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“Cosmos” Space Party: Alie & Georgia Help You Planet!

Sunday nights! We love them! Sure, a workweek is just around the corner, hiding under your alarm clock and waiting to scream you awake — but delicious delicious Sunday nights offer you 24 frames a second of dessert porn on Unique Sweets. And for the next 12 weeks, the Fox series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, starring narrator/astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, will answer your burning questions, like what is the universe and do we actually exist and are there aliens and what is time?

A series that delves into the mysteries of the universe can trigger a fun existential crisis, which means it’s scary to be alone. Plus, all that pondering about stardust and the nature of being is bound to make anyone hungry. So to properly enjoy the next few months of Sundays, consider hosting one — or 12 — space-themed viewing parties. But how do you get ready for a space party? You planet!

Your guests will be over the moon with these punny dishes, and since we’re but a gasp and a blip in the span of time, eat as much as you want! Nothing matters.

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Lighter Drinks, Dips and Treats for New Year’s Eve

This time of the year can be really fun for indulging, but there comes a point when you just need a break (hello, January 1st!). If you find yourself hitting that point when you still have some more festivities to attend (I’m looking at you, New Year’s Eve), then these lightened up drinks, dips and treats are for you.

Skinnier Sips
Alcohol is high in calories. Cutting down how much you drink in any given night is smart for a number of reasons, including your waistline. Try alternating between a drink and a glass of sparkling water to slow your drinking pace. And keep in mind that mixed drinks can often deliver lots of extra calories. A glass of wine is usually around 120 calories; beer can range upwards of 250 calories for higher-alcohol brews. Here are a few lower-calorie alternatives:

Spritzers (pictured above): Spritzers are a great way to curb the alcohol per drink.

Bellinis: They have more calories than spritzers, but like spritzers, they help you to drink less actual alcohol.

Alcohol-free wines have half the calories of regular vinos and they’re surprisingly delicious.

Desserts

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Lighter Appetizers for New Year’s Eve

Who says appetizers have to be ultra-rich to be a hit? These lightened-up appetizers use healthy whole foods to make small bites that taste as good as they are good for you. Most of them are a cinch to make, too, so you can cut down on the stress as well as the calories.

Pecorino and Honey Dip (pictured above): This simple combination of pecorino and spiced honey hits the sweet, salty and spicy flavor points.

Spicy Roasted Olives: Give heart-healthy olives an update.

Roasted Chestnuts: A holiday classic studded with vitamin C and manganese

Porcini Bruschette with Nipitella: Mushrooms and fresh herbs top this quick and easy bruschetta.

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Good to Know: The Ultimate Kids’ Table

Cooking Channel’s original web series Good to Know offers up genius DIY hacks that will ease everyday chores and up your party-planning game. Today, hosts Dan Pashman and Laurie March kick off the holiday season with tips for creating an awesome, interactive kids’ table for any family shindig using craft paper, stickers, cupcake trees and even a non-alcoholic scorpion bowl. With these handy tips, pint-sized guests — and their parents — will be begging for a spot at the kiddie table:

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Fondues (and Don’ts)

Easy Cheese Fondue

Do you fondue? Here’s how to:

Do: Host a fondue party. Fondue is great any time of year, but winter is an especially perfect time to gather friends to dip carbs into a hot pot of melted cheese.

Don’t: Feel pressure. If you’re new to fondue, maybe a party isn’t right for you. Bring a cheese or chocolate fondue to a party or serve with other snacks on a buffet.

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