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Ideas for New Years: Celebrity chef inspired party budget menu ideas

January 1st, 2011 at 12:01 am by Donna Stewart Leave a reply »

Ideas for New Years: Celebrity chef inspired party budget menu ideas  Happy New Year!

[Jan. 1 -- 12:01 AM EST]

What are YOUR New Years Resolutions this year? Ryan Seacrest, celebrity senior Dick Clark, and Autism advocate  green celebrity comedienne Jenny McCarthy helped Americans across the United States ring in the New Year 2011 from the world-famous Times Square in New York City, New York.

The temperature was a not so balmy 40 degrees when 2010 became 2011 — not quite a record high, but certainly not a record low, either. The New Kids On The Block and Back Street Boys performed together live on stage, and the very last celebrity quote of 2010 was made by Keesha — who managed to prove to the world that she herself is in fact a Jon Gosselin wannabe… Yeah — she did tell Seacrest her 2011 resolution was to, “Not be a douchebag”. Charming? Not really.

[Who says that as their most famous quote and the last thinks folks will remember from the 2010 year?]

Now, the confetti cleanup has begun. At any rate, the New Years Countdown Clock was exciting to watch on New Years Rockin’ Eve on ABC with Dick Clark. The ball drop sent crowds from the streets of NYC flooding home, hopeful they would make it home before morning. Why the rush? So folks could get some sleep before hosting New Years Day Parties. Here’s some last-minute party planning ideas about what to serve for the perfect game day menu as well as New Years Day lucky beans.

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Is your grocery store sold out of steaks in the meat department — but you were hoping to grill?  Try hamburgers stuffed with Blue Cheese or each burger dipped in a mix of teriyaki sauce and pineapple juice before it is grilled and garnished with a pineapple ring to give your party a Hollywood celebrity chef gourmet twist.

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A big pot of chili both cost-effective and (strangely enough) wonderful to serve Hollywood style with leftover champagne.  If you have vegetarian friends make your chili with tofu rather than ground beef, and if you love your guests only serve them hormone free meat.

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A spiral cut ham can do the trick as well — served with fresh rolls to allow guests to make their own sandwich bites if your group is busy watching football. The ham from celebrity chef Paula Dean is absolutely the best — look for the pretty blue package with her face on it. The crunchy glaze is delicious.

Caesar salad goes with all of the above choices or can be served as a meal in and of its self. Skinny Hollywood stars will prefer to keep the dressing on the side (so they can keep calories down), but if you do want to make a big bowl of it and have it already tossed, you can have extra fresh shredded parm set out with a big black pepper grinder so guests can add extra tasty calories to the salad themselves.

Champagne and Caesar salad is a perfect meal any day of the year when accompanied with a warm french bread baguette or crusty loaf of fresh baked Italian bread to tear and share. Here again, your budget will determine your New Years Day menu. But, if you are serving vegans like actress Alicia Silverstone, opt to make a second dish that uses only oil. Why? Because vegan diets leave all cheese and eggs out.

Don’t forget to make a pot of Black Eyed Peas with Collard Greens for luck as well. It is a tradition to serve Hoppin John, as it is called, on News Years Day for the luck and good health of all who eat it.


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Ideas for New Years: Celebrity chef inspired party budget menu ideas


Donna Stewart is a licensed Florida Realtor who reports lifestyle news of interest to WWII Generation and Active Senior Citizens. Donna is the host of @dswhomes on Twitter, a community service website that shares green news about home and living, health and food, popular reality television series like Dancing With The Stars, upscale and eco-friendly retirement communities, celebrity seniors, and luxury travel resorts in and around her home town city of Sarasota, Florida.

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