Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party? Here are some tips to make it a success! Plus simple appetizer, dessert and cocktail recipes.
Invitations: pretty and free.
Music: set the mood.
- Be sure to include a mix of lively, soft, and nostalgic songs. (Like this 50-song playlist)
- Ask your party guests for a few of their favorite songs and add them to the mix.
Decor: it doesn’t have to be expensive.
- Think sparkle – white lights, mirrors under dishes, low lights, candles (LED or traditional).
Hors d’oeuvres: the mix and the quantity.
- Include savory and sweet finger-food bites.
- Assume that your guests will eat two or three of each of the hors d’oeuvres.
- How many hors d’oeuvre varieties to serve depends on the number of guests:
- 10 to 15 guests = 3 or 4 varieties
- 15 to 20 guests = 4 or 5 varieties
- 25 or more guests = 5 or more varieties
Drink quantities: better safe than sorry.
- A general rule is 3 drinks per person for every 2 hours of the party. But it doesn’t hurt to have extra on hand.
- Don’t forget your teetotaler friends and designated drivers – there are lots of fun, non-alcoholic cocktail recipes, like these.
- 1 fifth of hard alcohol yields 12 to 16 drinks
- 1 750-milliliter bottle of wine or champagne yields 6 to 8 glasses
Curried Chicken Liver Pâté
Brie en Croute
Tuna Sashimi and Avocado Wonton Cups
Brown Rice Sushi Balls
Bacon Puff Pastry Cheese Twists
Greek Filo Parcels with Tzatziki
Easy Potted Crab with Crunchy Crudites
Classic Stuffed Mushrooms
Broccoli Potato and Cheddar Tots
Bacon Wrapped Feta Stuffed Dates
White Cheddar Crisps with Rosemary and Black Pepper
White Bean Hummus with veggies and grilled pita
Crostini with Brie, Cherry Preserves, and Arugula
Caprese Crostini with Pesto
Feta and Lemon Bruschetta
Crostini with Fig Spread, Apple, and Pecorino
Baked Camembert topped with Cranberry & Orange Compote