Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party, but don’t know what to serve? The great thing about NYE parties is that appetizers and finger foods are king, which makes it easy to please a crowd. No matter what your crowd is into, we have New Years Eve food ideas that they’ll love.
25+ Delicious New Year’s Eve Food Ideas for Your Party This Year
1. Baked Ricotta Dip
This baked ricotta dip is so addicting. Roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil and creamy ricotta (mixed with Parmesan and mozzarella) make such a simple but perfect appetizer for NYE. Serve with crostini. Your house will smell amazing while you’re preparing this dip, and your guests will devour every last bite.
Serve it in a pretty ceramic casserole dish to impress everyone.
2. Chocolate Cranberry Mini Cakes
How perfect are these mini cakes? The melted chocolate, cranberry and holly leaf make a gorgeous presentation. The best part? These cakes are gluten-free, nut-free and vegan, so you can please anyone who attends your party.
You’ll need a round cutter to shape your mini cakes.
3. Fried Crab Claws
Looking for New Years Eve food ideas that are a little more substantial? Whip up some fried crab claws. It’s easier than you think to make this dish. You’ll need blue crab claws (cocktail crab claws) and basic cooking supplies. We recommend frying in peanut oil and serving with your fave dipping sauce.
4. Spinach Artichoke Tartlets
These tartlets look so elegant on a serving platter, but they’re so delicious and deceptively easy to make. The premade Phyllo shells will save you a lot of time. The filling is a mix of spinach, mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, artichokes and Parmesan cheese. Take our advice – invest in a good block of Parmesan. It will make all the difference.
5. Cranberry Brie Wreath
Cranberries, brie, crescent rolls – what more could you ask for? This dish is great for NYE parties because it has the perfect holiday flavors and is shaped just like a wreath.
We recommend adding fresh rosemary and pistachios as a garnish to make this dish even more festive.
6. Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Almonds
Bacon-wrapped dates are always a crowd-pleaser, and this recipe adds almonds into the mix. They’re super simple to make. All you need are three ingredients:
Serve them with cute Christmas bamboo skewers.
7. Hasselback Loaded Potato Bites
We love New Years Eve food ideas that look so much fancier than they really are, and these loaded potato bites fit the bill. The only tricky part is slicing the potatoes. The rest is a cakewalk. These fingerling Hasselback potatoes are drizzled with chipotle mayo and topped with cilantro, onion and bacon.
Serve them on a pretty platter to impress your guests.
8. Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread
This cranberry and brie pull-apart bread is filled with ooey, gooey deliciousness. The best part? It’s so easy to make. You’ll need sourdough bread, butter, pecans, brie, cranberries and some brown sugar.
Make sure you grab a bite for yourself before everyone devours it.
9. Pork and Chive Pan-Fried Dumplings
Pan-fried dumplings are so delicious and satisfying. They’re a great addition to your NYE spread because they’re still kind of a finger food but much more filling. This dish is a little more involved, but you can make them ahead of time and freeze them so that you’re not scrambling around on NYE.
Don’t be intimidated by having to make the dough – it’s super simple.
10. Whipped Feta with Honey Dip
Whipped feta dips are perfect for NYE, and this recipe is so festive, thanks to the pistachio and green onion garnish.
It’s a super simple dish that only requires feta cheese, cream cheese, some spices, honey and pistachios.
Serve your dip in a pretty bowl with some slices of pita bread.
11. Champagne Grapes
These champagne grapes are the ultimate finger food. Your guests will eat them like candy, and they’re really fun to make. First, you’ll need to marinate your grapes in champagne overnight. Then, you’ll toss them in sugar and freeze them for 2+ hours.
If you want to offer your guests something a little bit healthier, this dish is perfect.
12. Baked Feta with Olives
If you’re serving a main dish and need New Years Eve food ideas for side dishes, this one is perfect. It’s easy to make, but it’s so, so flavorful. It has all of the Mediterranean flavors you love – olives, feta garlic, sundried tomatoes, oregano, thyme and olive oil.
Serve with crusty bread or mini slices of bread.
13. Cappuccino Mousse Trifle
Need a dessert for your party? You can’t go wrong with this cappuccino mousse trifle. Vanilla pudding mix will save you time. All you have to do is assemble the trifle in a trifle dish and wait as guests eat every last bite.
14. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
You have to be a true lover of cheese to appreciate this appetizer because it uses a huge block of Boursin cheese. On top, you’ll find bacon, onions, shallots, cloves, and chives. Guests can dip into the goodness with bread and crackers.
15. Loaded Juicy Lucy Sheet Pan Sliders
Juicy Lucy sliders are mini hamburger treats with bacon on top, ground beef and cheese – naturally. You’ll need a dozen strips of bacon, lean ground beef, tomatoes, onions, pickles and any other topping that you would like to add to the list.
16. Cheesy Garlic Cruffin
Did you think that we would have a “cruffin” on our New Years Eve food ideas list? You’ll need some crescent roll dough, mild cheddar cheese and chives for this recipe.
17. Crostini Appetizer with Goat Cheese, Pomegranate and Rosemary
Crostini are everywhere this year, but I promise, the next item on this list will be a little different. As you may have guessed, this appetizer will require a few key ingredients: goat cheese, cream cheese, rosemary, pomegranate and a handful of others.
18. Champagne Jello Shots
Jello shots are a nice addition for the adults at your party who want to unwind and relax a bit. You’ll only need a few items, such as champagne or sparkling wine, lemon juice, unflavored gelatin, ginger ale and star sprinkles.
19. Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese and Pesto
Do you love beef? If so, these crostini are going to delight your tastebuds. You’ll need some beef tenderloin, red pepper flakes, olive oil, baguettes, cream cheese, goat cheese and just a handful of other ingredients to make this appetizer.
20. Garlic Bread Wreath
One of my favorite New Years Eve food ideas is also the easiest: garlic bread wreath. You can watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to make this appetizer:
If you have some pizza dough, Parmesan cheese and a few other ingredients, add this recipe to your list.
21. Spanish Tapas Board
Tapas are such a delight for your tastebuds. You’ll need 1.5 – 2 hours to cook them up and a few ingredients that may be challenging to find, such as saffron aioli, Manchego cheese and others. But what’s great about this board is it has a little bit of everything for your guests, from almonds to meats and cheeses.
22. Fig and Goat Cheese Pinwheels
Fans of goat cheese will adore this recipe, which really doesn’t need all that much to complete. You’ll need a few sprigs of thyme, fig preserves, puff pastry and, of course, goat cheese. If you or someone attending your New Year’s Eve bash is a vegetarian, this is a great appetizer to have available.
23. Whipped Feta Crostini with Honey
If you want to offer up a sweet and spicy crostino, you’ll want to add this recipe to your must-have list of appetizers. You’ll need to make hot honey, which is as delicious as it sounds, and you’ll add in:
- Sriracha sauce
- Red pepper flakes
- Apple cider vinegar
You’ll want to make up some whipped feta, which is just some feta crumbles, cream and cottage cheese whisked together to perfection.
24. Beef Wellington Bites
Delectable is the first word that comes to mind when eating beef Wellington. You’ll need 40 minutes to make these bites, but it makes 24 servings. Food Network has a similar recipe that you can follow:
You’ll need to buy a pound of beef tenderloin, chopped button mushrooms, onion, oregano, eggs, soy sauce, mustard, puff pastry, olive oil and a few common spices.
25. Roast Beef Pinwheels
Meat eaters will gobble these pinwheels up because they’re delicious. Cook time is less than 20 minutes, and you’ll need to buy a few things that you don’t have in your pantry, such as:
- Puff pastry
- French Dip
- Roast beef
Add in some parsley, butter, onion, olive oil and a few additional ingredients, and your pinwheels will be almost done.
26. Crostini with Ricotta
A little, delightful treat that everyone will love. This small crostino has a lot to love, including:
You’ll also need sugar, a baguette and some good olive oil. Total cook time? 30 minutes. How great is that? It’s the perfect treat on New Year’s Eve and often the first to be eaten by guests.