Happy New Year From Gordo’s
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Now that the gifts are all opened and you’ve invested a small fortune in AA batteries, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re doing for the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve. While many people prefer the quiet solitude of spending the night of December 31st sitting around the fire with a loved one or a few friends, most people attend 1 or several parties. Some adventurous souls actually throw a New Year’s Eve party and if you fall into this category, this blog’s for you.
If you’re planning your NYE party, you might want to stock up on the best addition to any party – Gordo’s Cheese Dip. We’ve got some great ideas for the party along with some great recipes to feed the hungriest party animals. Just keep reading.
A Little History Lesson
Did you know that the New Year did not always start on January 1st? New Year’s Day used to be March 1st. In fact, there was a time when there were no months of January or February. As you can imagine, this messed up the college bowl season, not to mention the Super Bowl. Of course, this was a few thousand years ago and citizens were watching different athletic contests.
The first time the New Year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C. The month of January did not even exist until around 700 B.C., when the second king of Rome added the months of January and February. The new year was moved from March to January because that was the beginning of the civil year.
In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar, a well-known party animal, introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was a vast improvement on the ancient, lunar-based Roman calendar. The Julian calendar decreed that the New Year would occur with January 1, and within the Roman world, January 1st became the consistently observed start of the new year.
Not long after, people started wearing silly hats, blowing noise makers, kissing their spouses or sweethearts at midnight and asking “hey, where’s my champagne and what’s on the food table?” Since there was no Gordo’s Cheese Dip back then, the celebrants had to make do with what passed for finger foods without the smooth, delicious Gordo’s dips.
A Progressive Party Idea
There are lots of fun ways to bring in the New Year. Many big-city dwellers have found a way to incorporate 4 or 5 NYE parties in one evening by arranging a progressive party, that allows them to walk from one house or apartment to another. This progressive party, where a few friends divide the evening into time frames (8pm to 9pm, 9/10, 10/11 and 11 to midnight) and each hosts an hour of the party. These homes should be close enough to allow the attendees to walk from one party to the next and what generally happens is that the crowd gets bigger and bigger at each house. The host of the final hour before midnight has the responsibility of providing the champagne, noise makers, silly hats and a big pot of coffee. This host should also be responsible for making sure that anyone over-served gets safely into a cab for the ride home.
There are several great things about this progressive NYE party. First, it makes for a great diversity of food, drinks and surroundings. Moving from one house to another also shuffles up the party-goers and there is more opportunity to talk with different people. Because this mini-party lasts only an hour, the party is less onerous for the host/hostess because they are not responsible to entertaining (and serving) what might be a hundred guests for several hours. Finally, since some guests who might be inebriated are walking from one venue to another, there is less likelihood of them getting into a car and driving across town to their home. Most likely, they live in the neighborhood where the parties are occurring.
Food to Make Any NYE Party Rock
Besides that little glass of champagne at midnight, the most important part of a great New Year’s Eve party is the food. Unless you’re still in college, the old “run down to the grocery store and buy a party platter” days are over. As a fully grown adult, you owe it to yourself and your reputation as a party maven, to make some delicious food for NYE.
Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with some incredible, and simple to prepare recipes for the best NYE spread you’ve ever laid out.Just click on any or all of these recipes and wait for the party goers to go nuts! You might want to buy some extra napkins, because there will be a lot of mouth-watering going on.
Gordo’s Spinach Artichoke Dip
Easy Cheesy Biscuits
Gordo’s Pizza Cheese Dip
Gordo’s Chipotle Burger Dip
Gordo’s Fajita Soft Tacos
Game Day Hanky Pankys
Gordo’s Philly Steak & Cheese
Gerri’s Mexican Wings
Marvelous Meatball Subs
And for those die-hards who are still hanging around at 2 or 3 am, wearing the paper hats, blowing the noise-makers and refusing to go home…
Directions for Handling the Bubbly
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything, including chilling and opening a bottle of champagne, without having half the bottle spray some unsuspecting guests! Sparkling wine maker, Domaine Chandon suggests:
“To get a room-temperature bottle of champagne cold, chill it in a bucket of ice and water. By submerging the bottle up to its neck and keeping it out of the fridge, you can keep the cork from getting too cold — which is key to easy opening, since the stopper is treated with paraffin, and chilly temps make it stiff and difficult to remove. When you’re ready to open, remove the foil and wrap one corner of a dry kitchen towel around the top of the bottle. With your hand on top of the towel, feel for the muselet (that’s the wire hood covering the cork). Fold down the screw tab and make six half-turns to loosen it. Grip the cork and the muselet (with your hand still on top of the towel) and tilt the bottle 45 degrees; this gives the wine more surface area and the gas more space to move around so that when it does shoot out, it will do so with less force. Give the cork a little twist. If it’s not budging, grab hold of the bottom of the bottle and turn that (it’s bigger, giving you a mechanical advantage). You’ll start to feel the pressure pushing the cork out. Very slowly, ease it out. You won’t hear a “pop” — it’ll be more like “a sigh.”
What Are the Hip Dippers Dipping?
The consistency of any Gordo’s Cheese Dip is perfect for dipping. Whether it’s warmed, as you would serve fondue or room temperature, right out of the container, Gordo’s Cheese Dip makes the perfect culinary compliment to any finger food. The only limitation to having a four-star food table is the imagination of the hostess.
There are many great dipping items. How about slices of fried sausage, deep-fried dove breasts, or soft pretzels? Other ideas include: cocktail franks, mini meatballs, steamed broccoli, sautéed mushrooms, toast points and bread sticks. All are perfect with each Gordo’s Cheese Dip.
Like a lot of celebrations, most New Year’s Eve parties are pretty much meet-and-greet affairs. Guests have a chance to mingle with friends and strangers, chat, eat and drink until somebody turns on the TV and the ball drops at midnight. While there’s nothing wrong with this scenario, a savvy party host can make the evening a lot more memorable by incorporating a way for the guests to remember all the fun they had on New Year’s Eve.
The easiest way to do this is to set up a photo-booth in one part of the place where the party is taking place. Because people tend to dress up for New Year’s Eve, they will look their best in this environment, which is always a plus.
A digital camera which is hooked up to a color printer is really all that’s needed for the photography. For the background a light (or white), solid-color works best and this can be a bed sheet, piece of poster board, curtain or tablecloth. Place the camera on a tripod and take the auto-flash function off, so that it fires every time.
The finishing touch to your photo station can be props like fake mustaches, funny hats, glasses and boas. Buy some simple cardboard frames or folder to protect the shot and give this memento to each NYE celebrant who joined the party. Since someone has to be responsible for manning the photo-booth, a smart host will enlist the services of a teenager who is too young to go to a NYE party and enjoys watching silly adults clowning around a camera.
Great food and drink, noise-makers and funny hats are really all that are needed to make a New Year’s Eve party epic. About the only thing else that needed is a good hang-over recipe for those who celebrate a little too much. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered on that one. Click HERE for the best ways to get over having too much NYE fun.
If you know of someone who is planning a New Year’s Eve party, be a pal and pass the blog post on to them. From your friends at Gordo’s Cheese Dip, have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve 2012 and a healthy and prosperous 2013!
Photo from Flickr Creative Commons – MagicRobot