get the word on curating a spread for the new year

The last week of December is often a hazy, food-filled daydream. Nobody is quite sure of the actual date, and we’re usually only aware of the time because of shared meals with loved ones. Still, the holidays are not over until the midnight countdown on New Year’s Eve, so don’t put away the champagne flutes just yet.

Rather than relying on our own culinary creativity, Front Range residents can take advantage of the area’s endless food service options. From customized cake centerpieces to take-out cocktail kits, residents can leave the heavy lifting to the pros and focus instead on having a joyous celebration. Below are our recommendations for creating a delicious New Year spread.

// charcuterie //

Perhaps it’s an appetizer, or maybe it’s the centerpiece — whatever way it’s presented, the charcuterie board is a classic, yet whimsical addition to the table. Personalization is key to a showstopping charcuterie board, so utilize a variety of vessels, platters and, of course, grocery items to craft the perfect drive-by snack tray.

Cured Boulder

By hand-picking a vast selection of cheeses, wines and charcuterie, Cured takes the guesswork out of preparing a high-quality board for any size party. Bonus: Cured also offers gift boxes (because no one wants to show up to the soiree empty-handed).

Wander + Graze

Creating boards that are both locally inspired and sustainable, Wander + Graze is the full-service stop for holiday hosting. For those keeping it quiet for New Year’s Eve, try out the Date Night Box option.

Cheese Meat Board

Like its name, Cheese Meat Board keeps the basics at the forefront with Euro-style pricing – meaning taxes and standard delivery is included in the cost. For a fun twist, order an assortment of Charcuterie Cones that afford guests a free hand (for a cocktail, perhaps?).

// drinks //

A New Year celebration is not complete without a countdown, eccentric photo props and the sounds of glasses clinking. From cocktails to mocktails and an endless variety of craft brews, Colorado is a hotspot for beverages that push the envelope.

Ironton Distillery

Located amongst all of the top breweries in RiNo, Ironton Distillery takes a proactive approach to at-home mixology with its very own line of cocktail kits. Not feeling crafty? Grab a few draft cocktails to-go in two sizes — a carafe is enough for 4-6 drinks.

Mythology Distillery

Founded by three Colorado natives with a love for travel and connecting with others, Mythology’s lineup of whiskey, gin and vodka selections are made to be shared around the table.

Upstart Kombucha

While a huge variety of alcohol-free spirits have been made available in recent years, kombucha has begun to share a spot in the draft lineup of craft breweries. Boulder’s own Upstart Kombucha is a tangy and tasty alternative to alcoholic beverages.

// sweets //

The end-of-year celebration — especially after a particularly challenging year — calls for a sweet indulgence. Boutique bakeries have made a home up and down the Front Range, offering a variety of baked goods for those with a sweet tooth. Some bakeries even offer gluten-free and dairy-free options.

The Dessert Stand

Started nearly a decade ago by two sisters, The Dessert Stand is known for their cookie and brownie party platters, as well as customized creations such as cakes and pies. If you can’t make it to their brick-and-mortar location, look out for their mobile truck aptly named “Short and Sweet.”

The Gluten Escape

Gluten-sensitive individuals are not the only ones that can enjoy baked goods from The Gluten Escape — this dedicated allergen-free haven offers sweet treats that are dairy, soy, tree nut and peanut free.

Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery

As the bakery side of Boulder’s famous Lucky’s Market, customers can expect the same quality and care they’ve come to know from this Boulder staple. Made fresh and in small batches, everything at Lucky’s Bakehouse is just as delicious as it is pretty.

// skip the spread //

Rather than fussing over which friend should handle hosting duties, Front Range residents have tons of options for late-night soirees beyond their own front doors. Find out what’s happening in your locale by visiting Boulder and Denver’s roundup of local events. Before heading out, be sure to refresh your knowledge of CDC guidelines for masking and social distancing.