I’ve turned into such a baby when it comes to staying up late. In the past I lived for New Year’s Eve. We’d get together with friends and party all night! We’d clang on pots and pans and light off fireworks at midnight. But now that I have kids I’m totally lame and rarely make it to the ball dropping without dozing off. Midnight is so LATE! I know, I’m lame. But I’m hoping I’m not the only one out there who has small kids and can’t seem to keep their eyes open past 11pm. My husband gives me tons of grief. He jokes that every time the clock strikes midnight he’s high-five-ing himself because I’m always asleep.
However, the one thing I am still good at is preparing the FOOD on New Year’s Eve. And that matters too, right?!
Every year we make a huge buffet of appetizers. Most are pulled from this roundup of my favorite party appetizers. But ever year, without fail, my mom makes a big platter of shrimp cocktail with homemade shrimp cocktail sauce. It’s everyone’s favorite appetizer. I love shrimp, but the homemade cocktail sauce is what really makes the dish shine! It’s only 3 ingredients and it’s way, WAY better than store bought. YUM!
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp prepared horseradish
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine. Taste and adjust to your preference (more horseradish if you want it spicier and more ketchup if you want it mellower). Refrigerate for days in advance. Serve cold with shrimp.
Try these fun party appetizers too: