Whether you're hosting your own party or headed to a friend's, one of our favorite, easy-to-make appetizers for New Year's Eve is sure to fit the bill.

Appetizers for New Year's Eve

If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, delicious easy to serve and eat appetizers are a must. Try making an assortment in place of a full meal, or pick one or two to serve before your dinner. Here are some tips that should help with your planning.

How Many Appetizers Do I Need for A Party?

Appetizers are portioned as “bites”, essentially one bite-sized serving. When calculating how much food to prepare and which appetizers to make there are a few things to consider:

  • How many guests are you expecting? A small gathering of 8 to 10 guests calls for 3 different appetizers. A larger group of 15 to 25 people requires 4 to 5 different appetizers, whereas a large group of 50 or more would need 8.
  • What time will your guests arrive? If your guests’ wait time between their arrival and a meal is an hour or less, plan to serve 3 to 4 bites per person. If you plan on extra time for socializing and your guests will be waiting closer to 2 hours, then plan on 5 to 7 bites per person.
  • Will you be serving a meal? A general rule is to serve 6 bites per person if a meal is being served, and 18 to 20 bites per person if the appetizers are replacing a meal. If you're not serving a meal, prepare multiple portions of the same appetizer, keep them warm or chilled in the kitchen, and refill serving dishes when necessary.
  • Will alcohol be served? Alcohol increases the amount your guests will eat. Experts recommend doubling the per person bites when alcohol is being served.

Tips for Choosing Appetizer Recipes

Creating a balanced appetizer menu is relatively simple. Just select one appetizer from each of the categories below and if your appetizer recipe combines more than one category, use the main ingredient to classify it.

  • Meat
  • Fish or shellfish
  • Cheese
  • Vegetables or fruit

With these tips in mind you should be well on your way to hosting a stress-free celebration with a few of our best appetizers for New Year's Eve!

Favorite Appetizers for New Year's Eve

Here's eight popular appetizer recipes, perfect for a New Year's Eve celebration or a cocktail party any time of year.

Warm Crab Dip

An elegant addition to any party menu, this dip is a deliciously simple combination of lump crab meat, cream cheese, sour cream, shallots and red bell pepper.

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pastry Bites

An easy appetizer recipe of puff pastry cups filled with sautéed mushrooms, shallots and goat cheese that can be made in advance and reheated just before serving.

Whiskey-Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

Coated in a sweet and tangy sauce made with ketchup, brown sugar, apricot jam and honey-whiskey, these oven-baked cocktail meatballs are easy to prepare and make a hit at any party.

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Bites

A simple, no-cook appetizer of crisp cucumber rounds topped with slices of smoked salmon and a mixture of cream cheese, lemon and fresh dill.

Fig and Goat Cheese Bites

Looking for an easy, no-cook appetizer that everyone will love? Try these fresh figs topped with goat cheese, a drizzle of honey and a pinch of salt.

Caprese Salad Skewers

A simple twist on a traditional Caprese salad, these colorful skewers of ripe cherry tomatoes, fragrant basil and fresh mozzarella are an easy, no-cook appetizer that looks every bit as good as it tastes.

Creamy Blue Cheese and Onion Crostini

Served on crackers or rounds of toasted baguette, this creamy spread is made with blue cheese, cream cheese and honey and topped with thin-sliced, sautéed red onion.

Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Mushrooms

A tasty appetizer of bite-sized, baby portobellos (cremini) filled with sauteed spinach and sun dried tomatoes and topped with melted Asiago cheese.