Planning a New Year's Day party? Here's how we throw our annual New Year's Day Pajama Party, complete with a waffle bar!
Every year, my husband and I host an annual New Year's Day Pajama Party. It's always loads of fun to celebrate the fresh start of a new year with good friends and family. And, of course, with good food!
If you're thinking about hosting a New Year's Day party, here's how we did ours this past year.
New Year's Day Pajama Party
In addition to lots of water carafes everywhere (to help those who may have imbibed the night before), we also set out other beverages.
We had a huge container full of mimosas. This is so much easier than making individual mimosas for everyone!
We also had beer growlers offering a variety of beers.
Finally, we offered some red, white, and sparkling wine.
Our main table was packed with food.
- Classic Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar
- Avocado Corn Salad
- Soft Almond Cookies
- large meat & cheese, veggie and fruit trays
- Honey Bourbon Meatballs (my favorite!).
Plus, guests brought some delicious eats. One guest brought Christmas Crack (Averie Cooks has a great recipe for it)! Another brought Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and a tasty tayberry & cream cheese croissant. Nobody goes home hungry from my house!
We keep it casual, kid-friendly, and open house style. This way people can stop by anytime during a four-hour period of time.
Pajamas are welcome, as are party dresses from the night before (we don't judge). However, I am noticing as we all get older that fewer friends are actually arriving in pajamas. . . I might have to just change the theme next year.
One of my favorite things from our New Year's Day party was the waffle bar we set up. It was SO easy, and so much fun. Great for kids and grown-ups alike!
Our Breakfast Waffle Bar
I originally had the idea of having some batter pre-mixed and ready for guests to choose add-ins, and then they would make their own waffles.
However, we decided to pre-make the waffles ourselves. Then guests can simply choose their own toppings. It turned out to work really well, but I think the original idea would work if you have a small group.
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The Chef's Choice Classic 4-Square WafflePro does exactly what it looks like it does. It makes four square waffles at a time. And, it couldn't be any easier. Simply mix your batter of choice (I love Bob's Red Mill GlutenFree Pancake Mix), pour about one cup into the center of the waffle maker, close the lid, and then wait!
We like the "Crisp Texture, Moist Interior" setting, which gives you waffles with a nice slightly crispy outside and softer inside. This setting takes about 4-5 minutes. You'll hear a beep when it's done.
We were able to make so many waffles in a short amount of time thanks to this waffle maker!
Waffle Bar Toppings
Next to the waffles, we set out bowls filled with various toppings. These included:
- whipped cream
- mini chocolate chips
- fresh bacon crumbles
- maple syrup
Other topping ideas:
Tips for hosting a waffle bar
- Cut the butter into small thin squares to make it easy for guests to serve themselves.
- If you have guests with food allergies or sensitivities, consider setting out labels to let them know which items might be gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, etc.
- Have a small batch of pre-mixed waffle batter ready to go, in case guests go through all of the waffles you made.
- Have a bar towel on hand right next to the batter to help quickly clean up any batter spills.
- Waffle makers can get pretty hot quickly. Be sure to keep them on a counter high enough away from little kid hands.
The waffle bar was definitely a wonderful addition to our annual New Year's Day party. I would highly recommend it for small brunch gatherings or baby showers, birthdays, even bridal luncheons. It was a great way to start the new year!
What would you include in your waffle bar?