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MAKE IT SPECIAL: How to Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash Brought to You by GREY GOOSE® Vodka

When red plastic tumblers and paper party hats just won’t do, the world’s best tasting vodka, GREY GOOSE®, brings a little luxury into your life. Here’s how to class up your party repertoire—one smooth cocktail at a time.

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#1 GET PREPPED
Don’t wait until the countdown for an eleventh-hour dash to the deli for chips and something to toast at midnight. Like GREY GOOSE®’s discerning maître de chai, start prepping for the special evening a few days in advance. Stock the liquor cabinet and shop for hors d’oeuvres at your local farmers market, or someplace where you can handpick artisan cheeses, super-fresh crudités, and savory bits for a charcuterie platter.

#2 KEEP IT TIDY
Skip the gaudy decorations and tinsel; instead, tidy up your space and make it party-friendly by moving furniture so that people have room to stand and sit. Stash away clutter or anything that can break Serving “neat” doesn’t just apply to the clean, sippable finish of GREY GOOSE® vodka, which is filtered through Champagne limestone: You also should approach hosting with a refined and put-together space.

#3 LOOK GOOD
Even if your friends show up in jeans and heels, you are the host and should still play the part. Pick a look that’s dressed-up, tailored, and neat. It’s great if you can add a touch of sparkle, say, with a tie featuring gold accents or a distinctive piece of jewelry—but there doesn’t need to be glitter on the floor.

#4 “GLASS” UP YOUR ACT
Invest in some mid-quality champagne flutes and wine glasses—made of real glass—because nothing says college kegger like plastic cups. The right glass is the perfect way to fully appreciate the lush, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth notes of fine GREY GOOSE® vodka.

#5 STIR IT UP
A champagne toast on New Year’s Eve, where’s the element of surprise? Add color to your celebration and impress your guests with a flash of creativity. In lieu of standard-fare bubbly, serve up festive GREY GOOSE® Cranberry Sparklers. Made in Cognac, France, GREY GOOSE® vodka benefits from the region's rich history of meticulously crafted spirits.
GREY GOOSE® Cranberry Sparkler
This festive cocktail sparkles with GREY GOOSE® Vodka and a bright splash of cranberry juice.
1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka or GREY GOOSE®
La Poire Flavored Vodka
1 1/2 parts club soda
1 1/2 parts cranberry juice
In a chilled rocks glass filled with ice, add GREY GOOSE®. Top with club soda, and add a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with cranberries on a cocktail pick or a lime wedge.

#6 MASTER THE TOAST
As the evening’s MC, you’ll be in charge of the countdown. Instead of gathering around the television, use your moment in the spotlight to showcase your skills as a gracious host. A few moments before midnight, deliver a short speech to thank your guests for coming and then wish them the best for the new year. Then start counting…10…9…8…

#7 BE BUBBLY
The key to any good party like any well-crafted cocktail is the subtle mix. Don’t be shy about introducing friends who haven’t met before, and as host, be sure to spend a few moments with each of your guests. Circulate around the room, bringing people together.

#8 SATISFYING FINISH
Keep the mood festive, but be sure not to over-serve your guests. Make sure you have a car service number handy for partygoers that might need a cab home.


HAPPY NEW YEAR! FROM GREY GOOSE®

ENJOY RESPONSIBLY
www.greygoose.com
©2010 GREY GOOSE, THE GREY GOOSE BOTTLE DESIGNS AND THE GEESE DEVICES ARE TRADEMARKS AND/OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS. IMPORTED BY GREY GOOSE IMPORTING COMPANY, CORAL GABLES, FL. VODKA 40 % ALC. BY VOL.; FLAVORED VODKAS EACH 40% ALC. BY VOL. - DISTILLED FROM GRAIN.

Please note that the content of this sponsored guide is provided by an nymag.com promotional partner and not by the nymag.com editorial team.


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