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Countdown Toast

Martha Stewart Living, January 2005

When you're waiting for midnight on New Year's Eve, pass Champagne in glasses marked with numbers representing those anticipated last ten seconds. Self-stick numbers, available in office- and art-supply stores, jazz up flutes for the occasion. On January 2, either peel off numbers (use a cotton ball and adhesive remover to wipe away residue) or save the flutes for next year.


Comments (4)

  • ApplePie86 28 Oct, 2008

    Actually you make a wish with every grape you take, so you have 12 wishes one for each month of the upcoming year. It's better to write down the wishes first though, 'cause you get so excited and confused trying to eat all the grapes that you forget to ask for the 9th wish or wish for the same thing over and over again! A small piece of papper in your hand will do. I keep those pieces and the following yearI take it out and remember what I wished for and what came true!

  • sarahberetta 27 Dec, 2007

    Another Countdown Toast - In Spain they have a lovely tradition where everyone has a bundle of 12 grapes and for the last 12 seconds of the year, as the clock chimes everyone eats 1 of their grapes until midnight. You don't really appreciate the taste of the grapes but it is a lot of fun and adds another party tip to the toast!

  • katiecooper 27 Dec, 2007

    Very chic and classy. A nice personal touch to impress your guests!

  • deavodl 27 Dec, 2007

    Is this just for fun or would you do some type of game or something during the countdown?