Once you have selected one of these options, you can make other decisions such as what types of foods to offer and how
much food to prepare.
Regardless of the types of foods you decide to offer, you will also have to make decisions regarding the preparation of
the food. The simplest, but also likely the most expensive, preparation option is to have the party catered.
In this case, you pay a caterer to prepare and deliver all of the food. They will also likely provide the methods for keeping
the foods hot or cold if necessary.
This is an excellent option for hosts who do not want to spend a great deal of time preparing food for the party and who
do not want to have a great deal of responsibility related to food preparation on the evening of the party.
Another option for preparing food for your New Year's Eve party is to prepare all of the food ahead of time. With a little
research, you will surely find a large number of recipes for items which can be prepared ahead of time. These recipes can
include items which can be served chilled, room temperature, or hot. For items which should be served hot, you will only have
to worry about reheating the food on the night of the party.
Preparing the majority of the food ahead of time is a great idea and will really help to enable the host to enjoy the festivities
on the evening of the party.
Still another less popular option is to prepare all of the food during the party. This helps to ensure the food is all
fresh and is served at the appropriate temperature, but it is also a great deal of work for the host. The host will not likely
have a great deal of time to socialize with the guests because they will be spending a great deal of time busy with
When planning a New Year's Eve party, you can also consider hosting a potluck event. This greatly simplifies the food preparation
process for the host.
If you opt for a potluck, it is important for the host of the party to coordinate with the guests to determine who will
bring what to the party. This is important because you do not want everyone to bring a dessert. Likewise you don’t want
everyone to bring an entrée either.
Ideally a couple of people will prepare entrees and the remainder of guests will bring side dishes, salads and desserts
to the party....