One of the traditions I’ve enjoyed in my family for New Years Eve is the way we do food. We start in the late afternoon into the evening cooking finger foods with all sorts of snacks as a buffet.
We have: BBQ pork, veggie platter with dips, mini corn dogs, jalapeno poppers, bagel bites, and anything else we can think of to add.
Buffet style grazing is great for relaxed family gatherings and parties with either limited space or a focus on something other than the food. Things like game nights, where you don’t have to put a lot of effort into cooking, or you can make platters beforehand. Wraps, fruit and cheese platters, veggie trays, and dips can all be premade. The chill of foods like these can keep your tongue from burning if you add in the fresh from the oven treats above.
A large variety of snack foods also makes it so those picky eaters or ones on special diets will be satisfied. Potlucks are another way for guests to always enjoy at least something. Since most people bring something they would eat, and usually in larger amounts than necessary, this makes it so there is plenty to go around.