We made it, guys. 2016 is nearly in the rearview mirror. I love this time of year — New Year’s represents a clean slate, a chance to reflect ... followed by a chance to be better and do better (and to make better meals).
But I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s Eve. I’ve never enjoyed the “scene” on that night (or any night if we’re being honest), and I’m not a big fan of the parties. I’d prefer to just be home with my family, off the roads and away from the masses. If it were up to me, we’d do a multi-course meal at home. Still, I know people love their NYE parties.
So, if you’re cooking for a crew, what better time to enlist the wee ones?
Here are a few ideas to involve kids of varying ages in the New Year’s Eve party prep action. Kids can:
- Wrap things in bacon or prosciutto — I like dates, figs and asparagus.
- Arrange the relish tray or cheese/meat/cracker broad
- Use a chopper to prep veggies
- Scoop filling into mushroom caps for stuffed mushrooms
- Shape the cheese ball (now that we’re dairy-free, I miss this treat so much)
- Roll meatballs (provided your kid wouldn’t eat the raw meat, grrr)
- Set/monitor timers
- Stuff olives for a martini bar
- Place wine charms on plastic glasses/flutes
- Stir (non-alcoholic) punch
- Help you do dishes as you go — hey, a girl can dream; besides, it’s an important lesson to teach
And a couple non-food-releated tasks:
- Set out decorations/party favors
- Fill party favor gift bags, if that’s your thing
Have a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration!