Whether you're hosting an all night party, or just having some friends over a few hours before the clock strikes midnight, these easy appetizer recipes are great for New Year's Eve festivities.
Not only are they quick and simple starters to put together, the recipes below are also hearty and delicious. There's a bit of everything in there and plenty of room to get creative so that your menu is well-rounded and fits your likes.
New Year's Eve at home is meant to be laid-back and easy, so don't go overboard with your party menu or trying to please guests. Allow family and friends to bring any party foods they might like as well so that you're sure there's something for everyone without having to do extra work.
A worthwhile effort, however, is to have plenty of carbs sprinkled throughout your menu. New Year's Eve is often a big cocktail party, so you'll want to make sure there's enough little bites to go around and fill everyone up!
Reminiscent of childhood, you could serve this appetizer in a large bowl with a sandwich, but then it wouldn't be very appetizer appropriate, would it? Add a bit of New Year's Eve party sparkle to this starter without creating more work for yourself. It's an appetizer everyone at your party will enjoy and be psyched to see on the menu looking so special. Read More
Bruschetta is perhaps the most versatile of all party foods. Top it with meat, veggies, cheese - whatever you have on hand! This recipe of ours is super simple and uses up the staples always found in our pantries. Use it as is, or as a guide to create your own signature New Year's Eve appetizer using what you have on hand. Read More
We love deviled eggs so they always make an appearance at our parties - particularly this version. Though New Year's Eve is typically a cocktail heavy holiday, we still offer these to our guests, but very early on in the evening. Read More
Like we've mentioned above, New Year's Eve isn't complete without cocktails! This drink-friendly appetizer is great for just such an occasion. For one thing none of your guests will pass these up regardless of what they might be drinking. For another, they'll last out all night and are super budget-friendly. Read More
Upgrade the bacon and serve this tasty New Year's Eve starter. It's certainly the special highlight of our menu since it does require a bit more prep work and isn't something we'd normally serve at parties. Read More
Sugar and spice pecans are a perfect party nibble to sprinkle throughout your space so guests always have something to snack on. They're delicious, with layers of flavor, and will encourage guests to mix and mingle about the space more than anything else! Read More
We like to think of these New Year's appetizers as deconstructed salads on a stick. Skewers layered with mozzarella, assorted cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and olives, all topped with fresh seasoning and olive oil will satisfy those guests looking to get a head start on their stay-fit New Year resolution. Read More
On the opposite end of the spectrum, aged cheddar and applewood bacon potato skins are a more grown up and flavor packed version of a classic app the entire party will see and grab within seconds if they're not worried about their waistline. Easy enough to make and great if you're working with a budget, this appetizer recipe won't just feed a crowd - it'll delight it! Read More
Mac and cheese is another one of those foods everyone likes. If you've got a mixed crowd, chances are you'll be the hit hostess of all if you serve these little bites up to the party. Be warned, though! These bites are delicious and addicting - so make sure you have plenty to go around! Read More
Liking our cheesy New Year's Eve appetizer idea so much you want more? Check out our list of 15 of the cheesiest apps we know and love - all tried and true recipes we trust and turn to when we've got a crowd to feed and impress. Read More