From Stephanie Willis. Follow her on TwitterÂ @shaw_girl.
We all get it in our heads to host a festive New Yearâs Eve party at least once in our adult life.Â It usually starts with, âWouldnât it be fun to have the gang âround to ring in the new year?âÂ Before you know it, a gathering of a few people has morphed into a bash that could rival Dick Clarkâs Rockinâ Eve.
The inevitable panic of what to serve everyone can drive some to hit up the supermarket deli counter.Â I cannot stress this enough: stay.away.from.the.deli.counter.
You can whip up some tasty eats that are party approved and easy to make. To get you started, here is a round-up of recipes from some of my favorite local foodies.
Deviled Eggs, Bacon Options
- I loveÂ deviled eggs. Actually love may not be a strong enough word to describe my passion for this party staple. Zach and Clay over at The Bitten Word give it a sophisticated twist with thisÂ smoked salmon deviled eggÂ recipe. You can make these ahead of time and pull them out to oohs and aahhs from your guests.
- What better way to ring in the new year than withÂ bacon? TheseÂ bacon and leek mini quichesÂ from Pete Bakes! use a crust that even the most kitchen-phobic host(ess) can master.
- In case you are going for aÂ bacon-themed partyÂ (which sounds like my kind of party), theseÂ asiago stuffed dates with bacon and smoked paprikaÂ are an instant party classic.
- Speaking of bacon and cheese, theseÂ gruyere cheese and bacon cheesy puffsÂ are a decadent way to ring in 2012. Â Flaky, cheesy and with touches of pork? Who wouldnât love âem??
Wings, Brie, Pepper Crackers
- The lovely Mrs. WheelbarrowâsÂ party wingsÂ were the talk of a DC Food Blogger event last January. And rightly so.Â These Asian inspired wings are a delicate balance of sweet and salty on your tongue.Â Bonus? Theyâre super easy to throw together.Â The recipe calls for fermented black beans but if you canât find them, donât panic.Â I have made this recipe without the aforementioned beans and they were amazing.
- I love the look of theseÂ black raspberry brie-bitesÂ from Not Derby Pie. People will think you spent ages delicately putting them together but they are a breeze to assemble.
- TheseÂ savory parmesan black pepper crackersÂ from Jenna over at Modern Domestic pack quite a tasty punch.Â Pile them high in your favorite serving bowl for people to graze on as they toast their way into 2012.
- And to add a sweet cap to the evening, might I recommendÂ hazelnut-chocolate chip blondies. Blondies are one of the easiest desserts to make and these have Nutella in them. NUTELLA!
- If youâd like to be a bit more ambitious with your New Yearâs Eve dessert, thisÂ chocolate bourbon pound cakeÂ is just the ticket. Not only is it delicious, it will look beautiful on your new milk glass cake stand.Â Iâm not the only one who asked Santa for one of those this year, am I?
So fear not, party host(ess) with the mostest! You can bang out phenomenal looking trays of appetizers in no time flat. Take a deep breath, plan out your menu and, most of all, enjoy yourself.
Have a safe and happy start to 2013, everyone!
This article was originally posted on December 23, 2011. But, itâs that time of year again, and we find that these recipes remain true throughout the years (and especially around the holidays). So get ready to eat and celebrate 2013!