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Planning New Year’s Eve party? Here’s my game plan for a stress-free party with easy New Year’s Eve Appetizer Recipes and fabulous New Year’s Eve Cocktail recipes + my favorite mocktail!

Grid of appetizer and dessert photos for a New Years Eve party

How do you organize a New Year’s Eve Party?

Skip the printing and send pretty and free online invitations. Here are two great sources:

  1. paperlesspost.com
  2. evite.com

Music: set the mood with a perfect playlist.

  • Be sure to include a mix of lively, soft, and nostalgic songs. (Like this New Years Eve 2023 Spotify playlist)
  • Ask your party guests for a few of their favorite songs and add them to the mix.

Party Decor: it doesn’t have to be expensive.

  • Think sparkle: white lights, mirrors under dishes, low lights, candles (LED or traditional).

Finger Foods (skip the silverware!): the mix and the quantity.

  • Include savory and sweet finger-food appetizers.
  • Assume that your guests will eat two or three of each of the finger foods.
  • Determine the number of finger food varieties based on the number of guests:
    • 10 to 15 guests = 3 or 4 varieties
    • 15 to 20 guests = 4 or 5 varieties
    • 25 or more guests = 5 or more varieties

Cocktail (and mocktail!) quantities: better safe than sorry.

  • A general rule is 3 drinks per person for every 2 hours of the party. But it doesn’t hurt to have extra on hand.
  • Don’t forget your teetotaler friends and designated drivers – there are lots of fun, non-alcoholic cocktail recipes, like these: Virgin Mojito recipe, Virgin Margarita recipe and Non Alcoholic Sangria.
  • Equivalents:
    • 1 liter of a distilled spirit yields about 22 mixed drinks
    • 1 750-milliliter bottle of wine or champagne yields 6 to 8 glasses

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Use the Right Glassware for your Cocktails

  • Old Fashioned or “Rocks” Glasses – for drinks served with ice
  • Martini Glasses – use for any ‘up’ cocktails that are stirred or shaken and strained
  • Champagne Glasses, either Coupe or Flute – for Champagne (or sparkling wine) and Champagne Cocktails

Savory Finger Foods

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

4.83 from 51 votes
A fast and fabulous recipe for cooking scallops wrapped in bacon!
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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp served on a stainless platter featured

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

5 from 23 votes
Partially cooking the bacon is a key step to these perfectly succulent shrimp wrapped in bacon! A crowd pleasing appetizer recipe that's also great for keto and low carb diets.  
Note that you'll need toothpicks to secure the bacon strips around the shrimp.
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Bacon Wrapped Dates served on a wooden board.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

5 from 9 votes
These are delicious warm from the oven and at room temperature making them an indispensable party appetizer. Feel free to double the recipe!
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Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

5 from 3 votes
Feel free to double or triple this recipe and assemble up to 2 days before you plan to bake and serve.
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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple on a black plate.

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

5 from 2 votes
It's the smoky, sweet and spicy combination of flavors that make this appetizer impossible to resist!
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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus arranged on a round platter with lemon wedges

Prosciutto Wrapped Asaparagus

5 from 7 votes
When it comes to appetizers, it's hard to beat Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus for flavor and convenience! No matter how you choose to cook your asparagus (roasted, grilled, or pan-fried) be sure to let the spears cool to room temperature before wrapping with prosciutto.
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Crispy Baked Coconut Shrimp

4.72 from 7 votes
A delicious and easy alternative to deep-fried coconut shrimp. This recipe requires minimal effort and mess, but yields maximum flavor and crunch.
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Crispy Baked Egg Rolls

5 from 11 votes
This recipe makes 10 egg rolls. You could also make mini-rolls to serve as appetizers using wonton wrappers instead. If you do this, reduce the baking time to 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
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Goat Cheese Phyllo Cup Appetizers

These bite-sized Goat Cheese Phyllo Cup Appetizers are made with just six ingredients and ready in 15 minutes or less, these bites can also be made in advance and frozen!
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salt potatoes served on a brushed metal platter

Salt Potatoes

5 from 14 votes
Who knew that just potatoes, salt, and water could create such a delicious dish! Fingerling potatoes get buttery smooth on the inside with a crisp, salty crust on the outside to make an addictive appetizer!
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Spicy Deviled Eggs

5 from 4 votes
The ideal party and picnic treat and an ideal way to enjoy leftover hard boiled eggs. Simple to make with an addictive spicy kick.
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Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp with lemon slices in a cast iron skillet

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

4.89 from 9 votes
Succulent shrimp in a buttery, bright lemon garlic butter sauce!
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Baked Goat Cheese served on a white plate with artisan crisps and greens

Baked Goat Cheese

5 from 8 votes
Crispy and golden brown outside, soft and warm inside, Baked Goat Cheese is a perfect appetizer or salad topper!
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Festive Foods with a Little More Substance

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Easy Crab Cakes

5 from 13 votes
An easy crab cake recipe for people who want to taste crab not fillers in their crab cakes! 
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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs served on a white oval platter photographed from above.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

5 from 4 votes
A quick and easy recipe for tender, juicy chicken thighs wrapped in smoky bacon.
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tuna tartare served on a white plate.

Tuna Tartare

5 from 6 votes
A delectable Tuna Tartare recipe courtesy of Michelin Star restaurant, K&L Bistro in Sebastopol, California.
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Pulled Pork Nachos in a baking sheet photographed from above

Pulled Pork Nachos

5 from 6 votes
Pulled Pork Nachos are a decadent delicious way to enjoy leftover pulled pork!
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Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders

5 from 13 votes
Truly crispy baked buffalo chicken tenders with simple blue cheese dip – perfect party fare! I love to serve cold and crunchy carrot and celery sticks with this too.
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Twice Baked Potatoes on black plate

Twice Baked Potatoes

5 from 9 votes
A lightened up version of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant Overstuffed Twice Baked Potatoes.
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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail served in small, clear glasses.

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

5 from 6 votes
An elegant, chilled appetizer with plump, flavorful shrimp, fresh tomato, cucumber and avocado in a lightly spicy tomato based sauce.
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Garlic Butter Steak Bites in a cast iron skillet photographed from overhead.

Garlic Butter Steak Bites

5 from 1 vote
A perfect blend of juicy, seared steak cubes bathed in buttery garlic goodness. A quick recipe that's makes any meal or party a memorable affair.
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Dips, Sauces and Spreads

Baba Ganoush served with cucumber slices

Baba Ganoush

5 from 13 votes
A simple method for making this thick, creamy, smoky Lebanese dish!
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Classic French Remoulade Sauce featured

Classic French Remoulade Sauce

4.67 from 3 votes
Serve this delicious remoulade sauce as a condiment for fish, seafood or red meat.
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remoulade sauce served in a black bowl

Remoulade Sauce

5 from 8 votes
Spicy Louisiana Style Remoulade sauce recipe – perfect for crab cakes, as a dip for boiled shrimp, po’ boy sandwiches, and Shrimp Remoulade.
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Green Olive Tapenade served in a white bowl with crostini around.

Green Olive Tapenade

5 from 3 votes
A versatile and vibrant olive tapenade that everyone will love!
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Elegant Salads

seafood pasta salad served in a yellow ceramic bowl

Seafood Pasta Salad

5 from 10 votes
A delicious and satisfying main course pasta salad loaded with succulent shrimp and crab tossed in a creamy dressing.
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Crab Salad served in light gray ceramic bowls.

Crab Salad

5 from 12 votes
An easy and delicious recipe using real lump crab meat. Serve on it's own or as a Seafood Pasta Salad or delectable sandwich! Perfect for gluten free, and low carb and keto diets! 
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Caesar Salad served on a white plate with a knife and fork.

Caesar Salad

5 from 8 votes
Serve this as a side or top it with grilled chicken, shrimp, or salmon for a simple one-dish meal.
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Celery Root Remoulade

5 from 10 votes
The classic French bistro salad.
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Champagne Vinaigrette

5 from 15 votes
A delicious, tasty salad dressing that's so simple you may learn the recipe by heart!
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Crackers

Flaky Parmesan Cheese Straws

These are wonderful with Parmigiano-Reggiano, but I imagine other hard cheeses or even cheddar would be equally good. If I were using cheddar, I would shred then freeze it before adding to the flour mixture in the food processor.
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Sour Cherry, Walnut and Rosemary Crackers

You’ll need to start at least a day or several hours in advance to make these as they need to be frozen solid before slicing. Special Equipment: You’ll need 4 mini-loaf pans (6.75″(L) x 3.25″(W”) x 1.5″(H)) – I love these
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Lavosh Crackers served on a silver plate

Lavosh Crackers

5 from 9 votes
These snappy crisp crackers, made with whole grain flour, olive oil, and sesame seeds, are easy to make and are a great snack or addition to any gathering.
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Almond Flour Crackers stacked on a white marble board

Almond Flour Crackers

5 from 4 votes
Light and delicately crisp and cheesy gluten free crackers!
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Mouthwatering Crostini Recipes

Blue Cheese Crostini with Pecans and Honey

5 from 5 votes
Serve these warm and delicious crostini at your next party! Just 4 simple ingredients! This recipe is for 12 crostini, but scales easily for as many as you need.
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Apple Crostini with Fig Jam and Pecorino

5 from 3 votes
Just a few simple ingredients in these Apple Crostini with Fig Jam and Pecorino! This recipe is for 12 crostini, but scales easily for as many as you need. 
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Parsley Pesto and Burst Heirloom Cherry Tomato Crostini

Delicious little toasts of crusty bread topped with parsley pesto jammy cherry tomatoes.
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Brie Crostini with Cherries and Arugula

5 from 1 vote
A simple and delicious crostini recipe made with just 4 ingredients that are easy to find!
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caprese crostini with pesto

Caprese Crostini with Pesto

5 from 1 vote
You’ll have leftover pesto. Toss it with freshly cooked pasta for a second, simple meal or add a dollop to your favorite vinaigrette. The generous amount of lemon juice makes this pesto tangy and preserves it’s brilliant green color.
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Feta and Lemon Crostini

5 from 1 vote
Inspired by Sweet Paul's Feta & Lemon Dip
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Perfect New Year’s Eve Party Sweets

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Homemade Champagne Gummy Bears

4.80 from 5 votes
Make these homemade Champagne Gummy Bears with just 3 ingredients in less than 30 minutes!
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Pecan Pie Truffles

These little Pecan Pie Truffles are a few bites of sweet, boozy bliss with pecans, maple syrup, and bourbon!
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Cashew Brittle stacked on a marble board

Cashew Brittle

4.75 from 4 votes
An easy recipe for lightly salty, cashew loaded brittle!
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Dark Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Add a healthier option to your dessert spread with these adorable peanut butter cups! Just a few simple ingredients and no refined sugar.
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Sugared Pecans in a black bowl

Sugared Pecans

5 from 14 votes
Sugared Pecans are easy to make and deliciously addictive! Delicious for snacking and as a sweet and crunchy topping for salads or desserts. And a perfect edible gift for the holidays!
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chouquettes served in a cloth lined copper basket

Homemade Chouquettes (French Pastry Sugar Puffs)

4.84 from 18 votes
Simple to make and absolutely delicious, chouquettes are lightly sweet pastry puffs that make a wonderful snack and perfect party fare.
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New Year’s Eve Cocktails + My Favorite Mocktail!

Meyer Lemon French 75

First poured in a Paris bar in 1915, the French 75 is a delicious mix of Champagne, gin, lemon juice and sugar.
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Non Alcoholic Sangria

5 from 6 votes
Finally! A non-alcoholic Sangria to get excited about – all because of an unexpected ingredient that mimics the missing alcohol! 
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Eggnog Cocktail

This Eggnog Cocktail is ultra cold and creamy, and warmly spiced. A holiday crowd pleaser, it’s the perfect beverage to add some flair to an evening with friends.
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Virgin Margarita served in a highball glass with fresh lime slices and a salted rim.

Virgin Margarita Recipe

5 from 1 vote
A simple, everyday ingredient makes these non-alcoholic margaritas taste like the real thing.
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Mulled Wine

This warming mulled wine recipe is festive, delicious and right in your slow cooker!
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Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe

5 from 3 votes
A twist on the classic Negroni, swapping in whiskey for gin.
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Peach Bellini cocktails served

Peach Bellini Recipe

5 from 14 votes
A classic cocktail made famous by Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy that's so easy to make at home!
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28 Comments

  1. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    Happy New Year, my friend! I love this post! So inspiring! Speaking of inspired – we made your champagne gummy bears, and loved them! They were a big hit!! 🙂

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, Annie! Happy New Year!

  2. Leanne says:

    What a lovely selection of appetizers for NYE or any time of year! My hubby and I could make a meal on appetizers, and I can see some of these making an appearance for our Friday night snacking! Happy New Year Marissa!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Keith and I are the same! Such a fun way to make a meal. Happy New Year, Leanne!

  3. Neil says:

    Happy New Year to you Marissa! I’m just catching up after taking a break over the Christmas and New Yew festivities. The food and cocktails here are all so delicious looking. I hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Year yourself and am looking forward to all your recipes during 2020!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Neil! And Happy New Year to you!

  4. David @ Spiced says:

    I missed out on this post prior to NYE, but that’s ok. Football playoffs and the Super Bowl are coming, and those are great excuses to make appetizers and bite-sized foods. That Pesto Crostini is totally going on the list!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      So true! And I think you’ll love that Pesto Crostini – it’s always a hit. It seems there’s always a good reason to whip up some appetizers, right? Thanks, David!