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35 Party Appetizers For New Years Eve 

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

If you’re helping to host a party for New Year’s Eve you will need a fun and delicious menu including fantastic appetizers. The best ones are always easy too, like skewers and bite sized desserts. This list of sensational snacks will impress your guests and have them praising your party.

Easy to Make New Year’s Eve Appetizer Recipes

Neiman Marcus Dip

A delicious, no-bake appetizer that is perfect for New Year’s Eve! The name gives it an elevated appearance without being too difficult to make!

Neiman Marcus Dip in bowl with small slices of bread

3 Ingredient Sausage Rotel Dip

Another great and quick dip to make! Not only is this perfect for New Year’s Eve, but you’ll want to save the recipe for Super Bowl Parties as well!

sausage rotel dip for new year's eve in a bowl surrounded by tortilla chips

Spicy Crab Cakes

A delicious spin on the traditional crab cake. Your NYE party guests will be talking about these for years to come!

spicy crab cakes on white plate

Surf & Turf Party Appetizers For NYE

  1. Filet Oscar Crostinis 

Steak Oscar Crostinis are the best appetizers for a NYE party! They are the perfect size to hold in one hand with a drink in the other. The Bearnaise sauce is to die for too, just make sure to heat it slowly while cooking and whisk vigorously! It will be creamy and custardy with the meat and bread. 

crostinis covered with filet and béarnaise sauce on top
  1. Bang Bang Shrimp

Bang bang shrimp is crispy, salty, savory, and scrumptious. They are so easy and will really stand out on any party platter. Ready in less than 10 minutes and made with gluten-free panko breadcrumbs and other pantry staples! Served up with a delicious dipping sauce. 

serving tray with panko covered shrimp with bang bang sauce on the side
  1. Oysters With Tomato Vermouth

These Oysters with tomato vermouth combine so well with various flavors. Tomato vermouth granita is a heavenly garnish. It has an icy consistency that compliments the savory tomato and smooth salty oysters. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

small white serving dish of tomato vermouth with oysters on the side
  1. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Surf and turf on a singular dish! These bacon-wrapped shrimp with jumbo prawns are marinated in a sweet and savory glaze. This broiled appetizer will delight a crowd at any New Years Eve party. 

close up of broiled bacon wrapped shrimp
  1. Prosciutto Croccantinis

Absolutely delicious, these Apple Bacon Jam, Gruyere, and Prosciutto Croccantinis will put a smile on everyone’s face. All you need is Bacon, onion, garlic, pepper, fresh rosemary sprigs, salt, apples, brown sugar, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar. 

croccantinis with apple bacon jam, gruyere cheese and prosciutto on top of blue serving tray
  1. Marinated Chicken Wings 

What’s a party platter without some chicken wings? Easy no fuss oven-baked wings with finger-licking sweet and savory sauce. All you need to make the sauce is raw honey, olive oil, tomato paste, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and eggs!

close up of chicken wings in white serving bowl
  1. NYE Charcuterie 

Nothing says “wow” like a well-balanced charcuterie board. This NYE platter is easy to arrange in 20-30 minutes 2-3 different cheeses, 2 kinds of crackers, and various meats. The author recommends Wood River Creamery Original Cheddar Gruyere, salami, and Pomegranate Seeds among a few others.

huge charcuterie board with crackers, jam, cheese and meat flowers
  1. Bacon Wrapped Pigs In A Blanket

A simple meaty New Year’s Eve appetizer for any gathering! All you need are gluten-free chipolata sausages, unsmoked streaky bacon rashers, rosemary, salt and pepper. For the equipment, you will need a large baking tray, cocktail sticks, parchment paper, a cutting knife, and a chopping board!

stack bacon wrapped sausages on top of white plate
  1. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs 

Meatballs are great for any occasion for so many different reasons. First of all they are versatile meaning you can flavor them with 1 million different ingredients like this one with buffalo sauce. This type of appetizer can be made for a crowd of any size and you can prep them 24 hours ahead of time. 

chicken meatballs covered in buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles with celery on the side
  1. Bacon Wrapped Scallops 

Your New Year’s Eve party is screaming for bacon-wrapped scallops. You literally only need the two ingredients plus a pinch of salt or two. Plus it’s great for low carb diets when starting out your New Year’s resolution. Author tip, for best results, use jumbo scallops not small bay scallops. 

plate of bacon wrapped scallops
  1. Swedish Shrimp Toast Squares

This popular Swedish toast recipe is known as skagenröra which is a classic mix of shrimp, mayonnaise, and dill. For this delicious appetizer, you want to add caviar or salmon roe. It’s elegant and sophisticated yet easy to assemble. 

Swedish toast with shrimp sauce and caviar on top

Cheerful Cheese Recipes 

  1. Blue Cheese Puffs 

Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Tarts will surely please your guests because they’re creamy, buttery and flakey! They take 10 minutes to prep, 15 minutes to cook and 5 minutes to rest. The recipe makes 12 servings so double up for a party because they’re super popular. 

puff pastry tarts with blue cheese crumbles on side
  1. Stuffed Mushrooms 

These Baked Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are the ultimate New Year’s Eve appetizer. They’re low carb with amazing flavors like chopped mushroom stems, cream cheese, bacon, onion and red capsicum. They’re a spectacular low-carb gluten-free snack for friends to share. 

baked mushroom stuffed with cream cheese and bacon on parchment paper
  1. Crispy Crab Rangoons

How can you not love an easy Crab Rangoon recipe? You can make them sweet or savory too. Some great ideas include cream cheese plus Nutella or the standard cream cheese and crab. Made with only a few simple ingredients!

crispy crab Rangoons with side of dip in red cup
  1. Cranberry Baked Brie 

Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce is a well-balanced combination of fantastic flavors. In 15 minutes you will have a warm and melty recipe that everyone will devour. Just grab some round Brie cheese, cranberry sauce, roasted pecans, and some fresh rosemary sprigs for an elegant garnish. 

baked Brie with cranberries, blueberries and nuts with crackers on the side
  1. Jalapeño Popper Wontons 

A fun and spicy appetizer for New Year’s Eve! These Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups will be the star of the show. For the filling, you will need bacon, jalapeño peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream. 

close up of jalapeno popper wonton held by silver tongs
  1. Taco Roll Ups 

Taco Roll-ups couldn’t possibly be easier or more delicious. They take 15 minutes to prep and 12 minutes to cook. Only 5 ingredients are needed and you have the best bite size snack for your party platter. All you need is ground beef, taco seasoning, premade pizza crust dough, water, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, or salsa.

close up of taco roll up with pizza crust, tomatoes and lettuce
  1. Jalapeño Cream Cheese Pinwheels 

These jalapeno cream cheese pinwheels are packed with crave worthy briny jalapeños, crisp bell peppers, savory, cheesy filling, and crunchy scallions. Also they are super customizable so you can add in all your favorite fillings. 

crunchy pinwheels full of jalapeno cream cheese in cast iron skillet

Mini Desserts & Sweet Dips For New Year’s Eve

  1. Chai Cupcakes 

I have to have some dessert snacks for my New Years Eve party. They’re delicious, a bit spicy, and fun on a platter. Chai is a lovely flavor for sweets too. It originated in the Indian subcontinent and has flavors like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and pepper. 

chai cupcakes with cinnamon stick on top of icing
  1. Mini Pineapple Cakes 

Pineapple and Cream Mini Cakes are moist and soft with fluffy cream cheese frosting. This dessert appetizer for NYE takes 1 hour to prep, 12 minutes to cook, and makes 5-7 portions. You will need sugar, water, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt, crushed pineapple juice, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Cool Whip.

small 3 layer pineapple cakes with cream in the middle
  1. Dulce de Leche Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

The combination of dulce the Leche and peanut butter will be the talk of your New Year’s eve party. They are so soft and ooey gooey that everyone will be begging for more. 

dulce de leche peanut butter cup cookies with mini Reese's cups on side
  1. Spiked Cherries 

These spiked cherries are great for a crowd at any kind of occasion. They are so much fun and surprisingly simple to whip up. Pro-tip, for best results, soak your cherries in alcohol for at least 24 hours. This recipe is a cool twist on a cocktail or Jell-O shot. 

cherries with vanilla and chocolate icing and colorful sprinkles on top of white holder
  1. Lemon Cake Pops 

Copycat Starbucks lemon cake pop recipe makes a great treat for a party because your guests can walk around and mingle while eating them. They’re delicious and moist with a classic cake mix, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, yellow candy melts, and sprinkles. 

bright yellow lemon cake pops with yellow sprinkles
  1. S’mores Dip Recipe 

S’mores dip will have everyone losing their minds over how yummy it is. You can serve a variety of dippers like graham crackers, cookies, fruit, tiny brownie bites, and so much more. All you need is milk chocolate chips (The author recommends Guittard or Ghirardelli), large marshmallows, graham crackers, cookies, etc. 

s'mores dip with strawberry and graham crackers on side
  1. Funfetti Cake Batter Dip

Funfetti cake batter dip is a nostalgic way to bring in the new year! It will definitely be a hit with friends and family too. It’s sweet, pretty, and decadent when you serve it up with dippers like Animal Crackers, Graham Crackers, Pretzels, Apple Slices, Strawberries, Vanilla Wafers, or Teddy Grahams! 

funfetti cake batter dip with colorful sprinkles and animal crackers
  1. Turtle Chocolate Dip

Amazing Chocolate Fruit Dip makes a spectacular addition to any gathering. Count down the clock with fantastic flavors like cream cheese softened, chocolate spread, caramel bits, chopped pecans, and Dulce de leche for drizzle. 

chocolate dip with caramel, pecans and pretzels on side
  1. Cookies & Cream Dip

You will love cookies and cream dip as a dessert appetizer at your New Year’s Eve party because it is chocolatey, and creamy, with delicious cheesecake flavor. Plus you can make it ahead of time which is great if you’re planning a party!

creamy white dip with crushed Oreos on top with strawberries on side

Vegan Appetizer Ideas

  1. Seitan Satay Skewers 

If you have any vegans or vegetarians attending your NYE party try seitan satay skewers with peanut sauce. Ingredients include Seitan, Coconut Milk, Curry Powder, Red Curry Paste, Sugar, Salt, Coconut Milk, Natural Peanut Butter, Rice Vinegar, Soy Sauce, and Red Pepper Flakes.

seitan satay skewers with dip on side
  1. Vegan Charcuterie Board

A big fresh vibrant vegan charcuterie board could be just the thing you need at your end-of-the-year event. Everything is plant based so it’s healthy. Here are some tips: spread everything out, keep similar foods in clusters, mix different textures, colors, and foods. For herbs use some mint, rosemary, and basil that will add a pop of color. 

charcuterie board topped with fruit, veggies and nuts
  1. Cucumber Hummus Bites 

These vegan cucumber hummus bites will put a smile on everyone’s face. Make sure to use large English cucumbers – sliced about ⅓” inch thick! Other ingredients include hummus, cherry tomatoes, and chopped parsley to garnish!

cucumber topped with hummus, tomato and parsley
  1. Plantain Chips

Why should you serve plantain chips for your New Year’s Eve party? They’re a healthy all natural dipper idea for the various dips on this list! Banana chips are gluten free, oil free, and packed with vitamin C, A, B-6, potassium, fiber, and magnesium. 

plantain chips in serving dish with guacamole on side
  1. Avocado Hummus 

How do you make avocado hummus? Well just start out with 1 can of chickpeas, 1 medium avocado, 1 cup and chopped cilantro, 1 clove of garlic, a lime, oil, salt and pepper. The best part about avocado hummus is that it goes with basically any savory snack! 

avocado hummus in white bowl with pita, tomatoes and cucumbers on side
  1. The Best Guacamole 

Guacamole is one of those appetizer recipes that is naturally vegan with no substitutes needed. The most important ingredient to have is ripe avocados. Without that you might as well make something else! A ripe avocado is firm but will still mush when pressure is applied. 

bowl of guacamole with jalapeño and lime
  1. Avocado Sushi Rolls 

Your food display platter will be remarkable with some homemade avocado sushi rolls! Serve them up with fresh ginger and wasabi plus a little soy sauce. Imagine these fresh rolls with a glass of champagne counting down to midnight. 

avocado sushi roll with chop sticks and wasabi on side
  1. Pistachio Vegan Cheese 

A vegan cheese spread is an incredible and creative way to incorporate pistachios into your appetizer presentation for New Year’s Eve. Add it to your charcuterie board with some crackers and pita bread. Ingredients include apple cider vinegar, salt, black garlic powder, dried rosemary, cayenne pepper, and pistachios.

vegan cheese with pistachios in ball with spices and seasonings

What is a good menu for New Year’s Eve?

A good menu for New Year’s Eve should be balanced and well-rounded with sweet, savory, fun, and festive recipes and drinks. Your buffet should have plenty of finger foods so that people can mingle while they eat. Anything with a toothpick or a skewer would be great! For drinks try champagne mixes and Jell-O shots. 

New Year’s Eve is all about having an ultimate spread of appetizers to munch all night. So if you want to make sure to have the best appetizers of the year look towards this list! Count down the clock with food to die for. 

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