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New Year’s Appetizer Ideas

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Planning to have family or friends over to celebrate the New Year? Or just looking for something outside the box to enjoy yourself? See these New Year's Appetizer Ideas to serve for your party, game night or movie marathon!

Whether you're going out on the town to celebrate the new year with a group of friends, or just hanging out at home, chances are you might have a special food, activity, or fun idea in mind to ring in the new year. New Years Day is all about new beginnings and a fresh start. Its a great time to do something even if it's just for you!

We typically serve appetizers if we are planning to hang out till midnight. Light foods such as sweets, finger foods, and snacks are great to enjoy for the long evening hours. While NYE is known for being a holiday for champaigne and cocktails, we actually keep it pretty low key with just some of our favorite sodas, sparkling juice and some winter treats such as hot cocoa. We are more into the snacks and treats!

New Year's Appetizer Ideas:

We've put together a list of New Years Eve appetizer ideas including hot foods you can serve in a slow cooker or hot skillet.

While NYE is traditionally finger foods that everyone can graze on, we also like to provide some protein-filled snacks so guests don't get too hungry! Check out Savory and Sweet snacks, and also some sugar free and light meal options too.

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Savory Snacks:

Chances are, for New Year's Appetizer ideas you want something savory to munch on. See some of our favorites below.

Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Pretzels

These pretzels have a delicious and unexpected herb flavor. They are one of our favorites for a salty snack. Serve them at room temp in a pretty serving dish.

Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Pretzels 2

Cowboy Ranch Cheese-Its If you need something with a kick, try these flavorful Cheese-Its. Ranch is one of those flavors that will have everyone coming back for more!

Cowboy Ranch Cheese-its Final

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

For a hot food idea, homemade Mozarella Sticks are so much better than the storebought versions. And, you can make these ahead and just keep warm on a cookie tray in the oven. Serve with Ranch, Marianara, or even a cheese dip.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

This is one of the more sophisticated appetizers on our list. While it's best served hot, you can also add it to a bread bowl and let it cool to room temperature. Serve with Pita chips, tortilla chips, or bread slices.

Easy 7-Layer Dip

Have a Tex Mex or Mexican theme? This 7 Layer Dip is a classic! We love this one with tortilla chips or scoops.

Easy 7 Layer Dip

Cowboy Queso Dip

Another hot dip, this Cowboy Queso is actually one you can make in the skillet on the stove, in the oven, or even on the grill! Add peppers to taste and choose whether you want it spicy or extra hot!

queso dip

Homemade Guacamole

This dip is served cold, and usually best if there's a good sized crowd to finish it up in a short time frame. For an easy hack for leaving homemade guacamole out and keeping it fresh for longer, set the dip bowl inside a larger bowl with crushed ice cubes. The ice will keep your guac fresh for longer, and keep its color!

homemade guacamole

Appetizer Ideas -Sweet Treats:

If you're in charge of bringing a dessert or want something sweet to balance out the salty snacks, these desserts are easy finger foods that require little or no dishes. Perfect for the come-and-go New Year's events.

Milky Way Caramel Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow, no matter what flavor, is always a hit! This cereal treat is coated with chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar and definitely one that you want to keep snacking on. Try this Milky Way version for a fun twist!

Rice Crispy Rolls

The family famous rice krispie roll is one of our favorites. It's basically the classic rice krispie treat recipe, covered in chocolate, and rolled. This one is also a favorite to take on trips, since it's something with chocolate but travels well!

Milk Chocolate Ritz Bars

They may not be the prettiest dessert to look at, but these Milk Chocolate Ritz Bars are absolutely delicious. The Ritz crackers offer a little bit of saltiness to balance out the milk chocolate. These don't contain coconut like traditional magic bars, so they are great if you have nut or tree-nut allergies to think about!

Snacks that can double as light meals:

One thing we always try to think of, with lots of kids around, is what to eat for dinner! They get hungry and snack foods aren't filling for long.

An actual main dish sometimes helps to keep everyone full, and these recipes below are easy to serve and double as main dishes and finger foods.

Instant Pot Sticky Ginger Drumsticks

ginger drumsticks

Gluten Free Southwest Wrap

Gluten Fre Southwest Wrap

Tuna Caprese Avocado Toast

Tuna Caprese Avocado Toast

Instant Pot Asian Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Asian Chicken Wings finished (1 of 1)

Appetizer Ideas- Sugar Free/Low Carb:

Low Carb Sugar Free Cinnamon Pecans

Low Carb Sugar Free Candied Pecans Pinterest

DIY Banana Chips

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