Whether you plan on ringing in the New Year with just you and that special someone or if you have plans to celebrate the New Year with the whole family, there are many different dinner arrangements you could make that involve going out or staying in. You may even want to plan an excursion to some far-off land for your New Year's Eve dinner.
Ringing in the New Year at home with your friends has become a popular option in the last few years, and many people make the most of their time together to serve a sizable meal. Always start the meal off with appetizers that appeal to everyone at your party. Many people enjoy simple appetizers such as deep fried cheese or finger sandwiches, while others prefer something a little more exotic such as oysters or clams. Be sure to accommodate people with allergies to seafood or peanuts, or any other kind of food allergy. For dinner keep it simple and consider a buffet setting. Give people the option of sitting together at a table, or let them wander the room talking. Pasta salads, chicken dishes and deli trays are excellent dinner items for a New Year's Eve celebration. Make sure you have plenty of champagne for your toast, and be sure to have some non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice for the designated drivers or people who do not drink.
If you plan on taking the family out for dinner on New Year's Eve, you may want to get to wherever you are going a little earlier than you normally would, or make reservations well in advance if the restaurant accepts reservations. For full family dinners try to arrange it so the dinner can be done and the family home in time to ring in the New Year.
If it is just you and your significant other, then consider the all-night dinner and dancing package offered by many hotels in the country. These require a reservation and usually fill up quickly, so if this is the route you want to take, make the call as soon as you see an advertisement. You could also call your favorite local hotel and ask if they have any dinner-and-a-room New Year's packages. Some hotels offer them without much advertising. Be prepared to put on your best outfits for the night, and men may want to consider renting a tuxedo for the event.