The countdown is now well and truly on for Christmas, but spare a thought for New Year’s. If you’re hosting this year then this guide is for you, because we’ve rounded up all the must-haves for your celebrations. With sophistication in mind (as always), these are the essentials for your New Year’s Eve 2023 party.
His and Hers
To host, we must look and feel our best and with these scents you’ll feel nothing short of magnificent. The bold and glamorous Velvet Orchid is an oriental-floral fragrance for women. Designer Tom Ford has been at the helm of some of the world’s most prestigious fashion labels making this the perfect brand for a fragrance fit to see in the New Year.
For the gents, it has to be the brand on everyone’s wish-list. Hermes Terre D’Hermes is classic, yet contemporary, making it a perfect set for a brand lover. This is the classiest way to bow out of 2023 and boldly step into 2024.
What better way to introduce guests than with a delicious glass of bubbles? Our pick is this Asolo Prosecco – its pleasant and elegant flowery flavour is reminiscent of acacia flowers, fresh, dry and smooth on the palate, with an agreeably fruity and harmonious finish. This is excellent as an aperitif, and is also food friendly going well with dishes marinated in delicate aromatic herbs.
Cheese and Wine
Indulge your guests with an impressive cheese and wine pairing from Mouse & Grape. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, Mouse & Grape Hampers are thoughtfully assembled and beautifully presented. Each hamper overflows with mouth-watering cheeses, flawlessly paired with exceptional wines, and accompanied by a tantalising array of extras, including fruit jams and truffle honey. To ensure an extraordinary “at-home” cheese and wine experience, every hamper comes with detailed pairing notes and tasting instructions explaining why the pairings go together, making it a truly special, limited-edition experience.
Keep the wine flowing with this fine, silky red which has a medium-bodied palate, and is well-rounded with supple delicate tannins that sustain a lengthy savoury finish. The Antinori family has an established reputation as Italy’s finest winemakers. Known for its prestigious heritage and flavour excellence, the Villa Antinori wine captures the elegance and precision befitting your New Year celebrations.
The number one selling Crianza in Spain, this is bursting full of red fruits, liquorice, vanilla, toffee and a light toast – a real taste of Spain in a glass. To earn the designation Crianza, the wine must be aged for one year in barrel and another in bottle after being released. The red-fruit flavours make Cune Crianza ideal for tapas dishes such as lentil stew and Rioja style potatoes (patatas a la riojana). This fruity and mellow red also goes well with roast lamb or cured Manchego cheese.
Once your guests are fed and spirits are high, treat them to To’ak Chocolate – the brand behind the most expensive chocolate in the world. To’ak chocolate is sourced exclusively from cacao pods that match the morphological and colour profile of heirloom Nacional cacao referenced from DNA testing. As tree-to-bar chocolate makers, To’ak draws heavily from the techniques and tradition of both winemakers and whiskey distilleries. As with wine, the flavor characteristics of dark chocolate vary according to the soil and climate in which the cacao was grown. To’ak makes its chocolate to express the land and weather idiosyncrasies of each specific year. In the middle of each To’ak chocolate bar is a single-roasted cacao bean, which co-founders Carl and Jerry hand-select themselves. A truly unique tasting for all chocolate lovers.
Immerse yourself in the world of The Traitors – the show on everyone’s lips this year. With this 2023 Special Edition Card Game you have to outwit your fellow players and survive to the end in an ultimate test of trust and treachery. Secretly play the role of FAITHFUL or TRAITOR whilst working together to build up a central pot of gold. The Faithful must identify and banish the Traitors in their midst to win a share of the gold. The traitors must stay undetected until the end so that they can steal the prize fund.
Now it’s time to get into the spirit of the party. Don Papa Rum is a 7-year aged, small batch rum crafted on the island of Negros in the Philippines. Known for its rich flora, charming fauna and sugarcane cultivation, the captivating paradise has earned the nickname Sugarlandia. The enchanting oaky, apricot and cinnamon notes with a finish of vanilla and honey make Don Papa Rum the perfect backdrop for your festive feasting and partying.
Wow your guests with this beautifully presented limited edition bottle from St-Rémy. The world’s number one French brandy has unveiled its exclusive collaboration with celebrated French artist, Lucas Beaufort, which unites the worlds of fine spirits and urban artistry, and is sure to captivate collectors, art enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. Beaufort’s captivating bottle artwork was inspired by an extensive tasting and masterclass with Master Blender Cécile Roudaut, where he translated St-Rémy XO’s bold flavours of vanilla and wood, paired with the delicate notes of ripe fruits and honey into different shades of colours.
These vibrant canned cocktails and Party Boxes (cocktails-in-a-box) from The Drinks Bureau are this year’s essentials for New Year’s partying. The cocktails come in three delicious flavours: Spicy Margarita, Espresso Martini and Passion Fruit Martini. We especially love the Spicy Margarita – it’s sassy, sour and spicy; we’re sure your guests and you will love it.
The Morning After…
The revolutionary Scottish peat-smoked tomato juice is an innovative and delicious mixer for a twist on the classic Bloody Mary – a perfect cure for New Year’s Day. As the world’s only peat smoked tomato juice, Tongue In Peat has won multiple awards for its flavour and is hand-crafted with meticulous care by a team of dedicated artisans in the heart of Scotland. This results in a richer, deeper and more complex Bloody Mary mixer. Certainly not your average!