A Sparkling New Year’s Celebration and Mini Parfaits

Sparkling Mini Parfaits

We’re ushering in the New Year with Sparkling Mini Parfaits~ a festive and party size dessert~ easy to assemble and alter with your ingredients, making them as fancy or simple as you like!


My 2.5 ounce tasting glasses came from Pier 1 several years ago, but versions are readily available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, World Market and even T.J. Maxx & HomeGoods from time to time.


For quick assembly, I started with pound cake from the grocery store I cut in cubes, but you could use any flavor of cake or even cupcakes. Layer your cake of choice with lemon curd, custard or pudding, chocolate fudge or ganache, add some fruit if you like, top with whipped cream and some gold sparkling sugar!


The controversial silver dragées have been used for cake and cookie decoration for years and add a little festive sparkle of silver for New Year’s. I don’t use them on a regular basis so I wasn’t worried about the small quantity in the parfaits, but if you’re concerned, eliminate them and stick with sanding sugar in silver and gold instead.


And gold sparkling sugar is rimming

our toasting glasses in celebration!

I found mine on the cake decorating aisle of Michaels .



Add a sparkler in

celebration and light. . .



Wishing you a Sparkling Celebration

and Happy New Year!

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  42 comments for “A Sparkling New Year’s Celebration and Mini Parfaits

  1. December 31, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Looks like you’re having quite the celebration Mary, I love your fun platter with the gold and silver stars! Amazing that the silver candies could be controversial… I just think they look pretty! Happy New Year, I wish you all the best in 2014-enjoy:@)

  2. December 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Hi Mary, These are so beautiful and festive! I am making your chocolate cake shooters for our celebration but in my v-shaped mini glasses. Maybe I will add sparklers too! We used to eat those dragees all the time and I often wondered what was in them–the link was so interesting to me. Have a wonderful celebration and Happy New Year to you and your hubby and the furry girls! Linda

  3. December 31, 2013 at 7:08 am

    oooooo, SO PRETTY!! Makes me want to start the party right now!
    Happy 2014, Mary…may you create many, many more beautiful blog posts like this one!

  4. December 31, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Oh, I want to come to your house for New Years Eve! 😊 Everything is so beautiful! We don’t celebrate any more….but if we did, this would be how I’d do it…..love the touch of the sparkler!!

    Blessings and Happy New Years!


  5. December 31, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Oh they look so delicious and festive…your creations are always “the life of the party”….Happy New Year Mary!!

  6. Peggy Thal
    December 31, 2013 at 7:57 am

    So pretty and very Happy New Year. Wishing you a Happy 2014!

  7. December 31, 2013 at 8:09 am

    The parfaits look sparkly and irresistible, Mary. Cheers to you and Happy 2014!! xo

  8. December 31, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Beautiful, as always, Mary. Happy New Year to you and thank you for your daily dose of inspiration!

  9. December 31, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Wow, so very beautiful yummy and festive! Hugs and happy new year wishes!

  10. franki
    December 31, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Your goblets are a work of art! Wishing you a Healthy and Happy 2014!! franki

  11. Deb
    December 31, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Oh my goodness ~ Is there nothing left that doesn’t cause “drama”. I LOVE the silver dragees! How fun! They’re the best part! Love this.

  12. paula
    December 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Love these Mary !! Thank you for all your details of making and where you find the items. I love everything you share, and your talent is such a gift!
    Happy New Year to You and Yours :)

  13. December 31, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I will have to go read about the silver dragees but I think they MAKE your beautiful parfaits!!! Love the gold sugar on the glasses ans “here’s to you, Mary” for ALWAYS bringing us inspiration, beautifully presented! I can not imagine what you will come up with in 2014 but I am so looking forward to it all!!!! Happy New Year to you both!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO

  14. Tricia
    December 31, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Happy New Year to you! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for 2014. Keep creating and I’ll keep stealing/copying your ideas! I hope 2014 is a great year for you, and your dogs stay healthy so we can see them in more posts- I love it when you include them!

  15. December 31, 2013 at 9:57 am

    what i love best about this is that you have already celebrated to show us how to celebrate, then you get to do it again! my internet has been dumb downed at the end of the month, they meter my usage, i couldn’t get your blog to load yesterday, today they cut me off midsentence trying to share this. IF i get it back i will quickly paste and wish you a very happy news year, loved the festive shots, i have not seen a sparkler since i was 8, fireworks are illegal in most of ca with such high fire danger, only now did i know how sad i was about it when i see how cute desserts can be!

  16. December 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Lol, I just read some gal in CA has the dragees sent to her by a friend as they are illegal in CA. We haven’t had sparklers for years, illegal! Seriously, legalize marijuana, but ban these other things, CRAZY!
    Your parfaits look wonderful, very festive!
    Happy 2014!

  17. December 31, 2013 at 10:35 am

    These are so neat, Mary. One of my friends gave me a cute little set of mini compotes. :D

  18. December 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Mary, the mini parfaits are certainly festive. I love the sparkler addition. I’ve started using a sparkler for friends’ birthdays instead of candles. These days it takes too many candles. Ha!
    Have a wonderful New Year’s celebration. All the best for 2014 to you and your husband and Chloe and Gracie.

  19. December 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Happy New Year Mary , to you and your family. Here’s to more festive recipes and great table scapes.

  20. December 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    WOW these look great and so festive. Happy New Year!!!


  21. December 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I sure wish I could pop over for a parfait tonight, they are so elegant and festive! I swear, everything is such a controversy these days, those innocent silver dragees are just parfait perfection, and such a special fancy smanchy touch! I have really enjoyed visiting you all year Mary, you always brighten my day and make me smile! Love love love the sparkler! Happy New Year and don’t forget to wear your party hat!

  22. December 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Happy New Year Mary! Love your elegant parfaits.

  23. January 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Such great touch of sparkle…

  24. January 1, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I just adore all of your touches of sparkle!! Happy, Happy New Year Mary!! All the best to you and your family for the coming year and hugs to Chloe and Gracie. I cannot wait to see all the eye candy you have in store for us this year! Xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  25. Lady Delores LeBoeuf
    January 2, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Best of all wishes come true for you and yours…

  26. mrsben
    January 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Very festive! Love the idea of mini parfaits and rimming the toasting glasses with gold sparkle sugar. Regarding the dragées, ‘Kathleen’ makes an excellent point in her comment. (What next, the banning of silver or gold (confetti) almonds? ☺)

  27. January 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Happy New Year, Mary!

  28. January 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Everything is so festive! I love the sparklers. I will have to remember to set some aside this July 4. The gold sugar-rimmed glasses are so pretty.

  29. January 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Loved the sparklers in the mini parfaits. Your decorations look awesome! Stopping by from Foodie Friday.

  30. January 4, 2014 at 1:13 am

    What’s the controversy about the dragees? I hadn’t heard? Hmmm…I eat them straight out of the bottle! I have always loved them, especially on butter cookies at Christmas time. I’ll have to click on that link and see what all the hoopla is about. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s not going to stop me from eating them. I’m already half crazy, so what the heck? ;-)

    The parfaits are BEAUTIFUL!!! The way you displayed them is equally beautiful. I hope you had a wonderful closure to 2013!

  31. January 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Mary, you are always an inspiration! Beautiful table. So festive! Your photography is so well done. Happy 2014!

  32. January 9, 2014 at 1:20 am

    These are just beautiful!

  33. December 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Searching for ideas for NYE and came across this. Great parfaits!

  34. Cathy Farquhar
    January 2, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    So festive, great job. I must try the parfaits!

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