duration of the New Year's Eve party, the lack of more substantial food, and the alcohol consumption which is likely, it is
much more appropriate to allow for
12-15 appetizers per person.
Considering this large number, you should plan on providing at least five
different appetizers for your party to ensure your guests will get to taste a wide variety of items.
When selecting appetizers for your New Year's Eve party, it is also important
to consider the set up of the party. If you will be providing tables and chairs for the guests, it is appropriate to include
appetizers which require a fork to eat. However, if you will not be
providing seating, it is more appropriate to only include appetizers which can easily be eaten with the hands.
You should also consider how convenient the appetizers are to eat. There
are many great appetizers which can be quite messy or require elaborate dipping sauces. These types of appetizers are not
a great idea for a New Year's Eve party where guests are likely to be dressed quite elegantly.
Sticking to appetizer choices which are easy to eat and do not result in
a great deal of mess will be greatly appreciated by all of the guests.
It is also important to choose from a number of different categories when
selecting appetizers for your New Years Eve party. In particular you might want to consider serving both sweet and savory
If you opt to provide both types of appetizers, you have the option of
either offering both types of appetizers throughout the evening or offering the savory appetizers for the majority of the
evening and then switching to sweet appetizers just before midnight when the New Years Eve party is likely to end within an
hour or two.
Whichever option you select, it is important to plan the number of appetizers
according to your distribution strategy. For example, if you plan to
only offer sweet appetizers in the last hour of two of the party, you should purchase or prepare less of these appetizers
than the savory appetizers. However, if you will be distributing both types of appetizers throughout the evening you should
purchase or prepare a more equal distribution of appetizers.
Finally, in selecting appetizers, it is also important to consider how
the appetizers will be distributed. This is important because, if you will have servers circulating with trays of appetizers,
you can prepare them differently than if the appetizers will be left on a buffet table.
Specifically, if you plan to offer appetizers on a buffet table and if
you do not have a method of keeping these items warm, you may wish to select mostly items which do not have to be eaten hot.
However, if the appetizers will be passed by servers, you can serve hot
items because the servers bring out only small portions at a time and the rest can be kept warm in the kitchen until needed....