There's nothing worse than hosting a special-occasion soiree, only to spend most of the party heating, assembling or passing the appetizers you prepared. This time, ring in the New Year right - these make-ahead party foods will ensure that, come midnight, you have a glass of champagne and not a serving platter in your hand.For a healthier option that's not a crudite tray, assemble an antipasti platter that stars plenty of marinated veggies and make-ahead dips.
Make the filling for goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms the night before, then put them out first at your party - they won't last long!
Use thawed frozen puff pastry to make a savory caramelized onion tart.
And if it's not a party without shrimp cocktail, make a shrimp cocktail with three dipping sauces; the sauces can be made at least a day ahead.