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The Best Make-Ahead Finger Food

12/21/2011 09:47 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

With the holidays near -- er, here -- holiday party season is in full swing. We're sure you've already labored over festive meals and decadent desserts to serve to your loved ones when entertaining at home. If you're still hosting, for New Year's Eve, perhaps, you deserve to take a break. Or at least appear to in front of your guests.

These awesome appetizers require almost no moment-of work or attention. Some need to be pulled out of the oven or gently reheated, but other than that, they're purely make-ahead. For the most part, they're easy too, requiring no more than a few hours of work a day or two before.

That means when you throw a finger food party, all you've really got to do is relax, dip your pita into some hummus, and toast to the new year with friends.

Will you be hosting or attending an at-home New Year's Eve party? What are you making (or bringing?)?

--Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine of Big Girls, Small Kitchen

The Best Make-Ahead Finger Food