Don’t fight traffic, crowds and inflated prices on champagne toasts this New Year’s Eve. Host your own end-of-year celebration at home. Here are some tips and ideas. And, remember, Celebrate Responsibly.

Champagne & Sparkling Wine Picks

Value – Korbel California Sparkling Wine

Choice – Gloria Ferrer

Splurge – Taittinger Brut La Francais

Wild Card – Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque

Video tutorial: How to Open Champagne. Click to view!

Undo the cork cage.  Hold the cork firmly between your thumb and index finger and turn the bottle, not the cork, toward you.

Easy Apps

A piping bag is one of the easiest, yet most important, kitchen tools available when it comes to entertaining. It helps you create amazing-looking appetizers and desserts, even if they are pre-made. In fact, the Phylo cups and brownies, in the photos below, were pre-made. To create these designs we used the Star Tip with our piping bagClick here to read our food blog featuring these recipes!

There’s no reason to drive a vehicle this time of year if you’ve been celebrating.  Here are some folks who’ll take care of that:

Little Rock Yellow Cab: 501-222-2222 (if you can’t remember that number you shouldn’t be operating a phone) 

Ken’s Cab Co: 501-515-0462

Uber – install the app (here) before you start celebrating, it’s easy and dependable.