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Sweet or sour?

Predict 2016 with grapes

Mark the New Year like they do in Spain by eating a dozen grapes at midnight. Sweet grapes represent a good month, sour grapes are less than lucky. Make the tradition yours by serving with Champagne.

Black-eyed Peas

Humility served in simple dish

According to Southern tradition, eating black-eyed peas shows humility and, in turn, invites good fortune. The peas' coin-like shape is also said to bring wealth when eaten on New Year's Day.


Favorite side represents gold

Serve up a slice of your favorite cornbread on New Year's Eve to represent the glories of gold and wealth. Keep with tradition and also serve some greens, which some say represent dollar bills.

Full circle

Serve a menu of round foods

Give your party foods a theme with meaning, choosing all round foods to represent the year coming full circle. Think doughnuts, bagels, Bundt cakes or your favorite drop-cookie recipe.