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DES PERES, MO (KTVI) – Many people choose to celebrate New Year's Eve from the comfort of home. Popular shopping list items include chips, dips, champagne and spirits, but a growing number of people are serving fresh seafood at their parties.

Bob Mepham, owner of Bob's Seafood in University, says shrimp, crab legs and lobster tails were big sellers at his store on New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve is the busiest day of the year for seafood sales, according to Patty Kennebeck, seafood manager at Schnucks in Des Peres. She says other popular dates include Christmas Eve, Valentine's Day and Super Bowl Sunday.

People who plan to serve cold seafood like shrimp cocktail at their party should keep the food stored in the refrigerator until it's ready to be served. "If it's going to be out for a while, we recommend they put it on a tray with some ice underneath of it," said Kennebeck.