Welcome a New Year with Sweets and Smiles!

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Hello, everyone! I hope all of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day, full of all the best things in life, and a few presents, too. As much as I hate to see Christmas leave, there is another very exciting holiday right on its heels that deserves its due attention, and that holiday is New Year’s!

To be honest, I don’t love New Year’s as much as Christmas, and I certainly don’t love it as much as Halloween. However, as I get older I have come to have a new appreciation for this day of celebration; this time that ushers in a brand new year with noisemakers, champagne, laughs, and yes, kisses! A lesson my mother taught me that I’ll never forget goes something like this: “It isn’t fun getting old, but it sure beats the alternative.” A new year reminds me that as long as I’m still alive, just about anything I’ve ever wanted to do is possible. And that is something worth baking for!

When I set out on my search for New Year’s desserts, I really wasn’t sure what I’d find. There are expected treats for most holidays, but I couldn’t think of one thing that screamed ‘New Year’s!’ Well, that’s because there isn’t one thing – there are many! I found so many unique, awe-inspiring New Year’s desserts, perfect for taking to a party or sharing with a few special friends at home. And rather than choose a favorite, I made a Top 5 of sorts, in no particular order. I’m not sure which I’ll be making yet, but at least I have a narrowed-down lineup! Which of the below sounds best to you? Please share in the comments! 🙂

Ball Drop Cupcakes – Be sure to read her hilarious list of resolutions!
Rice Krispies Treats Party Hat – A good one for the kiddos to help with
Edible Party Horns – Yet another awesome idea from this wonderful blog
New Year’s Eve Petit Fours – These would make an elegant splash at a formal get-together
Sparkler Desserts – OK, this one might be the easiest. (You can even buy a cake or cupcakes at the store or bakery, but shhh.) What makes it special is the sparklers! Yep, the 4th of July kind. Oh yeah!

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