New Years’ Eve is undoubtedly one of the biggest nights of the year. For many people, the night symbolizes the tone for their whole year to come. If your party flopped, not to worry because you still have 365 days to make a success! And here’s how to get it right: the lucky food party.
How to throw a lucky food party to remember
This type of party revolves around a menu of traditionally lucky dishes from around the world. It’s a great way to get your new year off to a fabulous start and is so easy to customize. You can focus on a specific country, region or ethnicity. Or just choose your favorite bits from around the world. This makes it the perfect party for a multicultural society like Australia because it allows diverse communities to unite and celebrate in a meaningful way. The host can either cater the entire party or organize a potluck where each guest chooses a dish to prepare and share.
For instance, black-eyed peas symbolize prosperity and are a favored New Year’s Eve dish in America’s south. Circular foods represent the completion of another year of life in many cultures. Rich foods are said to be fortuitous if the diner is hoping for a year filled with riches. Long noodles symbolize longevity in Japan and fish is believed to be lucky in many countries. Greek Vasilopita is a very popular dish to include, with the added fun of the lucky coin hidden within the bread. The cake is traditionally cut just after the new year has ticked over and well-wishes have been shared. Alternatively, twelve grapes may be eaten at midnight, to bestow good luck for each of the twelve months of the coming year.
Decor should match your food choice philosophy, whether you decide to narrow down to a specific region, want to include something from the culture of each guest or are picking your favorite options from around the world.
What a great way to welcome a new year, surrounded by friends, family and lots of luck!