Hosting a New Year’s Eve party might be fun, but it can be tricky trying to time the event with meals. Even on New Year’s Eve, people will still want to eat at a typical dinner hour — like 7 pm. As a host, you may not want to host a party from hors d’oeuvres to champagne if it means entertaining from 6 pm to 1 am.
Encourage your guests to eat a light dinner before your party. Not only will this save on the cost of hosting the event, but it will avoid the complicated process of serving a full meal and coordinating the clean up.
Provide an extensive cheese and veggie bar. In general, a table covered with a wide variety of cheeses, vegetables, and crackers will provide guests with as much or as little food as they want. Plus, a cheese table is a nice way to get your guests to mix and mingle.
At 11 pm, offer some hot, finger foods like spinach puff pastry, bacon wrapped shrimp, and chicken teriyaki skewers. This will help the guest fill up for the champagne toast at midnight. Small, one-(or two) bite desserts make for an ideal sweet just before the new year. And again, small bites (both savory and sweet) won’t leave too many plates and bowls for clean up.
Lastly, for the midnight hour, don’t forget to offer a non-alcoholic option to ring in the new year. Not only should you be sensitive to those who don’t drink, but as the host, you are responsible for ensuing everyone who leaves is sober enough to drive home.