Champagne Time!

Today is the day I start singing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeeeear!’

You probably think I’m a bit late with that, but I love fresh starts, new beginnings, second chances, clean slates, do-overs, and all the things exactly like that!  The start of a new year refreshes and renews my goals in life.  You all set life goals every year, don’t you?  You really should—it’s fun!

I will be ringing in the new year with our Kansas friends, and then the very next morning, we’re officially moving to St Louis.  It seems fitting to spend the last day of 2013 with old friends, and start the new year in a new city.  Plus, hello easier taxes next year!

Normally, I’m a champagne-on-a-Tuesday kind of a gal.  You know this.  But, on New Year’s Eve, I get even more excited.  I infuse all of my desserts with champagne, too!

First up, champange sundaes with toasted pound cake croutons.
Any flavor of sorbet + your favorite bubbly = always a winning combination.  Here’s a little tip:  use store-bought pound cake for the easiest assembly.

Champagne Sundaes Dessert For Two


Next up:  champagne cupcakes for two.  This recipe only makes 4 cupcakes, so if you and your honey are spending New Year’s Eve at home, this is perfect for you.  The recipe only uses a glass of champagne—the rest is for you and your sweetie!


If you’re looking for a champagne punch recipe, you’re going to love my Champagne Sangria made with figs, orange zest, and plenty of warm spices.  Try substituting dried figs soaked in Cointreau for the fresh figs.  The recipe calls for a light red wine and a splash of Brut Rose (pink bubbles) before serving.  So impressive!

Fall Sangria -


And how about a little something icy?  I modified my Sangria Sorbet recipe to use pink champagne instead of the wine.  I love it love it LOVE IT.  I can’t get enough!


I feel like I have you where I want you:  all good and boozy.  You’re welcome.  Have a fantastic New Year’s Eve, friends!

Check out these other festive desserts for New Year’s Eve from around the internet:

Dry Rose Sorbet from How Sweet Eats.

Strawberry Champagne Cake from Country Cleaver.

Cranberry Croissant Bread Pudding with Champagne Sauce by Creative Culinary.

Stawberry Basil Champagne Sparklers by The Law Student’s Wife

Champagne Mousse from Sprinkle Bakes.

Wild Hibiscus Champagne Cocktails by Bell’alimento.

Champagne Cream Puffs by The Craving Chronicles

Chocolate Champagne Frosting by Frosting and a Smile

Dark Chocolate Cookies with Champagne Buttercream by i am baker.


  1. says

    Have a wonderful NYE, my dear! And good luck on the move out to St. Louis the next day! Perhaps keep an extra bottle of champagne or two around for mimosas in order to celebrate the big move (and avoid hangover?) :)

  2. says

    Christina, your perspectives on fresh starts made me excited about the New Year, too! Definitely something to toast. ;) Best wishes on your move and enjoy your bubbly!

  3. says

    Several months ago, one of my colleagues moved from Los Angeles to St Louis too.. All I know about St. Louis is from the movie “Meet me in St. Louis” and one of its songs in the same title by Judy Garland. So are you going to be working in the same kind of job there in Arg. Research? Are u moving there from Kansas? Oh BTW, nice post with photos of mouth watering food I wish I could make:)

  4. Laurie (FrostingAndASmile) says

    Thank you for including my Chocolate Champagne Frosting on the list with all of these wonderful recipes! They all look so good. Happy New Year!

  5. says

    Girl.. you are just the greatest. I can’t get over how amazing each and every one of these is! So elegant, but none of them is over-the-top with the prep and involvement.

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