Put the Celeb in Your Celebration: New Year’s Eve Party Plans
By Sara Hammel
Ali Larter: Go for Glamour—and Fun
The actress is perhaps best known for Heroes, and will star in the upcoming film Lovesick opposite Matt LeBlanc—but she’s also a skilled cook and a creative hostess. In her new book, Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus From My Home to Yours, Larter shares recipes and entertaining tips, including great holiday advice.
When it comes to her end-of-year celebration, Larter finds inspiration in Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Ball held at New York’s Plaza Hotel in 1966. Larter, 37, tells Epicurious, “Remember those iconic images of Frank Sinatra and Capote and Mia Farrow? This is a beautiful inspiration for an evening that’s really simple and can make a great night.”
To add a little mystique to the night, she says, “I put out different masks; even if people don’t wear them, it looks beautiful. I love a little glamour.” And they don’t have to be pricey. “You can buy these beautiful masks at less expensive stores for around $10.”
Larter’s other go-to for New Year’s Eve parties is to fill the room with candles. “Keep it simple with black and white, and let the colors come from the food.” The recipe for Winter Lettuces with Pomegranate Seeds from Larter’s own cookbook is a perfect example of the kind of colorful, eye-catching dishes she recommends.
Though she enjoys experimenting with food and decor, Larter advises against taking risks with your guest list. “Laughter is always key [and] inviting the right people is a big part of it,” says the actress and mom. “I like people with different jobs, different ages, but overall I like people to have a happy-go-lucky attitude. I’m not a perfectionist—I like to have a really good time.”