2020 was definitely a year unlike any other. I am not really a fan of the "new normal". Like many of you, I am anxiously hopeful 2021 can bring us back to life as we've known it prior to COVID. To have a little fun with a 2021 New Year's theme, I decided to host an alcohol inspired - Finally '21 -- dinner party. Taking it back to when we were excited to be turning 21 and legally able to drink, but without the nasty hangover aspect of it all!
As usual, I had a bit of fun designing wine labels for my mini bottles of red and white wine. For one of them, I played off the popularity of alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer in 2020 and how they were/are so hard to find in stores. The tag read "2020 Taught Us Alcohol Kills Germs" inside of a wine glass. I used the same alcohol bottle background as my invitation.
For the second wine label, I used the phrase: 2021 Forecast: 100% Chance of Wine. Wine/alcohol consumption were definitely up in 2020 as people worked from home and were doing less driving. With California still in quarantine for 2021 so far, I guarantee there is a 100% chance of wine in my future!
Menu: Turning 21 is a time when many try out various alcohols and have not yet settled on their likes/dislikes yet. I wanted my menu to reflect this same variety. There are definitely a lot of dishes that can be made with alcohol, so I picked a few to make for our dinner party.
The main dish was Chicken au Champagne. This is a tasty, fairly easy recipe to make. I used an inexpensive bottle of brut and chicken thighs. The thighs I found were skinless and boneless, but the recipes calls for skin on. I may have to try it that way the next time I make this just to see if there is any difference in taste. Along with the chicken, I served Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots. These were also simple to make. I couldn't really taste the alcohol on these (which is honestly great since I am not a big bourbon fan!)
I made Beer Bread to serve with the meal. I couldn't find a mix at the grocery store, so I just looked up a recipe and made it myself. Everyone enjoyed the bread. I liked it, but felt it definitely needed butter spread on it to really make it great. It was super simple to make, so that was good too.
For dessert, I chose to make a Baileys Oreo Tart. This was easy to make and also tasty. I made the crust the night before and finished the rest the morning of the party. Baileys is a strong flavor, but it was not overpowering in the dessert which was nice. I would make this again. As you can tell from the photo, I am not a professional photographer (or chef), so they don't look great, but they tasted good!
I made a simple tag to go on the top of the dessert container as well.
Favor: For a parting gift (and to use with their wine bottles when they brought their meal home), I made these cute wine glasses. I used my Cricut to cut out the phrase Sip Sip Hooray for 2021 on gold vinyl. The craft store I went to did not have a ton of choices for gold vinyl (and I wanted gold), so I ended up purchasing a foil vinyl with matte finish. It looked really cute, but I am not sure how it will stand up with washings, etc. I wish I could have found a permanent vinyl.