by Julie Snyder
The year is quickly coming to a close. Send it out on a high note with a New Year's Eve Buffet.
Whether you'll have a crowd or just a few; families and kids or an adult only event, food takes a central spot. Start out the evening with light snacks and around 10:30 p.m. bring out the hearty, main dish.
Don't forget the platter of noisemakers, hats, tiaras and boas. People can people grab their favorite items to help them ring in the year.
Will you have kids at the event? Just couples? The whole family? Pick and choose from the buffet ideas below for a spread to please any crowd.
• Berry Lemonade Iced Tea
• Mocktails and cocktails
10. Shop till the ball drops. You won't need to shop that long or that hard, but do go through your menu, make a list of everything you can buy in advance and a second list of last minute purchases such as produce.
9. Take those offers to bring something. When someone asks, find out what they can bring or make a suggestion. Jot that down on your menu.
8. Make ahead what you can. Cook the pork, make the dips and cut fruits and vegetables up for trays and for recipes.
7. Put the pieces together. Mock up your buffet arrangement. You can draw a sketch or you go as far as placing decorations, getting out the serving dishes and "filling" each with a note telling its contents.
6. Get a good night's sleep! Put your plans away, soak in the tub, relax with a book or choose a favorite stress reliever.