A New Year's Eve celebration at home was always my preferred party mode and now that we have a little one, it's an even more attractive way to ring in the new year. No babysitter, no cover charge, no late-night winter driving, just a good time in the comforts of our own home. Of course, it's also a great excuse to cook mountains of party food, chill bottles of champagne in deep tubs of snow, and invite a few close friends over.
My guests were more of a conservative crowd as far as palates are concerned (no ceviche or sashimi here!) so I chose a retro comfort food theme for my menu. We feasted on foods that were probably served at parties in the 70's or 80's such as chocolate mousse and mini quiches. Everything was gobbled up pretty quickly, so I suppose I guessed it right for this crowd.
Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Dill Pickle
Shrimp with Parsley-Garlic Butter
Mini Margerita Pizzas
Mini Bacon and Cheddar Quiches
Crudité and Dip
Smoked Salmon Spread on Crackers
Mini Crème Brulé
Cherries & Grapes
Assorted Cookies and Sweets
We had a Vegas theme for our little party and guess who surprised everyone by winning the big pot? That's right, moi, and not just because I was the only one sober, but because I have some serious poker talent!
Today snow is falling in huge flakes outside and we've got naps planned all around. Later on we're heading to the in-laws for turkey dinner-and the feasting continues! I'm contributing a chocolate layer cake large enough for an army (guess I am continuing the whole 'comfort food' theme).
Hope everyone is recovering well from last night's fêtes.
Here's wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2008!