Happy New Year

It's New Year's Eve so many of you are probably busy making plans for the evening ahead. Even pre-children I was never really a fan of heading out on New Year's Eve, as everywhere was normally full to capacity which led to a most uncomfortable night out. These days I much prefer to entertain at home which suits quite well as there is no need to disturb the children's routine. If you too are hosting an evening get together, where you don't plan on serving a dinner, you really only need a few plates of finger foods to feed many.

Crisps with dips, such as houmous, are a popular choice for serving with drinks. If you happen to see Keogh's crisps for sale I would definitely recommend that you pick some up. They really are delicious and they have the added bonus of being Irish. A well presented cheese board with some nice cheese biscuits and a tasty chutney makes for a perfect accompaniment to any drinks party. One of my favourite cheeses has to be the locally made Mossfield Organics. My friend Kristin has suggestions for the absolute selection of cheeses to create your own cheeseboard over on her blog Edible Ireland. Some mini chicken kebabs with a scrumptious satay sauce is also something that I like to serve as finger food. They can both be prepared early in the day and just pop the kebabs into the oven 20 minutes before you'd like to serve them. Quesadiilas are also perfect because they can be assembled and refrigerated before your guests arrive and then simply fry them as needed. These are just a few ideas that you may find useful. What ever your plans I hope that you have a lovely evening and tomorrow I will share with you some of my foodie highlights of 2011.


Lisa McGee said...

Happy New Year to you too Nessa. Don't think I've been "out"in a few years - tonight just going to family at about 9 with all the kids.
Hope 2012 bring loads of great things for you too!

Rolling Pin Claire said...

Happy New Year Nessa. Staying in is the new going out and I'm quite happy by the fire with a glass of wine!

Kristin said...

I'm the same as you - even before the kids came along, I've never seen what all the fuss was about with going out on New Year's Eve. Like Claire said, I'm much happier sipping a cocktail in front of the fire in my own living room. Happy new year! x

PS - thanks for the link too. :)