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70 Recipes For The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party

Planning a New Year’s Eve party? Get appetizers, drinks, and desserts in this 70 Recipes For The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party list.

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I love New Year’s Eve. It’s a great day to just party and end the year with a bang. When the clock strikes midnight, you can start over. Everything from the year before is gone and you can be a completely different person.

At least, that’s how it usually works. But when 2020 turns into 2021, we may still all be carrying a lot of baggage into the new year.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the hope that a new year brings. Even if that celebration only happens with the people living in our household.

Usually, we host a party every year, and our New Year’s Eve party is never a sit down type of party. Our guests are up, socializing, drinking, mingling … and appetizers are perfect for that. And bite-sized desserts.

Anything you can pop in your mouth is best. And no New Year’s Eve party would be complete without cocktails (or mocktails, if you’re like me and you don’t drink alcohol).

This year, it’s just us. But I’m still gonna do it up with snacks and desserts and drinks. Because the two of us deserve a party after making it through this year.

So I have a huge list of 70 recipes for the ultimate New Year’s Eve Party. There’s New Year’s Eve appetizers, New Year’s Eve desserts, and New Year’s Eve cocktails..

70 Recipes For The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party

If you want to get the full recipe for any of these, just click the name of the recipe to be brought to that page.

New Year’s Eve Appetizers

To make this easier for you to plan your menu, I’m splitting the appetizers into appetizers with meat and appetizers without meat.

Appetizers With Meat

Wonton Taco Cups are a really fun one bite appetizer or snack dinner recipe. Top with sour cream, green onions, and more.
Wonton Taco Cups

Tacos are not an appetizer unless you make them in wonton wrappers. Wonton wrappers crumble a lot less than taco shells do, making these super easy to eat.

Prosciutto Bread (aka Lard Bread) is a really popular Italian bread. Find out how to make it on
Prosciutto Bread

It’s impossible for me to make enough Prosciutto Bread. People inhale this. Set it out with a bread knife next to it, or cut it into slices ahead of time. However you serve it, just anticipate it going quickly.

This Goat Cheese Prosciutto Lingonberry Jam Bruschetta is the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Get the recipe at
Goat Cheese Prosciutto Lingonberry Jam Bruschetta

Bruschetta is great, but too often, it’s typical and boring. Not this version. The goat cheese, prosciutto, and lingonberry jam are in perfect harmony, making this a really tasty app.

Wonton Pizza Cups are a really fun party appetizer. Find out how to make them on
Wonton Pizza Cups

These pizza cups are one bite of pizza in a crispy wonton shell.

Looking for the perfect party appetizer? Make these pigs in a blanket from
Pigs In A Blanket

Pigs In A Blanket are my favorite appetizer. I love them so much that I used to joke about wanting to serve them at my future wedding. I didn’t, but I do serve them at basically every party.

Want a great homegating recipe? Check out these pulled chicken nachos from It's a great slow cooker chicken recipe!!
Pulled Chicken Nachos

Nachos are an amazing appetizer. They’re a little hard for large gatherings, but when it’s only the two of you and you can eat out of the pan, nachos are great.

Jalapeno Cheddar Sliders

These tasty sliders are so easy to grab and go. They’re made from ground chicken, not ground beef, and have a ton of flavor from the chopped jalapenos inside.

Corn Dog Muffins are the perfect snack dinner or potluck recipe. Get the recipe at
Corn Dog Muffins

Corn dogs are not an appetizer until you make them in a muffin pan. Then, they’re the perfect easy app.

Spice up your life with these Jalapeno Jelly Meatballs. Get the recipe at
Jalapeno Jelly Meatballs

Homemade jalapeno jelly is the best coating for these frozen meatballs. You can save any extra jelly as a sauce for pasta.

What are you grilling this weekend? How about these tasty chicken teriyaki wings from
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Wings

Everyone loves wings. And everyone will love these chicken teriyaki wings made with homemade teriyaki sauce.

Bacon-wrapped Cocktail Wieners are the perfect keto appetizer. They're also a great gluten-free snack. Get the recipe at
Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners

Meat, more meat, and sugar makes these perfect cocktail wieners. They’re one of Drugstore Divas’ top recipe posts every month, so they’ll definitely be a top recipe at your party.

These Sweet And Spicy Jelly Meatballs are the perfect party appetizer. They're really easy to make too. Get the recipe at
Sweet & Spicy Jelly Meatballs

Ditch that grape jelly meatball recipe for these sweet and spicy jelly meatballs. They’re not as sweet as the grape jelly version and have the slightest kick to them that everyone will enjoy.

Need the perfect potluck appetizer? Go with these Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites. Get the recipe at
Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites

Let your slow cooker do all the work for these BBQ sausage bites. Just cut the sausage, pour in the liquids, and the slow cooker does the rest.

Looking for an easy homegating snack idea? Check out this Loaded Beef Nachos recipe from
Loaded Beef Nachos

These loaded beef nachos are basically a large walking taco, which is such a crowd pleaser. All you might need to add is a little hot sauce.

You'll be the hit of your next party if you bring this Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring. Get the recipe at
Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring

This crescent ring appetizer is always a big hit. You can cut it ahead of time or you can leave out a bread knife and let your guests cut pieces themselves.

Filled wonton wrappers on a tray with the words "Jalapeño Popper Wonton Cups" digitally written on top.
Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups

Jalapeno poppers are cool, jalapeno poppers in wonton wrappers are better. You can easily grab one of these, pop in it your mouth, and keep enjoying the party.

Homemade Taco Bowls

These homemade corn taco shells are shaped in a muffin pan, then filled with your favorite taco toppings.

Be the hit of the party when you serve these Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roll Ups. They're the perfect one bite appetizer.
Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roll Ups

These grilled eggplant roll ups are filled with prosciutto and mozzarella, and will fill your party guest’s stomachs with joy.

Looking for a tasty twist on nachos? Check out these Fully Loaded Totchos from
Fully Loaded Totchos

Totchos are the best parts about nachos, but with tater tots instead of nacho chips as the base.

These Slow Cooker Sweet And Sour Meatballs are the perfect party appetizer. Get the recipe at
Slow Cooker Sweet And Spicy Meatballs

Habanero BBQ sauce and red pepper jelly make the perfect coating for these meatballs — which are so easy to make because the slow cooker does all the work.

Air Fryer Pizza Rolls are such a simple way to make homemade pizza rolls in minutes. Get the recipe on
Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

This pizza rolls recipe is made with mini pepperoni slices inside, although you can make it meatless if you want.

Looking for the perfect party appetizer? Make these bacon-wrapped crackers topped with brown sugar from They're great for bridal showers.
Bacon-Wrapped Crackers Topped With Brown Sugar

These crackers wrapped in bacon are my ultimate party recipe. Every time I bring them somewhere, people inhale them. Heck, we eat a huge amount of them before they even make it out the door.

Appetizers Without Meat

Wonton mozzarella sticks on a tray with a bowl of marinara sauce in the back and the words "Air Fryer Wonton Mozzarella Sticks" digitally written above them.
Air Fryer Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

There’s no meat in these Air Fryer Wonton Mozzarella Sticks, although you could add some pepperoni if you really wanted. If not, just keep these mozzarella sticks classic.

Tater tots with cheese, tomatoes, and basil in a pan with the words "Bruschetta Totchos" digitally written on top.
Bruschetta Totchos

Frozen Tater Tots are topped with mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and basil to make this fun twist on bruschetta.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Microwaving this spinach and artichoke dip makes it so easy to make. Just set some chips (tortilla or pita) next to the dip to make it easy to eat.

Deviled Eggs With Tajin are a (literally) sweet twist to traditional Deviled Eggs. Get the recipe at
Deviled Eggs With Tajin

A dozen hardboiled eggs never makes enough deviled eggs, even just for the two of us. So when you’re making these deviled eggs, be sure to make way more than you expect you’ll need.

Avocado Toast Bruschetta is the perfect party appetizer. It's vegan too! Find out how to make it at
Avocado Toast Bruschetta

Avocado Toast is so popular, so I turned it into a bruschetta appetizer. It is always a big hit, so now I have to make it for every party.

A perfect potluck appetizer is this Kale Pesto Bruschetta. Get the recipe at
Kale Pesto Bruschetta

Kale Pesto is, arguably, my favorite recipe Pete has ever come up with. I just lather it on bread. And that’s, basically, how this bruschetta was born.

A guacamole cup on a plate with the words "Guacamole Wonton Cups" digitally written on top.
Guacamole Wonton Cups

Make your favorite guacamole and, instead of serving it with chips, serve it in wonton cups. You get all the tastes of guac and dip without all the community dipping.

These Pizza Cones are the perfect party appetizer. Find out how to make them on
Pizza Cones

These pizza cones are under the “appetizers without meat” category, but you can fill them with pepperoni too if you wanted.

Parmesan Potato Rounds are a really tasty party appetizer. Get the recipe at
Parmesan Potato Rounds

Potato rounds are a delicious alternative to plain potato chips. They’re a little more substantial and easy to whip up at home.

This Super Spicy Weight Watchers Salsa is zero Weight Watchers Freestyle points. It's a great snack for when you're dieting. Get the recipe at
Super Spicy Salsa

This version of my homemade salsa is incredibly spicy. If you want less spice, I advice you go with this mild salsa recipe instead. Either way, they’re better than jarred salsa for sure.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect holiday appetizer. Get the recipe at
Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are a lot easier to make than you think. This vegetarian version is pretty simple to execute. I promise.

Your garden tomatoes will taste great in these Mini Tomato Pies. Get the recipe at
Mini Tomato Pies

These bite-sized tomato pies taste like summer, even if it is the middle of winter when you’re throwing your New Year’s Eve party.

Hungry for eggplant parmesan but don't have the time to make it? Make these Breaded Eggplant Parmesan Bites from instead.
Breaded Eggplant Parmesan Bites

Eggplant parm is way too much work for a party appetizer, but this breaded bite-size version is perfect. Just make a lot. It’s easy to pop a half dozen of these in your mouth in one swoop.

If you want a unique one-bite appetizer, check out these Broccoli Rabe Crostinis from
Broccoli Rabe Crostinis

Pete loves broccoli rabe, so I designed these crostinis with him in mind. He was so happy with them, so we make them any time broccoli rabe is in season (or when we can get it imported from New York).

Garlic bread knots on a plate with the words "Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins" digitally written on top.
Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Muffins

These pull apart muffins replace grilled cheese whenever I make tomato soup, mostly because they’re so much fun to eat.

Ten rolls surrounding marinara sauce that's in a bowl with the words "Pizza Bombs" digitally written on top.
Pizza Bombs

These Pizza Bombs are basically a portable bite of pizza. And who wouldn’t want that at a party?

Once you make this Homemade Chunky Guacamole, you'll never go back to blended, store bought guacamole. Get the recipe at
Homemade Chunky Guacamole

Guac is my favorite dip, if you can call it a dip. Everyone is always asking for this chunky guac recipe, so you know it’s a hit.

If you want the perfect summer salad, try this Mango Salsa from It goes with all your summer meals and is perfect for backyard BBQ's.
Mango Salsa

It doesn’t get much easier than this mango salsa. Just chop up some fruit and onions, drizzle some lemon juice, and you’re ready to go.

Four mini lasagna cupcakes in wonton wrappers with the words "Lasagna Cups With Wonton Wrappers" digitally written on top.
Lasagna Cups

Wonton wrappers are the perfect vessel for an easy app. These ones are deliciously filled with lasagna (spinach, cheese, and sauce).

New Year’s Eve Desserts

Cannoli dip in a pink bowl that's on a tray filled with waffle cone pieces with powdered sugar on them and the words "Cannoli Dip" digitally written on top.
Cannoli Dip

Homemade cannolis are delicious, but stuffing the cannolis is so much work. So I would much rather make this cannoli dip and serve it with crushed ice cream cones.

Chocolate-Dipped Rolo Stuffed Ritz Crackers is the perfect easy dessert. It takes under 10 minutes! Get the recipe at
Chocolate-Dipped Rolo Stuffed Ritz Crackers

These stuffed Ritz crackers are so easy to make. And if you decorate them with white and gold sprinkles, they look like they’re ready to ring in the new year.

Looking for a simple and tasty treat? Check out this Rocky Road Fudge from It's only four ingredients!
Rocky Road Fudge

Rocky Road Fudge is usually one of the treats on my mom’s Christmas cookie platter, so we always have whatever is left as a dessert on New Year’s Eve. So to me, this is the ultimate NYE treat.

These DIY Chocolate Bonbons Wedding Favors are the perfect edible wedding favor. Find out how to make them at
Chocolate Bonbons

These bonbons are such an easy and pretty treat. Use a yellow candy melt as decoration because it looks like gold and these are absolutely dressed for New Year’s Eve.

Looking for a great bridal shower dessert? My pick would be mini bundt cakes (with a chocolate drizzle, of course). Get the recipe and instructions on how to make them at
Mini Bundt Cakes

These mini bundt cakes are the perfect one-bite dessert. People will be walking by and popping them in their mouths all night long.

You don't have to buy candy bar wedding favors. Instead, make these Homemade Crunch Bar Wedding Favors. Get the recipe at
Homemade Nestle Crunch Bars

Nestle Crunch Bars are my favorite checkout aisle chocolate, so of course, I had to learn to make my own. Since you cut them into bite-sized pieces, they’re perfect for parties.

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Edible Glitter-Dipped Marshmallows

Given the chance, I could probably eat an entire bag of marshmallows myself. So if I saw them at a party, I would love it. These ones are decked out in edible glitter, giving them the perfect New Year’s Eve sparkle.

Looking for an easy and tasty bridal shower dessert? Try these homemade pudding cups from They're perfect for bridal showers.
Homemade Pudding Cups

Homemade pudding is so easy to make and it tastes so much better than a packet you buy in the store. Dress it up with whipped cream and chocolate chips for a fancy NYE dessert.

If you're looking for a tasty DIY wedding favor, go with this Bacon Caramel Popcorn Wedding Favor from
Bacon Caramel Popcorn

Pete loves when I make popcorn, but if you’re making it for a party, you have to dress it up a little. Bacon and caramel is a great way to do that.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls

Cookies are cool, but have you have chocolate chip cookie bowls? You can bake them ahead of time, which makes your life easier. Then, just fill them when you’re ready to serve them.

These Mardi Gras Meringues will be the hit of your Mardi Gras party. Get the recipe for this fun Mardi Gras dessert on
Homemade Meringue Cookies

Don’t mind that these meringue cookies say Mardi Gras in the photo. They’re just the most basic meringue cookie we’ve posted. You can change the colors up to whatever you want for your NYE party.

A tasty homemade wedding favor idea is always a good choice. And these Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites Wedding Favors are perfect. Get the recipe at
Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites

These banana bites are mostly banana, so they feel better for you. You can make them ahead of time and vary the toppings so everyone is happy.

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes are so easy to make at home. One batch and you'll be hooked. Get the recipe at
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

The first time I made these donut holes, everyone ate them so quickly. Plus, they’re a better party dessert than a full donut. And the sugar sparkles on them, making them great for New Year’s.

These layered chocolate mint bars are the perfect treat for your sweet tooth AND are only 2 ingredients. Get the recipe at
Layered Chocolate Mint Bars

If you love Andes Mints, you’ll love this homemade version. Plus, they really look so pretty laid out for your party guests.

Satisfy your sweet and salty craving with Potato Chip Chocolate Bark. Get the recipe at
Potato Chip Chocolate Bark

The perfect match of salty and sweet comes with this potato chip chocolate bark. It’s so much better to make in the winter because the bark won’t melt, so it’s great for New Year’s Eve.

These Puff Pastry S'mores Bites are a perfect one-bite dessert. Get the recipe at
Puff Pastry S’mores Bites

S’mores are usually a summer treat, but not when you make this puff pastry version. This is perfect for winter parties, like New Year’s Eve.

Slow Cooker Candy

If you’re not already using your slow cooker to make some of the apps from the other list, use it to make candy to serve as a NYE dessert.

Two Ingredient Nutella Crescents
Nutella Crescents

You only need two ingredients to make these Nutella Crescents — and I’m pretty sure you can guess what those are.

Peanut butter lovers will rejoice over these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. You'll rejoice over how easy they are.
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Any peanut butter fans will be happy to see this cookie on your dessert table. And if you’re a peanut butter fan, I bet you won’t mind if there are leftovers.

Up your cookie game with these Happy Cookies (rolled oat cookie bars topped with chocolate and nuts) from They are THE BEST cookie you will ever make!
Happy Cookies

I’ve named these Happy Cookies because they make everyone I give them too really happy. They are rolled oat cookie bars topped with chocolate and nuts. Chop the cookie bars into bites and you have a great party dessert.

New Year’s Eve Drinks

Egg Creams are such a classic New York drink. Find out how to make a New York Egg Cream on
New York Egg Cream

If you’re not from New York, you may never have had an egg cream. New year, new drinks. A New Year’s Eve party is a good excuse to try this.

Learn how to make cold brew coffee at home with this Super Simple Cold Brew Coffee recipe on
Super Simple Cold Brew Coffee

Coffee will help you make it until midnight. And this cold brew coffee is so good, you don’t need to add sugar. Which is good if you make some of our super sweet dessert recipes.

An affogato is the perfect dessert drink. It combines espresso and gelato. Find out how to make it at

Coffee and ice cream make up an affogato. And I couldn’t think of a better drink to help you stay up until the ball drops.

#ad Looking for a drink for your tailgate? Check out this Kickoff Cosmo recipe from It's a perfect drink for game day.

If you’re over 21, this Cosmo is a great cocktail idea for your New Year’s Eve party.

#ad Looking for the perfect summertime drink? Check out this Watermelon Lemonade recipe from
Watermelon Lemonade

If you can get a watermelon this time of year, chop it up and turn it into this homemade watermelon lemonade.

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Spiked Mocha Nut Coffee

Need a little jolt to get you through midnight? Caffeine and Disaronno is the combo in this coffee cocktail (for 21+).

Peppermint Mocha

Pete used to make me peppermint mochas all the time in the winter. You can make them year round, but peppermint is a really great winter flavor.

Spiced Apple Cider

Apple cider is a Thanksgiving beverage. Apple cider with a little rum sounds like a New Year’s Eve cocktail.

Start your wedding morning off right with a Morning Mimosa Bar. Find out how at

Champagne is a great way to ring in the new year, and it’s one of the two ingredients in this mimosa. Sounds like the perfect drink (if you’re over 21).

Getting ready for the new year?

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Which of these 70 Recipes For The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party will you make this year? Let us know in the comments.


Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Corndog Muffins and Bacon Wrapper Crackers just went on my list for the next get-togethers!

Caitlin + Dani

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

These are great tips to host ANY party! We are bookmarking this :)

Lisa @ Midwest Glam

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

I don't think I've ever really had a party. We've always just kept it very quiet. These are all great tips though. You covered it all!


Wednesday 1st of January 2020

This is a great list with many recipe ideas.I would like to try some of these dips.These dips are great for any time not only during the New Year eve.

Marie Phillips

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

What an awesome list! I'm printing it up for whenever I need some great finger foods and drink options. We are not having company tonight for the first time in years. It has been a rough year at our house and we all wanted to chill. We will be playing escape room games and eating.