of the type of food you decide to serve, preparing the food for a New Year's Eve party can be a significant cause of stress.
Hiring a caterer is the most efficient way to minimize this stress.
When hiring a caterer, the host may have a great deal of work
during the planning phases in selecting a caterer, tasting the food and selecting dishes for the menu, but once this is
done the host only has to worry about coordinating the delivery and service of the food.
This leaves the hostess free to focus on other elements of the
party and prevents her from spending a great deal of time in the kitchen on the evening of the party.
While hiring a caterer is an excellent idea, it can be rather
expensive. Fortunately there are also a number of inexpensive options for minimize the stress associated with preparing the
food for a New Year's Eve party.
One fun way to do this is to make the party a potluck event.
Having guests bring dishes such as side dishes, salads, appetizers, desserts, and even main dishes or drinks greatly reduces
the amount of work for the host. In this scenario the host only has to worry about providing one or two items and coordinating
the other guests to ensure they do not all bring similar items.
Another inexpensive option which can help to reduce the amount
of stress typically associated with preparing the food for a New Year's Eve party is to serve only appetizers, desserts, and
cocktails at the party. This is significantly less expensive, as appetizers are traditionally much less expensive to prepare
than main course items.
It is also acceptable to do this because most New Year's Eve
parties do not start until 8:00-9:00 at night. It is acceptable to assume most guests will have had dinner earlier in the
evening but, as a courtesy, it is worthwhile to indicate on the invitations that only appetizers and desserts will be served.....