Throw an elegant, last-minute New Year’s bash

You thought you were content watching the ball drop with your honey, but the phone won’t stop ringing from friends who want to party! Fortunately Robyn Moreno, author of “Practically Posh: The Smart Girls’ Guide to a Glam Life,” has plenty of ideas for hosting a festive fête in a flash.

Moreno’s main tip: When it comes to serving food at a party, your appetizers should be sassy on the table but simple to prepare. Consider these easy and elegant possibilities:

White bean puree

Ingredients

    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 2 cups canned white beans
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

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Portable caprese

Ingredients

    • Package of grape tomatoes
    • Package of marinated mozzarella balls
    • Bunch of basil
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Olive oil

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Warm spiced olives

Ingredients

    • 2 cups mixed olives
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 sprigs rosemary
    • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 2 long strips of lemon zest
    • Extra-virgin olive oil

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"Pan tomate"

Ingredients

    • 2 thick slices of rustic bread
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 large beefsteak tomato
    • Extra-virgin olive oil
    • Sea salt to taste

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