New Year's cocktails champaign being poured into glass

It comes around so fast doesn't it? I may not be ready for the change of year, but I am ready to celebrate it, because I've my party planned down to the tablecloth... which will probably have to be plastic.

New Year is a great time to let you hair down and enjoy one last party before the relative (or sometimes total) sobriety of January. So you want to make sure that you have fun and don’t spend the whole time pouring drinks and running to and from the oven every time the sausage rolls think they’re done.

So between Jamie and our lovely writer Ren we’ve got all the food sorted in advance with their articles on finger food and ideas to prepare in advance. Now I just need to sort out the drinks. As a beer lover there will be plenty of that in the fridge (make sure it gets a few hours in there to really cool down) but I’ve learnt the hard way that not everyone wants the latest Belgian-style single-hopped tripel made with Champagne yeast, so I’ve got some bellini purées lined up for when friends arrive (hopefully they are bringing the Prosecco!), a simple stunning berry and rosemary gin fizz for when people are in the party mood and, if it gets that far, Bloody Marys (with bacon garnish!) for the morning.

There’s something for everyone – even the designated drivers. Happy New Year all!