Though you’re probably still attending, and maybe even hosting, Christmas get-togethers, if you’re thinking about hosting a New Year’s party then it’s time to start planning that, if you haven’t already.

As a time to reflect upon the past year and celebrate the one ahead, what better way to do so than with food and drinks shared with loved ones? Often, New Year’s parties can be over-the-top and overpriced when they’re hosted at venues other than your own home. But we happen to think that simple is better and would recommend an intimate evening with close friends and family, some simple hors d’oeuvres and a few signature cocktails. Oh and of course, some bubbly to share for the countdown.

To keep things simple for both you and your guests, we recommend serving a couple of finger foods that can be prepared ahead of time instead of a full course, sit-down dinner. This way, you can enjoy your company while they’re there instead of being in the kitchen the whole time, mingle more by passing around the appetizers and use simple cocktail napkins for easy clean-up.

Your menu may depend on your guests – whether there are any food allergies, picky eaters or little ones in the crowd. But we love this hors d’oeuvres recipe for bang bang chicken satay and think it’ll wow your guests, too.

Bang bang chicken satay

Cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into five long strips, from pointy to round end. Thread onto a skewer.

Chili Ginger Sauce

1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

1 tbsp mirin

1 tbsp soya sauce

2 tsp sesame oil

3 leaves of mint, chopped

2 tsp chopped ginger

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and brush over the satays, bake in oven at 375°F for approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Chicken should reach 160°F. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

But, if all else fails and you find yourself completely exhausted after the Christmas rush, contact Never Enough Thyme or check out our online ordering menu and we’d be happy to handle the food part of your New Year’s party for you.

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