Are boxes still stacked around the house and trash bags full of wrapping paper? The last thing you want to do is stress about planning what to make for New Year’s Eve. Great Plains Communications wants to help you out! We have looked to a couple of our cable channels, HGTV and the Cooking Channel for some of our favorite recipes and helpful tips when keeping foods at the right temperatures all night.
How to Make an Epic Meat and Cheese Spread
Let’s start with a classic – a meat and cheese board. While they are a crowd pleaser, they can be intimidating to make. In this video, HGTV breaks it down into almost a formula that is sure to result in a beautiful and delicious spread.
Coconut Shrimp Skewers
These skewers are quick to make and definitely not lacking in flavor. Plus, by adding the avocado dip to small glasses, it becomes portable for a more social setting. Make it even easier on yourself and buy some disposable cups, so your guests can toss them when they are finished. Less dishes = less stress!
How to Keep Party Food at the Right Temperature
It can be tough to keep certain foods cold or hot throughout the night. These tips from HGTV will include things like a heated brick and ice packs, things you probably already have around the house – simple yet effective.
3 Ways to Make Ornament Cocktails
Keep the holiday theme rolling with these festive drinks. Make them ahead of time and you get decorations and drinks all-in-one!
Great Plains Communications hopes everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration!
2017 is quickly coming to an end and Great Plains Communications wants to help you throw an amazing welcome party for 2018. Forget fighting the bitter cold weather that Old Man Winter seems to throw our way each New Year’s Eve and snuggle in with friends and family and our favorite party tips from cable channel, HGTV.
3 Easy Party Mix Recipes
It is always good to have some simple snacks you can place around the room for your guests as they arrive and settle in. With these three recipes, you will be sure to please the sweet, spicy, and salty cravings of the group.
3 No-Bake 5-Minute Appetizers
Sticking to easy access finger foods will allow guests to eat with drink in hand and continue to mingle around the room. With these quick no-bake and better yet, no-stress recipes there is no hassle of silverware or dirtying any dishes other than the ones you serve them in.
Champagne Jelly Shots
These champagne jelly shots are not only adorable, but they pack an additional surprise in the popping candy topper. Just add your favorite champagne, some agave syrup, and water to some plain gelatin and this party treat is sure to be a favorite. If you don’t want the popping candy, try adding your favorite fresh fruit pieces before chilling.
DIY Balloon Photo Booth Prop
Add a little extra fun to your party with this DIY balloon photo booth prop. You can truly make it specific to your style by changing up the colors of balloons, flowers and arrangement. As you can see in the video, they use PEX tubing and a connector for their base, but if you can’t find these items or just happen to have an extra hula hoop lying around it could easily be substituted in.
Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!
The year 2016 is coming to an end. As January 1, 2017 approaches, we reflect on where the past year has taken us and where we want to go in the year to come. Great Plains Communications has picked some of our favorite recipes from our cable channel, Food Network to help bring in the New Year.
Tortellini Skewers – Ree Drummond
This make-ahead dish is simple yet delicious. The tomato and mozzarella cheese pair nicely with the spinach tortellini and the pesto sauce pulls everything together for a light bite.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops – Giada De Laurentiis
This dish combines the fruitiness of sun dried tomatoes with the saltiness of prosciutto to accompany the delicate flavor of sea scallops. As Giada says in the video clip below, they are elegant enough for a dinner party and easy enough for just yourself.
How to Open a Champagne Bottle – Ted Allen
Always nervous to open the bottle of Champagne? With these tips from Ted Allen, you will be sure to have it chilled to the correct temperature to lower the pressure and keep control of the cork.
Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful New Year!
There always seems to be a special glimmer on New Year’s Eve, if it is the abundance of sequins adorning the festive attire or the idea of a fresh start in the new-year. Whatever it is that you are excited for, Great Plains Communications wants to help your evening shine a little brighter with these helpful tips from our cable channels, Food Network and HGTV.
Ever had to take cover when someone opened up a bottle of champagne? Or have you even put a dent in your wall from the explosive cork? Here is an easier and safer way to enjoy the bubbly adult beverage.
Pan-Fried Onion Dip
You can’t go wrong with finger-foods on New Year’s Eve. They allow people to mingle and ring in the new-year without the hassle of utensils and the mess of a full meal. Here is a simple Pan-Fried Onion Dip from the Food Network’s, Barefoot Contessa.
How to Assemble a Cheese Plate
To go along with our easy finger-food theme this New Year’s Eve, here are some easy tips for assembling a cheese plate from HGTV. Many people overthink the assortment, but here you see there is no reason to stress.