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New Year's Eve: Easy last minute party ideas and recipes

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Why go out for New Year's Eve, when you can throw a fantastic party at home? These recipes from the Dallas Ethnic Foods Examiner are fast, easy and delicious-- and definitely cheaper than a night on the town. In these economic times, why blow January's budget before 2011 even arrives? Throwing your own New Year's Eve party is safer, too. New Year's Eve is amateur night. Throughout the Metroplex, the streets and highways will be crawling with drunks and the Dallas Police Department has vowed to have plenty of cops on patrol in response. Why risk running into either one of them?

Here in Dallas, we do not need an excuse to turn any party into a fiesta, and neither do you. Whip up a batch or two of my Best Ever Blender Margarita Recipe and usher in the New Year in style. Round out the party with some Easy Baked Taquitos (or buy some at your local grocery store-- we won't tell) and a selection of spicy South of the Border dips and salsas. Try my Easy Salsa Verde Recipe or whip up a batch of my Smooth and Spicy Guacamole.

There's no rule that parties have to stick to one ethnic theme. Give your New Year's Eve party some international flair with my simple Southeast Asian Pineapple Salsa recipe. Serve with store bought chips or make your own. It's a snap with this homemade tortilla chip recipe from the San Antonio Budget Grocery Examiner: so delicious and you will save money, too.

More budget friendly party ideas can be found in the ethnic cuisines of the Middle East. My yummy recipe for Homemade Hummus is not much better than store bought, it is easy to make, surprisingly healthy and costs only pennies per serving. Use the money saved by making your own by splurging on a pre-cut veggie tray at the supermarket, or save even more money by cutting up vegetables yourself.

For something a bit different, and another great option for those who prefer a bit less spice in their party food, check out my recipes for Turkish Eggplant Dip and Crunchy Baked Falafel. Love cheese balls but hate the messy rolling? Try my clever recipe for Obatzda, the easy to make German beer cheese spread that is a hit any social gathering.

In my family, it's just not a party without bacon. Keep your friends and family happy (and cool things down) with my Bacon Lovers Guacamole recipe. http://www.examiner.com/x-22860-Dallas-Ethnic-Foods-Examiner~y2009m9d16-Bacon-Lovers-Guacamole-Recipe-for-National-Guacamole-Day

Is your idea of the perfect New Year's Eve party a bit more elegant? Classy can still be easy with my festive Champagne Fondue http://www.examiner.com/ethnic-foods-in-dallas/holiday-recipe-champagne-fondue-au-fromage-cheese-fondue-with-champagne a sophisticated twist on a classic French cheese fondue recipe. For an unforgettable New Year's Eve party, serve with Champagne and ring in the New Year with style!

Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers!

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