Appetizer Recipes: 7 Easy New Year’s Eve Party Food Ideas

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Hanukkah and Christmas are officially over. Now, you're probably thinking about after-Christmas sales, New Year's resolutions, and losing those unwanted holiday pounds. Am I right?

But, before you move full steam ahead into 2012, take a moment to celebrate all the amazing things you accomplished in 2011. After all, New Year's Eve parties are as much about looking back and reminiscing on the fun of the old year as they are about looking forward with hope to the year ahead.

And nothing says celebration more than a little food!

7 New Year's Eve Party Appetizer Recipes

Over at Kitchen Monki, we've created a quick list of other ideas for easy and tasty appetizers that are perfect for any New Year's Eve party. Whether it's for a large gathering or small get together, these dishes are sure to please everyone's taste buds.

Funfetti Cupcakes

If you're looking for the one can't-miss appetizer idea, you won't go wrong with Funfetti Cupcakes! Yes! You heard me right! Cupcakes for appetizers! What's not to love about that? Festive and delicious, these cupcakes are sure to please. Either make full sized cupcakes or "mini" cupcakes. The cupcakes have a fun, festive feel and you can add a colorful frosting and even more sprinkles on top to really wow your guests.

Ham and Cheese Swirls

Easy to make with affordable ingredients, these cheese swirls resemble cinnamon buns. Instead of giving the kids a sugar high however, it is a healthy replacement. Cook time is generally fifteen to thirty minutes.

Bacon Wrapped Crackers

Everybody loves bacon! This is a very easy recipe, but, can take around 45 minutes to make. However, there are only three ingredients: crackers, bacon, and Parmesan cheese. Yummy!


For a sweet (literally) appetizer, some classic crepes are perfect for a New Year's Eve party. Each one only take a few minutes to make and can be topped with fresh fruit and a little bit of powered sugar—a very light appetizer that is also great for people with a sweet tooth.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn

Easy, casual, and simple. Popcorn is a light snack perfect for New Year's and also a great finger food for the kids with a bit more flavor than regular popcorn. Like the title says, the popcorn has a sweet taste and then a bit of a spicy aftertaste.

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Though this will take a bit more time than the rest of the listed recipes, it is certainly a favorite at any party and also perfect for those cold, winter nights! Just add some tortilla chips for dipping.

To finish off the list, here's a great recipe that is perfect for both cold nights and New Year's parties on top of being a unique appetizer people are sure to love. However, like the artichoke and spinach dip, this is a recipe which will take a bit more time to finish. However, the end result will be absolutely delicious and a cute appetizer.

Hopefully these recipes can help make everything perfect at your New Year's Eve party. And of course, have a fun New Year's Eve and Day!

What recipes will you prepare for your New Year's Eve celebration? How do you celebrate New Year's Eve?


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