The Best Appetizer Ideas & Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Are you ready to celebrate the New Year? Whether you’re celebrating solo or gathering with loved ones, it never hurts to have a few munchable treats and a tempting sip on hand. After all, food is festive! Here are some of our favorite appetizer ideas and cocktails to consider for your celebration.

Christmas Punch is a cocktail recipe with cranberry juice for the holidays
Slow Cooker Punch from Mantitlement

Happy New Year! As we ring in the new year, it’s always fun to celebrate with delicious appetizers and cocktails. Here are some of our top picks for the best appetizers and cocktails to serve at your New Year’s Eve celebration this year.

New Year’s Appetizer Ideas

When it comes to choosing the best appetizers for a New Year’s Eve party, there are a few key factors to consider. Choose appetizers that are easy to eat and won’t require utensils, as guests will likely be mingling and socializing while they snack. Bite-sized options like sliders, skewers, or dips are great choices for this reason.

It’s also a good idea to choose a mix of sweet and savory options, as well as vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to accommodate a range of tastes and dietary preferences. We recommend choosing appetizers that can be prepared in advance, so that you can focus on enjoying the celebration rather than spending all your time in the kitchen.

photo of mini baked crab cakes with sriracha sauce on a plate

Mini Crab Cakes

These bite-sized crab cakes are the perfect mix of creamy and crispy, and are sure to be a hit with your guests. Made with lump crab meat, yogurt, lemon, gluten-free panko and topped with a spicy sriracha sauce, these bite-sized appetizers are seriously delicious!

A wheel of melted baked brie cheese topped with red cranberry sauce.

Baked Brie with Cranberry and Pecan Topping

This warm and gooey appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser. A warm, savory and gooey baked brie recipe with tart and sweet cranberries is the best way to use up Christmas leftovers. You won’t find a better festive appetizer idea than this!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This classic dip is always a hit and can be served with chips, crackers, or veggies for dipping. This easy Spinach Artichoke Dip can be whipped up in minutes and then cooked in a slow cooker until hot and bubbly.

Deviled eggs on a serving platter

Deviled Eggs

These classic appetizers are easy to make and always a hit. You can jazz them up by adding a variety of toppings, such as bacon, chives, or sriracha. This easy deviled eggs recipe uses perfectly cooked Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs that are then turned into a delightful appetizer in minutes. For even more ideas, be sure to check out our post on the best deviled eggs recipes.

crab stuffed mushroom on white platter

Stuffed Mushrooms

These Crab Stuffed Mushrooms are one of our favorite, easy appetizer recipes. A creamy crab and pepper filling topped with crispy, buttery breadcrumbs. For a vegetarian option, you might also love these stuffed mushrooms with coconut bacon from Jessica in the Kitchen.

A white serving deep dish of meatballs with a spoon.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

These bite-sized meatballs can be made with a variety of meats and sauces, and are perfect for dipping. Grape Jelly Meatballs are a fun, retro appetizer that everyone will devour! Tender, well-seasoned meatballs glazed with a killer sauce that’s sweet, spicy, savory, and sure to please. 

These bites of roasted balsamic tomato crostini are incredibly easy to make and will be one of your favorite appetizers to make for years to come!

Crostini with Ricotta and Roasted Tomatoes

These elegant crostini are topped with creamy ricotta and sweet roasted tomatoes, and are a sophisticated addition to any appetizer spread. Roasted balsamic tomato crostini will make your appetizer table feel fancy but are super easy to put together.

Easy New Year’s Cocktail Ideas

There are a few key factors that make a cocktail ideal for a New Year’s Eve party. Choose a cocktail that is easy to make and can be prepared in advance, so that you can focus on enjoying the celebration rather than spending all your time behind the bar. Large-batch cocktails like punches and sangrias are great options for this reason.

It’s also a good idea to choose a mix of sweet and refreshing cocktails, as well as cocktails that can be served up or on the rocks, to accommodate a range of tastes and preferences. Don’t forget to choose cocktails that are visually appealing and festive – after all, New Year’s Eve is all about celebrating and having fun! We have even more ideas in our Christmas cocktails round-up if you want to check that out.

three holiday aperol spritz cocktails - a dark orange drink with orange slices and rosemary garnish

Aperol Spritz

Whether it’s Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava, nothing says “celebration” quite like a glass of sparkling wine. This classic aperol spritz is made with bubbly Prosecco, which can easily be subbed for Champagne if that is your preference.

Two colorful cocktails in round glasses.

Gin Fizz

A classic cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda, and is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This Winter Cranberry Gin Fizz Cocktail is a twist on a classic gin fizz, made with an easy rosemary infused simple syrup and only a few ingredients! 

Spiced Apple Cider Moscow Mule Cocktail

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

This refreshing cocktail is made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, and is served in a copper mug to keep it extra cold. In this version, seasonal apple cider, Fireball whiskey and dark rum are added to make a refreshing drink that goes down smooth and easy.

Campfire Milk Punch is a creamy cocktail made with bourbon

Campfire Milk Bourbon Punch

Campfire Milk Punch is the perfect, boozy cocktail for sitting by the fire on New Years! Made with Rumchata, bourbon, cream and fresh nutmeg grated on top this easy cocktail tastes like an adult, melted milkshake.

Naughty and Nice Cocktail in a clear glass.

Naughty and Nice Cocktail

Is there are more perfectly named cocktail for the holiday season? We think not! This easy cocktail is made with whiskey, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and orange juice for a blend of sweet and tangy flavors

Two glasses of Southern Comfort eggnog, topped with whipped cream, in rimmed glasses, with cinnamon sticks surrounding them, and two wine glasses with Southern Comfort eggnog in the background

Southern Comfort Eggnog

Sweet, creamy, and decadent, with the perfect kick of SoCo, this Southern Comfort Eggnog recipe is the official drink of sweater weather. Cozy and delicious!

Two French 76 cocktails

French 76

This sparkling cocktail is a fizzy and festive drink perfect for celebrating. Made with champagne and vodka, it gets a hint of sweetness from maple syrup and is served with a ruby-red maraschino cherry.

Hot toddy in a glass mug

Hot Toddy

Warm and cozy, with fresh lemon, a bit of sweet honey, and a little kick of spicy ginger, this hot toddy is the perfect cold-weather drink. Enjoy it sans alcohol, or add a splash of bourbon (or brandy or dark rum) for a boozy kick.

Tips for Planning the Perfect New Year’s Party

There are a few key tips to keep in mind when planning the best New Year’s Eve celebration.

  • Budget: First, make sure to plan ahead and set a budget so that you can enjoy the evening without stressing about the details.
  • Number of People: Next, consider the number of guests you will have and plan accordingly – whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a large party, it’s important to have enough food, drinks, and entertainment to keep everyone happy.
  • Decorations: Don’t forget to decorate your space to get everyone in the celebratory mood – think streamers, balloons, and other festive touches.
  • Safety First: Finally, make sure to have a plan for getting home safely after the celebration – whether it’s arranging for designated drivers or booking a ride-sharing service, it’s important to prioritize safety on this special evening.

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to have a fun and memorable New Year’s Eve celebration! No matter what appetizers and cocktails you choose to serve, the most important thing is to have fun and ring in the new year with friends and loved ones.

Cheers to a happy and healthy new year! For even more recipe ideas, be sure to check out our handy dandy recipe finder.

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