Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What to Serve At A New Years Eve Party

I'm partial to what I like to call Chip & Dip Parties.  There's no big meal, just a million appetizers.  They're always my favorite part and this way you're free to fill up on them and not have to save room for the dinner.  And a New Years Party goes late, so you can have the hot appetizers come out periodically as the night goes on.

Guacamole - My friend makes THE BEST guacamole.  She made it for my wedding and discovered that if you put all of the lime juice onto the top as the last step and wait to stir it in until serving time that it prevents it from browning. Protective Lime Layer™.  Mash up avocados, mix in pico de gallo, add garlic, lots of salt, and lots of lime juice all to taste and you're good to go!

Salsa - I'm a fan of pico de gallo, but buy whichever kind you like.

Hummus - top it with olive oil and paprika to be traditional

Veggie Tray - include sugar snap peas if you can

Cheese Plate - I love cheese.  End of story. 

Individualized Taco Dip - this stops the dip from looking really gross at the night goes on. You don't really need a recipe for this, just use your favorite layers: refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese, olives, green onions etc

Caprese Bites by Shutterbean - these are a little more party-friendly than the traditional salad

Raspberry Jam Baked Brie - I was inspired by this picture, but I am going to use raspberry jam instead

Spinach Artichoke Dip by - my all time favorite dip of any kind

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms  - this is a new recipe that I'll make, but won't eat (I'm vegetarian and also hate mushrooms)


Boozy Punch - I served this at my wedding and it was a big hit.  It's almost dangerously drinkable.

24 oz. orange juice
24 oz. white grape juice 

32 oz. ginger ale
12 oz. lemon-lime pop (7 Up or Sprite)
Rum to taste

Optional - lemon or lime slices

Moscow Mules - A drink that is new to me and so very delicious

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