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.

Collage of four appetizer recipes, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pastries, Warm Crab Dip, Whiskey-Glazed Cocktail Meatballs, and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms.

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 New Year’s Eve 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!

This article was written by contributing author Jennifer Partridge. Jennifer is a freelance writer, artist, teacher, and experienced cook who has perfected a delicious gluten-free lifestyle. You’ll find her food articles and advice on gluten-free substitutions throughout the website.

Favorite Appetizers for New Year's Eve

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.