Forgot to make the New Year’s reservations and now you’re stuck with the 5 p.m. seating? Relax. Invite the gang over to your pad to ring in the New Year with an unforgettable feast! Try a few of these delectable NYE recipes.

Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
For a no-fuss approach, why not lay out a bunch of fixins and have your besties make up their own gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches? Head over to A Beautiful Mess for the party how-to.

Lobster Mac & Cheese
Want to make a yum-tastic meal that’s rich in flavor, but won’t break the bank? They’ll never suspect that you’re all sharing one lobster in this entire dish of Ina Garten’s mac & cheese. It’ll be your delicious little secret.

Cheese Fondue
First of all, who doesn’t love ‘70s throwbacks? And second of all, who doesn’t love the idea of dipping bread into cheese? It’s a win-win! Snag a recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Short Rib and Dried Porcini Lasagna
Mama Mia, this is good stuff! This short rib dish from Fine Cooking is diet danger on a plate, but worth every single calorie. Warning — this meal requires stretchy pants.

Beef Wellington
Prep a make-ahead meal that will knock their socks — or opaque tights — off! Just pop the wellie in the oven when the guests arrive, then throw back a few drinkies while your meal makes itself. Get the recipe of Taste of Home.

Chocolate Soufflé
On NYE, your guests might expect more than a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and 10 spoons. These individual chocolate soufflés from Epicurious are actually pretty easy to make — and will make you look like a total gourmet glamazon!

Champagne Cake
The only thing better than drinking up champs is downing it in a cake! This dessert looks like it comes from the finest bakery in town, but it actually comes from a box. Shhhh! Get the recipe at
Food.com.


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