Holiday Survival Guide: 10, 9, 8 ...

We love this time of year – family, friends, celebrations and FOOD .. lots and lots of food! By now you've probably pulled out all your best party tricks, but don't worry. We've got a few new, fantastic New Year's Eve celebratory recipes that are sure to draw cheers from any crowd and fit any (post-holiday shopping) budget.

Sparkling Snacks: AKA Party Food!

We love to host parties and serve "heavy hors d'oeuvres" instead of dinner. With these simple & delicious appetizers you're sure to fill up your party guests so they'll be awake to ring in the new year, but you won’t have all the mess or the stress of a full dinner. And finger foods are way more fun at parties anyway!

Butterfly Shrimp Caprese: SeaPak Shrimp Company makes you the envy of all your friends with this amazing appetizer! It's an old Italian favorite with a new, coastal twist!

Scampi Bruschetta: Again, SeaPak lets you in on their secret to a great party with the simpli-tastic bruschetta. DELISH!

Crescent-Wrapped Meatballs: Elegant and scrumptious! So scrumptious, in fact, you'll want to double this recipe!

Artichoke Pizza: Perfect for a crowd! Cut into bite-sized pieces and voila! - a yummy, affordable and impressive appetizer!

Still hungry? Need a few more dishes to make your party spread appropriate for ringing in 2010? Try Carrie's favorite Parmesan Crisps (one ingredient!), or the Feta Cheese Spread or one of these.

What New Year's Eve party is complete without a signature cocktail? And a little bubbly? We've combined both into the Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail. Refreshing, festive and a perfect complement to the array of bites above.

Countdown In Style!

Who says you need watch the Dick Clark countdown like you've done for the last 20 years? Stir it up a bit this year with a game like Celebrity or Catchphrase - both are favorites around our homes. Lots of fun for groups of all ages. Any sort of pop culture game would be fun given all the crazy events of 2009!!

Healthy Holidays

New Year's Eve is a time of reflection, anticipation and sometimes a little over-indulgence. Recent studies show that dark liquors give you more of a hangover than clear liquors. So, if you’re going to indulge stick to vodka, light rum and clear tequila. Oh, and drink lots of water and get some extra sleep so you can start the new year off on the right foot (and not on the couch!).

And don't worry ... it's OK to indulge on New Year's Eve. In fact, we encourage it! We'll be back in early January with a winter slim down menu to help fight the holiday bulge!

Bon Appétit!
Carrie & Vicki

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