 9-Piece Cool Cocktails Mixologist Set

The Supper Menu

And now it’s time for the supper itself, which is as impressive as the tablescape.

Oh my! These mushroom souffles are perfect for our New Year

Invite your guests to the table to enjoy a delicious mushroom souffle to get the evening off to a great start.

This Cornish Venison looks DELICIOUS and the perfect way to welcome in the New Year!

For your main course serve this Jamie Oliver recipe for wonderful Cornish Venison with Squash and Chestnut Caponata. Think traditional Italian with a Cornish twist! We’ve got the recipe in full at the bottom of this page.

Oh my this Espresso Panna Cotta looks DELICIOUS!

Then finish up the meal with this delicious Espresso Panna Cotta.

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After Supper Clean Up

At the end of a wonderful evening, especially one that ends after midnight, it’s all too easy to just close the door on the mess and go up to bed. But if you follow our after supper clean up steps you’ll be able to come downstairs to an organised kitchen in the morning. And it really doesn’t take all that long!

Enjoy a Breakfast Casserole

Whether your guests stay over, or it’s just you and the kids in the morning check out our make ahead breakfast casseroles for the perfect way to start the New Year.

Jamie Oliver’s Cornish Venison with Squash and Chestnut Caponata Recipe

800g venison loin
1 teaspoon juniper berries
(freshly ground)
1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
(freshly ground)

4 tablespoons of ‘good’ oil
1 red onion (sliced)
1 fennel (sliced)
1 teaspoon dried chilli
2 celery stalks (sliced)
200g chestnuts (choose the pre-cooked option)
250g cherry tomatoes
1 medium Crown Prince squash (peeled, diced and roasted)
125g dried cranberries (steeped in balsamic vinegar for at least 2 hours)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
A small pinch of cinnamon
Salt and pepper

METHOD: Rub the venison loin with the black pepper and juniper. Leave to marinade for at least a couple of hours (overnight is better).

In a hot pan add the oil, red onion, fennel, dried chilli, celery and chestnuts and sauté until golden. Add cherry tomatoes, the roasted squash, thyme and cinnamon, then let it cook out for another five minutes or so and season to taste.

While the caponata is cooking char-grill your venison on a high heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Remember venison has almost no fat so cooking it more than medium rare will dry it out.

To serve, slice the venison and place on top of your caponata, pour over the pan juices and drizzle with good olive oil.

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