Here are a 7 tips on how to relax and enjoy your own healthy New Year’s celebration.
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1. Invite the Whole Family and Have One Menu
When your kid’s are little, trying to get a babysitter for an adult-only New Year’s celebration always ends up being so stressful to coordinate. Including the kids at a house party is a free, great option. Add in a kid-friendly menu to please the adults as well, and everyone is happy.
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2. Make a Signature Cocktail or Punch
It costs a lot to have a well stocked bar, plus there is something about ladling your beverage into your cup that makes drinking fun. Who’s going to complain when there is a delicious, signature drink for everyone to enjoy such as a sparkling wine punch for the adults and a virgin counterpart for the kids? Warm mulled cider also works well as an option: Mocktail or cocktail style.
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3. Make It Your Own and Freeze Ahead of Time
Everybody loves a good hot, hors d’oeuvre, but pre-mades can be costly and loaded with junk you don’t really want to eat! Make your own pigs in the blanket (use turkey kielbasa or chicken sausage instead of hot dogs), assorted mini-quiches, and baby pizza’s. Freeze your assortment days ahead on stacked store-bought tin liners lined with parchment. When the time comes to bake, don’t even bother thawing! Most hot hors d’oeuvres bake up the same way from the frozen state: uncovered, 400’ for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through and lightly browned on top.
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4. Eat Your Veggies
New Year’s parties are generally long, which means there is a whole lot of munching going on. Bags of pre-washed and trimmed veggies are readily available in most fully stocked grocery stores. Pair with a bunch of delicious dips, and nobody will complain the next day about munching away on bags of chips. Don’t fuss with a formal vegetable arrangements; scatter glasses and bowls of single-item cherry tomatoes, green beans, baby carrots, radishes, and crunchy snow peas for healthy nibbles around the house.
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5. Use a Slow Cooker
Where there is booze, there needs to be food. We’ve all been to those food-barren parties that leave you starving! Just because you need a “main dish” doesn’t mean you need to be stuck in the kitchen. Make a big pot of slow cooker pulled pork with slider buns on the side where everyone can help themselves. The dish stays warm for hours and you don’t need to baby-sit the food.
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6. Keep it Simple
Of course a table full of cakes, pies, cupcakes and cookies is always fun to look at, but at the end of the (very long) day it’s cookies, brownies and ice cream that always get the most oohs and ahhhs. A good idea to think about: coffee. It’s a little “pick me up” insurance to get your buddies home safely.
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What are your favorite ways to ring in the New Year?
For other helpful Long Island resources, please visit:
Long Island Grocery Stores, including specialty shops and those that deliver
Where to purchase farm raised poultry on Long Island
Grocery 101: Holiday Essentials
Where to purchase Prime Dry Age Meats on Long Island
Where and how to purchase a lobster (and other seafood) on Long Island
Grocery 101: Basic Staples Lists
Long Island Farmer’s Markets: Locations and Dates
Long Island Farm Stands
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