New Year’s Eve doesn’t always have to big a huge, glitter-soaked blowout. Seeing out the last 365 days of any year does deserves to be marked with something special, no? Look towards the new year with a belly full of oysters, spicy Chex mix, Champagne truffles, and a special cocktail. Cheers!
The One and I have never been big on New Year’s Eve. We’ve never thrown a party, and I don’t recall us ever attending one. And we shake our heads at folks who weather sometimes bone-chilling cold for hours and hours for a 10-second countdown in Times Square.
We prefer to be under a quilt on the couch watching the spectacle.
But just because we’re on the couch doesn’t mean we’re couch potatoes. Hardly! We don’t eat an official dinner, but rather graze all night from a big spread on the coffee table.
Some of our favorites are chicken liver pâté, nutty cheese sticks, oozy goat cheese with onion confit, my prosciutto cheese puffs, and classic palmiers.
This year, though, we’re doing something different. Friends are coming to a late lunch of beef bourguignon, smashed potatoes, and our favorite chocolate cake. So we might usher in 2023 with only a few Aperol spritzes and hugs.
And that’s perfectly delicious to me.
The One and I wish you all a peaceful, prosperous, and healthy new year.
I loved these Champagne cocktails! I love anything that can add flare to classic Champagne, and these recipes are definitely it. They were simple to make and created a gorgeous and delicious cocktail!–Kaitlyn N.
These are wonderful! So easy to make and well worth the small effort that goes into slicing and frying the potatoes.–Elizabeth
Made this last night. It. Was. Divine! Did not realize how easy bone marrow is to make and how quickly it cooks. The husband was blown away – said it was better than a restaurant. Thank you for the recipe and for the detailed instructions.–Karima
The revolver cocktail is a great drink recipe. Very mellow and with a hint of coffee that blends well with the whiskey, I chose Bulliet. I had to sample 2 or 3 to make sure I understood the flavors!!! Thanks for sharing.–Eric
How long can cocktail-party food be left at room temperature?
Shelf-stable foods like potato chips, roasted mixed nuts, and Chex mix can be safely left out all evening for your guests to enjoy. For perishable foods, keep hot foods hot in a warmer, and cold foods, like oysters, shrimp rings, and mayo-based salads, cold, on a bed of ice. Any perishable food being served at room temperature needs to be refrigerated after 2 hours.
Which foods are considered lucky for the New Year?
Foods representing good luck and prosperity for the New Year vary from region to region, but can include black-eyed peas, cornbread, noodles, and grapes. If you’re curious about the history, read this article about the lucky foods to eat on New Year’s day and the ones to avoid.
How much food should I serve at a cocktail party?
Plan for about 8 pieces of food per person, if you’re serving all at once. If you’re serving food continuously throughout the evening, plan for about 4 pieces per person per hour. Expect that the most food will be consumed during the first 2 hours.
Still looking for more ideas? Peruse our entire selection of New Year’s Eve recipes, cocktail party recipes, and hors d’oeuvres recipes to create the perfect party menu.