Holiday Entertaining Guide - Page 38 - Party, with kids (2)

Holiday Entertaining Guide
- Page 38
Party, with kids (2)
favorite classics. (He throws in a few kid favorites, too, although he has yet to agree to learn any songs from “Frozen.”)The girls twirl and dance, and usually dissolve into hysterics at some point in the session, which basically sums up how much we all love this holiday tradition.

2. Prep the big meal ahead of time

Cooking with kids underfoot is a challenge, especially when you want the meal to be really good. Our amazing hostess always plans the New Year’s Eve dinner menu with an eye toward dishes that she can prep or make hours before.

3. Buy dessert

Pick up a few pints of really good gelato, serve with fresh berries, and call it good. (This combination has the added bonus of pairing really well with Prosecco.)

4. Go big with booze

And by go big, I mean buy a lot so you can avoid last-minute runs to the wine store. Each family contributes to the stash so we have plenty to last through our stay —with one or two extra bottles to leave as a hostess gift. We also usually have a special mixed drink on New Year’s Eve, and, of course, bubbly.

5. Have a New Year’s Day meal plan

Over the course of the holiday, each family is responsible for one meal, including menu planning, grocery shopping and cooking. For New Year’s breakfast, one couple makes “lacy” eggs—or eggs fried until the edges are crisp in olive oil. (These are also called “lazy eggs” to reflect the general morning-after sentiment.)

Lunch is usually something simple like snack plates, leftovers or sandwiches. And my husband and I make pizza for dinner.

– Amy Palanjian is a contributor to, a nationally known blog for people who love food and home cooking.