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Party Down

Experts in event planning, wine, and cocktails offer tips for three ways to ring in the New Year.


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All in the Family

What to serve: When all the fam's around, Joe Bastianich and Jeff Zalaznick of the private-dining reservation site suggest good-luck foods like the Italian cotecchino, a sausage made of pork meat and rind.
Available at Florence Meat Market ($7.99/lb).

What to do: Celebrity stylist and TV personality Robert Verdi suggests a cookie-baking party. Prepare all of the ingredients in the afternoon, then over the course of the evening, bake and decorate several kinds of cookies. It’s all-ages, and the house will end up smelling delicious.
For baking supplies (including cookbooks, if you're really starting from scratch), try Broadway Panhandler.

What to drink: For mixologist Jason Kosmas of Employees Only, the coziness of mulled red wine laced with citrus and spices is not only a good metaphor for family, it also produces an amazing holiday aroma. (View Recipe)

What to toast with: Rosemary Gray, manager of Chambers Street Wines, suggests the Champagne Brigandat NV Brut Réserve ($29.99) for its forward, generous style and ample red fruit quality.

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