2013 is almost here, it’s time to celebrate!
We love entertaining, and there’s no better time of year to invite your family and friends into your home than New Year’s Eve. The key to any party: preparation. No one wants to be flustered during their own party (don’t forget, you’re allowed to have fun too!). Unless you are planning a sit-down dinner, strolling cocktail parties are always a great idea for New Year’s Eve, full of mingling and cheer!
Shooters: Desserts and Soups
Soup, arguably, is Winter’s best warm and comforting companion, but it’s hard to eat in a strolling manner. Dress it up into small “shooters” using small ramekins, or shot glasses (every New Year’s party needs plenty of shot glasses, of course). This way you are able to provide a warm and hearty hors d’oeuvre, while still allowing for easy mobility of your guests.
Fondue: It’s Making a Comeback
You can’t go wrong with this “choose-you-own adventure” menu approach.
- Cheese Fondue: A Classic. Serve with grilled bread squares or pretzels (especially for beer cheese fondue)
- Pizza Fondue: A favorite for kids! Make with pizza sauce, ground beef, and lots of cheese. Serve with meatballs, focaccia, green peppers, and any of your favorite pizza toppings (pineapple anyone?)
- Oil Fondue: This requires special equipment, some great tips here. Serve with various meats and veggies.
- Dessert Fondue: While you can never go wrong with the crowd-pleasing chocolate fondue, there are many different sweet routes you can go: peanut butter, caramel, or strawberry. Some recipes and tips here
Above we’ve featured a few of our most popular platters (Fire Roasted Veggies, Mediterranean, Exquisite Cheeses, Grilled Asparagus, Shrimp Trio). For parties, it’s always easiest to feature cold/room temperature food for these types of dishes so all you have to worry about is replenishment, rather than checking temperatures throughout the evening.
We’ll see you next year!