New Year’s Eve: Foods and Drinks to Add to Your Celebration

Celebrating New Year’s Eve is a festive way to usher in the next 12 months. While some choose to go out, many people do their own celebrating right at home. Whether you are staying in with your family or inviting friends over to ring in the stroke of midnight, here are some menu items that will make your party stand out this New Year’s Eve.

Garlic Shrimp Cocktail

Who doesn’t love a shrimp cocktail dish, with a little bit of extra kick to it? Buy already-cooked jumbo shrimp and then lightly sautee them in butter with two to three cloves of fresh minced garlic. Refrigerate the garlic shrimp for at least two hours before serving alongside cocktail sauce.

Spicy Chicken Dip

Add some spice to your New Year’s Eve fare with this simple, warm appetizer. For a serving of 6 to 8 people, combine 8 ounces of cream cheese, a 12.5 ounce can of chicken and two to four tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce. Mix the ingredients together in a small slow cooker, and let it warm for at least two hours on low. Serve warm alongside your favorite fresh vegetables or crackers for dipping.

Cold Veggie Pizza

Who says you have to wait until Jan. 1 to increase your vegetable intake? This veggie pizza is simple to make – and stays good for several days in the refrigerator (that’s IF you have any leftovers). Buy a can of crescent-style rolls and uncurl them to make a single layer crust, with no gaps between the dough. Cook the crescent rolls according to the packaging instructions. Let the cooked crust cool for an hour. Mix together 8 ounces of cream cheese and 1 cup of mayonnaise, as well as a dry packet of ranch dressing flavoring. Add in a half-cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Spread the mix on top of the crust until it is all covered. Sprinkle more shredded cheese on top and then add your favorite chopped-up vegetables including carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and olives. Slice it up in single-serving sizes.

Mint Moscow Mule

The classic ginger drink gets a twist just in time for trying new things. The original Moscow Mule is created with ginger beer, vodka and lime. Add in some fresh mint leaves to give it a sophisticated taste and don’t forget to serve it in those shiny, metallic mule mugs.

Faux Bubbly

Not every guest will want to drink alcohol or be allowed to drink it, but they can still let the bubbles go to their heads with this simple, non-alcoholic beverage. Combine ginger ale, white grape juice and a splash of either orange or grapefruit juice to each glass. Garnish the glasses with a lemon or lime wedge and toast the New Year in style.

However you celebrate, enjoy your time with family and friends. Everyone at West Villages wishes you a happy, healthy 2019!