New Year’s Eve celebrations call for New Year’s Eve appetizers in full force, an all-hands-on-deck type of situation!
Dinner was eons ago and breakfast is too far away to think about, but this celebration occurs halfway between the two at a time that most of us are not eating, but sleeping!
But stay up we must, to ring in the new year with New Year’s Eve appetizer finger foods at family or friend gatherings.
Games may be going on, music may be playing, countdowns and fireworks displays are on the big screen or in real life!
Easy-to-pick-up New Year’s Eve appetizer recipes are exactly what this holiday needs.
This means a collection of New Year’s Eve cold appetizers and crockpot appetizers will come in mighty handy to divide and conquer time and space.
The things to consider when planning will be having a little something that everyone can enjoy among your New Year’s Eve tapas.
If the younger set will be staying up to toast with sparkling cider and hugs all around, then New Year’s Eve appetizers for kids will be a must.
Another way to look at planning would be to stagger preparation time by choosing some New Year’s Eve appetizer ideas that can be made a day or two in advance because no one wants to spend the whole evening in the kitchen.
Everyone is familiar with stuffed mushrooms and stuffed celery, and while there are some of those types of recipes included, I worked hard to collect ideas that are different or fancy New Year’s Eve appetizers.
If going the less sugar route, so everyone can wind down for bed sooner than later, New Year’s Eve low-carb appetizers will fill that need with a bit more protein and definitely fewer carbs.
The focus is on enjoying the time with those you are with and creative New Year’s Eve appetizers will keep tummies happy while memories are being made.
Simple, easy New Year’s Eve appetizers can free you up to enjoy the evening and may encourage others to help in the preparation as well.
From the Duchess Potatoes With Garlic & Parmesan to Pull Apart Lobster Sliders With Garlic Chive Butter to Sticky BBQ Slow Cooker Meatballs the options are endless, there are some tasty choices for you to choose from.
You don’t want to miss #53, it’s a fan favorite that everyone absolutely loved, including the kids!
So whether your appetizers are plated or self-serve, themed or not, I hope this list of 55 recipes will result in a fun New Year’s Eve celebration!
Happy New Year’s everyone!
1. Mac & Cheese Bites With Bacon
To start off this epic list of New Year’s Eve appetizers, I present rich, cheesy little macaroni bites!
Pasta and cheese comfort food extraordinaire and will please everyone!
The mini size is just perfect!
My next New Year’s Eve appetizer finger foods recipe is New Year’s Eve Popcorn!
But not just any popcorn, but instead, this sparkly and decadent recipe that fits the theme of the night just beautifully.
It uses two kinds of chocolate chips and four different sprinkles and pearls.
Because everything should be gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!
This creative New Year’s Eve tapas instructs us to take dates, remove the pit, fill with goat cheese and a pecan, close together again, wrap a slice of bacon around and use a toothpick to secure it for baking.
Sweet and salty just met their match!
Warm is the best way to serve many New Year’s Eve appetizer ideas like this Jalapeno Popper Dip.
Everyday ingredients mixed together form a hot, but not spicy, dip that can be served with crackers or chips of any kind.
New Year’s Eve appetizer recipes tend to be a little more special than regular everyday appetizers.
Shrimp coated in a coconut breadcrumb topping and quickly fried to golden beauty is as close to perfection as one can get.
Everyone can enjoy a handful of these New Year’s Eve appetizers for kids.
Chex mix is one of those versatile appetizers that can be sweet or savory OR sweet and savory!
Here pretzel twists, caramel, Chex, popcorn, chocolate chips, and M&Ms are combined for tasty munching!
Fancy New Year’s Eve appetizer ideas would most definitely include these garlic parmesan Duchess Potatoes!
Fantastic flavor with a presentation that will impress!
There are lots of steps like baking and melting, mixing and blending, piping and baking yet again!
So pull out some piping supplies with a star tip and let’s get to baking!
These simple New Year’s Eve appetizers of Antipasto Skewers are pretty much like taking a charcuterie board and putting it on a stick.
Threaded onto the skewers are ingredients like olives, prosciutto, grape tomatoes, salami, mozzarella, basil, or artichoke hearts.
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and drizzle with balsamic glaze when ready to serve.
Here we have easy New Year’s Eve appetizers of Mini Quesadillas!
Saute together chicken, green onions, and taco seasonings.
Then to assemble, fill each tortilla with chicken and shredded cheese, and fold and toast in a pan with olive oil until crispy.
Just watch them disappear!
Small equals fun New Year’s Eve appetizers!
These cheese balls are small but loaded with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch seasoning mixed and formed into little balls.
Lastly, the balls are rolled in a bacon, chive, and pecan mixture.
New Year’s Eve low-carb appetizers could be sliced Cucumber Appetizers!
These classy and adorable tasty snacks are most definitely easy to assemble!
Start with circles of cucumbers to the thickness you desire and add the avocado mixture on top.
Garnish each one with a sun-dried tomato or roasted red pepper and fresh parsley.
As you know, avocado turns quickly so serving immediately is best.
As New Year’s Eve cold appetizers go, these are always popular with nary a leftover to be found!
Smooth and creamy, bright yellow, and completely irresistible when seasoned just right!
Toppings could be anything from paprika to sriracha to pimientos to bacon!
This entry among my creative New Year’s Eve appetizers is an excellent choice for any holiday gathering.
The three components of cheese, compote, and toppings all come together for this Apple Cranberry Baked Brie dip experience!
The compote can be made the day ahead which is super helpful.
Ah, what gathering is complete without the New Year’s Eve crockpot appetizers of chicken wings?
Worried because the wings will not be crispy?
Worry no more, because this recipe has them popped into the oven just before serving to get that nice crisp!
Like any salsa, there is a lot of chopping involved in this New Year’s Eve appetizers preparation.
Little shrimp tacos in corn tortillas are the perfect size for enjoyment close to the midnight hour!
Tailor the spice factor to your liking!
Perhaps the most thematic New Year’s Eve appetizer finger foods on this list are these Fried WonTon Clocks!
With a black edible ink marker, draw clocks onto the wonton wrappers before they are filled with flavored cream cheese and deep-fried.
Definite conversation starters!
Here mushrooms are stuffed with a crab mixture to create New Year’s Eve tapas.
The extravagant filling uses butter, green onions, red bell pepper, bread crumbs, crab meat, and seafood seasoning.
Once stuffed, top with Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!
18. Beet Hummus
Mediterranean New Year’s Eve appetizer recipes for the win as this hummus can be used as a dip or as a spread!
The beet used here is roasted in the oven, cooled, and put through the food processor before all the other ingredients are added.
For simple yet fancy New Year’s Eve appetizers, these adorable Caprese Bites threaded onto toothpicks look as beautiful as they taste.
Mini mozzarella balls, basil leaves, pepperoni, and cherry tomatoes with a drizzle of basil vinaigrette is a fantastic appetizer!
New Year’s Eve appetizers for kids typically have recognizable ingredients or they will not even give them a try.
So here we have tater tots wrapped in bacon and topped with cheddar cheese made in a mini muffin tin.
The kids will have to fend off the adults because everyone will love these!
Baked sweet potato rounds make fancy New Year’s Eve appetizers!
After baking, the toppings of goat cheese, candied walnuts or pecans, dried cranberries, wild honey, and some lemon zest make the magic!
When serving, fresh basil leaves and orange infused olive oil and balsamic glaze can be drizzled on top for a lovely look and a heavenly taste!
These simple savory lobster New Year’s Eve appetizers will be a hit!
The twenty-four mini muffin size bites are made with lobster tail meat, a creamy three-cheese sauce, macaroni, and a topping of breadcrumbs!
A mini-tutorial on cooking and cleaning a lobster tail is included!
My friend, this easy New Year’s Eve appetizer is maybe the easiest of them all!
Chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A placed atop a mini Eggos waffle drizzled with a syrup made from pepper jelly and maple syrup.
Stick a toothpick in each one and these will literally fly off the serving platter!
In the Italian mood but want more veggies?
Then this New Year’s Eve appetizer finger food is perfect!
Long stick quarters of zucchini are drizzled with olive oil and baked with an amazing seasoning mix of Parmesan and five spices!
A handful of toasted nuts can be so comforting as a New Year’s Eve low-carb appetizer!
This almond recipe uses olive oil, salt, and Spanish-style smoked hot paprika for seasoning.
Serve warm or cool.
These adorable shrimp and avocado bites are exquisite New Year’s Eve cold appetizers prepared in Japanese style!
Cucumber base, wasabi mayo, a slice of avocado, shrimp, grated radish, and a mint leaf!
Not only do these creative New Year’s Eve appetizers look amazing, but they also taste spectacular!
Mandarin orange slices dipped into melted dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt.
They are finger-friendly and the perfect bite size!
For sweet New Year’s Eve crockpot appetizers, consider this recipe for Cranberry Meatballs.
Yes, it is totally worth it to make your own, trust me.
This recipe has you wisely bake them for a bit so they do not fall apart in the slow cooker.
The sauce was caramelized into a delicious glaze.
An appetizer with protein is always welcome, so this New Year’s Eve appetizer recipe certainly makes the cut.
Chicken, pineapple, and maraschino cherries combined on a mini-skewer will please the whole bunch!
When tater tots are more your speed, this New Year’s Eve appetizer finger food is going to make you smile!
I mean, how can you go wrong when the recipe says put six tater tots on a skewer?
Bake the tater tots, cool, put on skewers, and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and bacon bits.
Bake a bit more and serve as is or with sour cream or ranch dressing.
A wonderful New Year’s Eve tapas option is these Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes which are perfect bite-size goodness!
Cherry tomatoes are filled with a goat luxurious cheese mixture.
Once on a serving plate, sprinkle chives on top and watch them disappear!
This lobster tail New Year’s Eve appetizer idea is unique and uses King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls.
Hollow out the center from the top, brush with herbed garlic butter and bake a bit.
Then fill each one with lobster meat coated in herbed butter.
33. Edamame Recipe
Edamame as a New Year’s Eve appetizer recipe is the best!
Boil water, add the soybeans for 5 minutes, drain, salt, and enjoy!
For a twist on the usual New Year’s Eve appetizers for kids, I submit to you Carrot Pigs In A Blanket.
Familiar, yet different!
Surprisingly sophisticated and kid-friendly with great seasonings!
35. Beet Chips
Hands down, of all the fancy New Year’s Eve appetizers recipes I studied, this one is the most fun and certainly unexpected.
Thinly sliced beets, coated in olive oil and salt, and baked in a single layer!
Homemade chips that are super tasty with a satisfying crunch and amazing color!
Dubbed the Million Dollar Dip, this simple addition to my New Year’s Eve appetizers list is well earned.
This creamy savory dip includes slivered almonds, bacon bits, cheddar cheese, green onion, garlic, and mayo.
It can be made ahead and pairs nicely with carrot sticks, celery, crackers, large corn chips, or pretzels.
Polenta, made of cornmeal, can be purchased pre-made and easily sliced to be topped as easy New Year’s Eve appetizers!
Here you add a dollop of delicious pesto and a lovely light tomato bruschetta and you are good to go!
A savory slice of bacon wrapped around a crunchy water chestnut is the gist of this fun New Year’s Eve appetizers recipe.
Cover them with the sweet sauce halfway through baking and oh baby, these are amazing!
If you love deviled eggs and you love guacamole then you will absolutely adore these New Year’s Eve low-carb appetizers, Guacamole Deviled Eggs!
These are familiar and yet very different from the usual by mixing in the egg yolks with the avocado, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, and seasonings!
Super easy to personalize to your preferred level of spice.
What do you get when you combine a slice of apple, cheese, arugula, and prosciutto?
A gluten-free New Year’s Eve cold appetizers recipe is what you get!
A classy bite and colorful too!
After trying this creative New Year’s Eve appetizers recipe with mini potatoes, bacon, and cheese, you may wonder how you lived without them!
These delicious bites can be made up to three days in advance and baked when needed.
Roast the potatoes, cool, carve out the middle to make the filling, and refill for the final bake!
If you prefer savory meatballs over sweet ones, these New Year’s Eve crockpot appetizers may become your new go-to recipe!
These could be made with ground beef or pork or turkey depending on your preference.
The slow cooker takes over after you add in the meatballs and bbq sauce.
Most lobster New Year’s Eve appetizers are considered top tier and none so much as this decadent Lobster Dip!
The yogurt and cheese puree is made, then lobster meat, cooked and drained baby spinach, brie cheese, chives, and parsley are added for baking.
Serve with flatbread or cut veggies and it just might be the talk of the night!
Need New Year’s Eve appetizer finger food to make a statement?
It doesn’t get any more adorable than a hard-boiled egg sliced in half and is used as a “bun” for a slider with bacon, cheese, and guacamole layered inside!
Secure with a toothpick and sprinkle with salt and pepper for a decidedly different and delicious keto appetizer!
45. Pineapple Salsa
One favorite among the fruit New Year’s Eve appetizer ideas is this Pineapple Salsa.
Slicing and dicing all the ingredients along with a grilled pineapple thrown in really makes this multipurpose salsa pop!
Salty tortilla chips pair perfectly.
Unique dips are always a welcome addition to a collection of New Year’s Eve appetizer recipes!
This Pumpkin Spice Fruit Dip is ideal to serve with fresh apples!
Clear instructions are unique but definitely a must to follow!
Many folks love the idea of the charcuterie board as fancy New Year’s Eve appetizers.
This recipe is a Spanish take on a cheese board.
Unique cheeses, meats, and sauces combine for a winning presentation!
It Is hard to compete with simple New Year’s Eve appetizers like this classic Spinach Artichoke Dip.
It is deliciously creamy, cheesy, and oven-baked!
Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, pita bread, or baguette slices.
Popcorn may seem like a kids’ appetizer but as fun New Year’s Eve appetizers go, this Taco Popcorn recipe is zippy and definitely grown-up!
Simply use a little butter or non-dairy buttery spread before tossing in the seasonings!
It uses Tex-Mex flavors along with a little lime zest and nutritional yeast.
Tex-Mex flavors lend themselves to easy creative New Year’s Eve appetizers!
This ring is made with crescent rolls and filled with savory ground beef and cheese before baking.
Super helpful video shows how to make and plate it with guacamole and salsa.
If impressing the guests is the goal, these fancy New Year’s Eve appetizers of Shrimp Ceviche Verde will absolutely do so.
A beautifully chopped combination of a cucumber mixture is spooned into a clear serving cup or shot glass, topped with shrimp and lime zest!
Meatballs are an absolute must for New Year’s Eve low-carb appetizers goodness!
The ground beef mixture is formed into balls around a one-inch piece of whole milk mozzarella string cheese.
Broil, pour marinara on, sprinkle with mozzarella, bake and garnish with chopped parsley.
Let’s face it, pizza cravings happen even when getting close to midnight on New Year’s Eve!
So let’s consider New Year’s Eve appetizer recipes with staying power!
Bake mozzarella cheese slices with pepperoni on top for a few minutes before sprinkling on Italian seasoning, rolling them up, and serving with marinara sauce!
For simple New Year’s Eve appetizers that are a bit more filling, consider these Baked Ham & Cheese Sliders made on sweet Hawaiian rolls.
Swiss is commonly used with ham but adding white cheddar takes it to the next level!
The addictive part is the melted butter with Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and poppy seeds that is generously brushed on top before baking.
It is a long-standing tradition to have nuts as an appetizer and that is great because they are the perfect easy New Year’s Eve appetizers make-ahead option!
Start with almonds, pecans, walnuts, and macadamia nuts, coat with coconut oil, and roast on a baking sheet.
Cool completely, add salt and chocolate chips, and they’re done!
It’s a win for everyone!
The bottom line
Whew, that was a tremendous amount of New Year’s Eve appetizers!
It only comes round once a year, so I hope you feel fully armed and ready to plan for and make some wonderful New Year’s Eve appetizer recipes!
Top 55 BEST New Year’s Eve Appetizers 🥂
NYE only comes round once a year, it’s time to get ready to plan to make these 55 easy New Year’s Eve appetizers!
- Mac & Cheese Bites With Bacon
- Sparkly New Year's Eve Popcorn
- Bacon Wrapped Dates With Goat Cheese
- Jalapeno Popper Dip
- Coconut Shrimp
- Caramel Chex Mix
- Duchess Potatoes With Garlic & Parmesan
- Antipasto Skewers
- Mini Quesadillas
- Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites
- Avocado Goat Cheese Cucumber Appetizers
- Mom's Classic Southern Deviled Eggs
- Apple Cranberry Baked Brie
- Slow Cooker Chicken Wings
- Spicy Shrimp Tacos With Mango Salsa
- Fried WonTon Clocks
- Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
- Beet Hummus
- Pepperoni Caprese Bites With Basil Vinaigrette
- Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots
- Sweet Potato Rounds With Goat Cheese Appetizers
- Lobster Mac & Cheese Bites
- Mini Chicken & Waffles Party Bites
- Baked Parmesan Zucchini
- Spanish Spiced Almonds Tapa
- Japanese Shrimp & Avocado Appetizers
- Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
- Cranberry Meatballs In A Crockpot
- Sticky Sweet Chicken Appetizer
- Loaded Tater Tot Skewers
- Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
- Pull Apart Lobster Sliders With Garlic Chive Butter
- Edamame Recipe
- Carrot Pigs In A Blanket Recipe
- Beet Chips
- Million Dollar Dip
- Pesto Polenta Bites With Tomato Bruschetta
- Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnut
- Guacamole Deviled Eggs
- Prosciutto-Wrapped Apple Bites
- Twice Baked Potato Bites
- Sticky BBQ Slow Cooker Meatballs
- Baked Lobster & Brie Dip
- Keto Appetizer—Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sliders
- Pineapple Salsa
- Pumpkin Spice Fruit Dip
- Spanish Cheese Board
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Taco Popcorn With Chili Powder & Lime
- Crescent Roll Taco Ring
- Shrimp Ceviche Verde
- Keto Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
- Keto Pizza Roll Ups
- Baked Ham & Cheese Sliders With Poppy Seed Butter
- Low Carb Keto Sweet & Salty Trail Mix
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