(BPT) - New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, and that means people are finalizing how they plan to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight. This year, the original “Extra Old” Cognac brand, Hennessy, invites you to take advantage of one of life’s luxuries and host an intimate and original New Year’s Eve soiree.

From a well-stocked bar cart to the perfect New Year’s toast, check out check out these five tips to create an elegant and unique evening your friends and family won’t forget!

1. Set the mood:

Curating an original playlist is essential for any party! Whether you make the night a series of throwbacks or today’s hits to keep it more modern, make sure the music is low-key so it doesn’t interfere with conversations. Make it loud enough so it is still recognizable and fun!

2. Elevate your drink cart:

Adding select luxury items to your bar cart can go a long way when decorating your home for the evening. Place decorated napkins, glassware, unique bar tools, and an eye-catching bottle to make the cart truly pop. Try adding Hennessy X.O, the original “Extra Old” Cognac, which is currently available in an elegant limited edition holiday gift pack. The package is housed in metallic layers of silver and gold and comes with two glasses, which will really catch your guests’ attention and is perfectly themed for the year’s most festive holiday!

3. Complement with small bites:

Make sure to have a few hors d’oeuvres for guests that will complement their cocktails! Spirits come alive even further when paired with both savory and sweet foods, especially if you are serving Cognac. Pair X.O Cognac with blue cheese to bring out its floral and sweeter notes. The cream in the cheese softens the flavors of X.O, making the Cognac velvety and round. You can also pair X.O with assorted chocolates to treat your guests’ palates to an even richer flavor profile that complements the oak and clove notes in Cognac.

4. Creating conversation:

The living room in your home is the place for conversation during a holiday gathering, especially around the coffee table. There’s no better way to create conversation than over coffee table books for guests to read and observe while enjoying a few cocktails. There are a variety of books you can purchase for New Year’s Eve. Keep an eye out for Hennessy’s latest book, “Hennessy: A Toast to the World’s Preeminent Spirit” by Glenn O’Brien, available February 14th.

5. An “Original” midnight toast:

A toast at midnight with a touch of originality is the most important moment at your gathering. This is the moment where you can thank your loved ones for being a part of the joyous occasion, and add personal anecdotes to make them feel appreciated as they enter the New Year. Take your toast to the next level by serving X.O over ice for a multi-sensory tasting experience as the clock strikes twelve!

For more information visit Hennessy.com.

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