Party Food: New Year's

Every New Year it's the same thing. A table full of finger food and treats, movies till midnight, and martinelli's at the ball drop.

The kids love it and request it every year. The menu changes slightly from year to year, but here are a few of our favorites. I try to buy as many items pre-made as possible to make life easier. Also, I try to serve at least 2/3 to 3/4 savory. After all, it is dinner.

This last time I had 13 dishes. 2 were treats, 2 were fruit, and the rest were savory. The savory disappeared. The fruit went fast, the treats lingered.

This list isn't meant to be a list of everything you should do. Merely it is a list of ideas. Look for items that can be purchased and then just heated, like potato skins, shrimp & crab cakes & meatballs. Find other items that can be prepped in advance such as a cheese ball or cheese board. I even grab candy from around the house right after Christmas and hide it to use for this party. That leaves you free for last minute items such a fruit tray, lil' smokies, and reheating items.

Also look for items that other people can make, or bring. My daughter loves to make muddy buddies, so she makes those each year (they can also be done the day before). If you're inviting guests it's even easier. Just have each guest bring a favorite appetizer.

 Lil Smokie Bites

Chicken Salad Puffs or Croissants

Meatballs with various sauces

Potato Skins (I burned the bacon, but I usually put bacon bits on top)

Olives in martini glasses

Mozzarella cheese sticks (purchased)

Fruit with strawberry dip

Cheese Ball

Crab Cakes

Coconut Shrimp

Stuffed Celery or other Veggies

Baked "Fried" Ravioli

Cheese Board:

cheese balls, cheese cubes, brie circles, any favorite cheese
smoked meats
salmon dip
crackers, small bread slices

Mixed nuts

Fruit Tarts

Popcorn Balls

Candy (leftover from Christmas)

Cookie/Fudge Platter (leftover from Christmas)

Chex mix

Chocolate cream puffs

New Additions:
Cheese Platter

Other Ideas:

Spring Rolls

Bridge mix

Mini Quiche

Danish pastry

Fruit, veggie, or cheese and meat kebabs. Can also do caprese skewers with mozzarella, basil & tomato.

Deviled eggs

Mini salmon cakes

BLT Cucumber bites

Caprese inspired bruchetta
Mimi's Cafe Baked brie, apple and chutney bruschetta

Cheese & Crackers

Savory Turnovers

Brie and cranberry turnovers
Turnover trio: pizza, chili relleno, & apple pie

Ceviche shots

Mini BLT's

Veggie cups with dip

Baked Panko Onion Rings with caramelized onion aioli

Salad in a jumbo pasta shell


Chocolate covered strawberries

Apple Turnovers

Fun Centerpiece:


Fruit Bouquet

Veggie Bouquet

And Don't Forget The Drinks!

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