New Years Eve Party Ideas
Party Food Ideas

Start the year in good taste!

Happy New Year!

We hope it's a good one, not just tonight, but the other 364 too.

Best of luck to you and yours!

Here's some great party food ideas to get this year off to a good start. No matter your budget, we'll get you going in style!

The Seafood Cocktail adds elegance to any party - Wow!


Find oodles of ideas in our Menu Planning Page for more suggestions.

You can also use Ask-a-Caterer for any food questions you have. Great for correct quantities.


Serving alcohol? We've got the answers in our Bar Section:

The Bar Beverage Planner tells all - how many, how much, what, which and when - non-alcohol too.

From kegs to cases, coffee to tea - we'll give you planning ideas that will really help.

What about Event Insurance? Is it right for you?




Dips and Breads are always a great way to start, especially when you're serving alcohol.


Olive Bread Bowl. This dip recipe is easy to make ahead of time.



25+ Party Dip Recipes are waiting for you to enjoy!


Here's our tell-all about Dips - how we do them, what works, and lots of great tips and ideas. They can be served with bread, chips, crisps, veggies - you name it!


Say it with seafood! "Lobster" means "celebrate" in any language.


Lobster Roll Snack. Here's a simple way to offer the very best.



Plan 4-6 bites of Appetizers per hour for a "Stand Up Appetizer Party."


Baked Brie comes out perfect, with butter-roasted pecans and hazelnut liqueur. Our secret is simple but works every time for one of our favorite appetizer recipes.

Crab Cakes. I knew my new son-in-law was an OK guy, the first time he made these for us. His own recipe no less. What a pleasure to make and serve.


Bruschetta is served on flat crescent roll dough, fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella - you gotta try this!


Our complete list of Appetizers has over 70 recipes that we have served with pride.


Let's begin this new year with Chocolate!


Chocolate Fruit Skewers - Healthful with elegant simplicity, and just a touch of Maple.



Godiva Raspberry Parfait. Fresh raspberries, premium ice cream, Godiva chocolates and chocolate liqueur. Ready?



Pumpkin Chocolate Cake. This is the easy way, fast, reliable with endless variations.


Check out our Chocolate Desserts - with a special section for Cheesecake!


   ♦   Having more than 50 guests? Read: Cooking For a Crowd. Everything you need for larger numbers.

   ♦   On a tight budget? See: Party on Pennies. How to have a nice party on the cheap.

   ♦   How to keep the food warm, or cold? Check: Food Warmers. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

   ♦   Need to rent some stuff? Here's: Party Rental. What to rent and how to do it.

   ♦   I'm totally lost - where do I start? Start here: Catering 101. Everything you need to know starts here.

   ♦   I'm still totally lost - what do I do? Ask Us:Ask-a-Caterer. Free and the place for all your party food questions.


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