New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite days of the year.
It’s one of the few days I let my kids go ham on desserts. Instead of just making desserts, this year I decided to put together a festive sparkly New Year’s Eve inspired dessert table. All of the sweets cost just under $11.
I started by using things I already had on hand. For the decorative table covering, I used some wrapping paper I bought on clearance after Christmas last year.
Then I grabbed some sparkly Christmas tree ornaments. These cost me nothing in addition to what I originally paid for them a few years ago. I suggest using inexpensive ornaments from the dollar tree to embellish your table.
I did have to buy the ingredients for these sparkly smore’s and they were pretty much the most expensive thing I had to buy. The cookies were $3.19, the marshmallow $2 and the chocolate $2.89. The silver edible sprinkles were leftover from when I made these Sparkly Ice Cream bars.
The great thing about these desserts are that they can be made a few days ahead. I usually make everything a day or two in advance and store them in different sized air tight containers.
I love entertaining, but don’t like being tied to the kitchen trying to prepare and elaborate spread so I utilize some pre-cooked and convenience items. Instead of making everything from scratch, I baked the cupcakes, but I used store bought frosting. You could just as easily use store bought cupcakes. The store versions look just as good as anything you can make at home.
To dress up my cupcakes, I made some sparkly cupcake toppers. I’ll show you how easy it was in my next post. That little bit of sparkle paired with the silver sprinkles gives the cupcakes a gourmet feel.
I didn’t want to overwhelm the table with sparkly cake toppers, so I added glitter and marshmallows to some of the cupcakes.
Cupcakes can get messy for little kids, so I placed some inside mini tasting bowls
to catch crumbs.
Instead of using boring plastic forks, I added a bit of bling to make them fit the table decor. Don’t be scared to think outside the box and be creative. Embellished utensils like these sell for $12.99 and up. You can easily make your own for much cheaper.
I love using fresh flowers when entertaining, but I didn’t have any, so I opted for some artificial ones. You can use real high end artificial flowers or one from the dollar store. These are from the dollar store. Again…a really frugal decor idea.
To keep my cost low, I made these simple jello jigglers. Once they were set, I used a star shaped cookie cutter and sprinkled some silver sprinkles on top.
The jello jigglers are very low in sugar since they’re made with 100% apple juice.
So just to recap, the total spent for this tablescape was $11 and I saved money by using things I already had around the house like wrapping paper, Christmas tree ornaments and fake flowers.