It’s the day before New Year’s Eve, and your social calendar is totally empty. So what’s the best way to orchestrate a last-minute celebration with your besties that’s sure to impress? We have you covered for a no fuss NYE party, complete with appetizers and drinks to celebrate 2017 in style. Get party-ready with quick, simple recipes for Caprese Skewers and Cranberry Sparkler Mocktails courtesy of blogger Erin Parker of The Speckled Palate. These easy, last-minute ideas will start the party off right and leave you stress free, just in time to ring in the new year!


Caprese Skewers

Makes ~54 skewers

  • 1 lb. red grape tomatoes
  • 18 mini mozzarella balls
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil
  • 1 loaf crusty Ciabatta bread


  1. Cut the Ciabatta bread into bite-sized pieces. Use only pieces that have crust to anchor skewers.
  2. Wash and dry the grape tomatoes.
  3. Unwrap the mozzarella balls. Cut each ball in three pieces.
  4. Wash and separate the basil leaves. Pat dry.
  5. Prepare the skewers: Using a long, decorative toothpick, skewer the basil, mozzarella, tomato and bread, in that order.
  6. Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate until time to serve.



Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail

  • 1¾ cups fresh cranberries (plus more for garnish)
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • ¾ cup white grape juice
  • Club soda, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale


  1. Measure in the cranberries and maple syrup into the blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in the white grape juice and blend until well combined.
  3. Measure six tablespoons of the cranberry base into the glass of your choosing, then top with club soda, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
  4. Enjoy chilled!