Holidays, New Year’s Eve Ideas

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?


This year we are hoping to celebrate early in the day watching the Tide play the Washington Huskies to get a slot in the National Championship game Jan. 9


I am wondering how I am going to combine glam with football…


I definitely want to serve something that can be set out in a 17 pattern like these Almond Spirals {recipe below}, a smaller version of my Almond Danish


I’m not shy about creating multi-themed events and tables


Maybe I’ll put party hats on elephants and fill champagne flutes with peanuts  πŸ˜‰

Alabama elephant glass

We might need a pop of Christmas too, as it is still the holiday season


New Year’s Eve must be full of gold and sparkle


and a touch of wow factor


white lights


gold magnolia leaves


and some Santa twinkle


Do you have a team playing over New Year’s weekend or a special party to attend?


Almond Spirals

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20


Almond Spirals

  • 1 can crescent roll dough or 1 crescent roll dough sheet
  • 3 oz. almond paste
  • 3 T unsalted butter softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Glaze:
  • 1 T almond extract or emulsion
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 T milk or cream

Buttery Almonds

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


Almond Spirals

  • Unroll dough and press perforations together to form one sheet of pastry.
  • Cream butter with almond paste and sugar making a smooth spread. Spread the mixture evenly over the dough sheet leaving a 1/4 inch border.
  • Roll dough as tightly as possible starting from the long side. Place roll seamside down on parchment and roll parchment around dough and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.
  • Unroll paper and slice dough into 1/2β€³ slices and arrange evenly on paper. Place the paper on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes or until spirals are golden and dough is cooked.
  • While spirals are baking, make glaze:


  • Mix powdered sugar with almond emulsion and 2 T milk or cream. Stir until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to reach a thick but pourable consistency.
  • Slide parchment with cooked pastries carefully off of the pan and drizzle immediately with almond glaze and sprinkle with almonds. Store covered at room temperature

Buttery Almonds

  • Melt butter in skillet. Add almonds, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until almonds begin to caramelize. Be careful they can burn quickly.
  • Immediately remove them to wax or parchment paper to cool. Store leftovers in a jar in the pantry and use for salads or other desserts.
Keyword almond danish, almonds, breakfast rolls, brunch, crescent roll dough, sweet rolls, tea snack

The almond spirals are made with crescent roll dough, spread with almond paste, butter and sugar, rolled into a log and cut into slices


Here are some more small bites that would make great 2017 designs

Rosemary Mixed Nuts Tartlettes

rosemary mixed nuts tartlettes 2

Ham & Cheese Spirals with Mustard Poppy Seed Butter

ham & swiss swirls with mustar poppy seed butter

Mushroom Pizza Poppers

mushroom pizza poppers

Artichoke Chicken Tartlettes

chicken, artichoke spinach tartlettes 3

Two Bite Cherry Pies

2 bite cherry pies

Italian Cannoli Cream Tarts

Italian Cream Tarts 2

Champagne Cupcakes with Chocolate Truffle


I hope you are enjoying your holidays!


🐘   ⭐️   πŸŽ†   πŸŽ‰   ⭐️   πŸŽ†   πŸŽ‰   🐘

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Tickle My TastebudsFull Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

Poofing the Pillows,  Get Your DIY On,    Your Inspired Design

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27 Responses to “Holidays, New Year’s Eve Ideas”
  1. I’d pork out on those ham and swiss spirals for breakfast! We’ll be watching the Eagles, enjoy your game Jenna:@)

  2. We’ll be watching the pros play on New Year’s Day, and maybe a few bowl games on Monday. Of course, that always means finger food, you have some great ideas!

  3. Lots of pretty sparkle — love the blue and white and those spirials look yummy!

    Happy New Year, Jenna! I hope your team wins!

  4. Love the sparkle and all the appetizers!!! Happy New Year!!!

  5. lulu says:

    OK, Jenna, where is the red as in Alabama red? Hopefully, you have a special drink to serve as you watch the Tide roll. Happy New Year, my friend.

  6. Karen says:

    We will be watching the pros play and you have lots of little tasty morsels that would be perfect for the occasion. Happy New Year.

  7. Deb says:

    Happy New Year Jenna! Your recipes looking amazing! We will be cross country skiing at our north woods cabin.

  8. Your creativity always amazes me! I love the elephant glasses and the food! All looks wonderful! Good luck to the Tide! Happy New Year!!

  9. Sandy B. says:

    We’ll be watching the same game but rooting for different teams πŸ™‚ Love your blog but for now must say…..Go Huskies!!!!
    Happy New Year.

  10. No chance of anyone not finding lots of goodies to eat at your house! It all looks delicious. We will be watching the game at our son’s and there will be plenty of Crimson and White to go around!
    RTR ………Happy New Year Jenna.

  11. We’ll be watching the game in Texas! Your treats are over the top!
    Go Bama!

  12. Wonderful party foods and Roll Tide…love Bama football!

  13. Everything looks so fun and festive, and those Almond Spirals look delicious. I just happen to have Almond paste in the pantry. Hmmm.

  14. Mary says:

    Love the idea of the party hats for elephants and peanuts or champagne in the glasses Jenna! We’ll be cheering on Clemson as the play Ohio State. Wishing you a sparkling New Year’s Eve victory and celebration! πŸ™‚

  15. No game watching for me, but I know you’ll have fun watching the Tide. I may go to an auction….or just be lazy. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year, Jenna!

  16. Helen Adams says:

    Great Ideas for the holiday parties and big games! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and best wishes for 2017!
    Miz Helen

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