Ring in the New Year with Good Friends and Good Food

Whether you’re planning on ringing in the new year with only a handful of your closest friends or you’re planning and hosting an elegant “Black Tie” soirée, appetizers are a must-have for every New Year’s Eve celebration. From shrimp cocktail to slow-cooker smokies, it’s time to get the party started!

When planning your New Year’s Eve party menu, you’ll want to choose a couple of appetizers that are effortless to prepare in order to free up some time for yourself so you can be the hostess with the mostest. These tasty Slow-Cooker Bourbon Smokies from Delish are sweet and savory and are an easy party food to assemble and serve. Just put everything into the slow-cooker, turn it on, then serve with toothpicks when they’re ready.

Another fast and flavorful slow-cooker appetizer to consider is 3-Ingredient Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Tablespoon. Chili sauce, grape jelly, and frozen meatballs are all you need for crowd-pleasing bites.

If you have help in the kitchen, you may want to put these Sweet Chicken Bacon Bites from Jo Cooks on your menu. Bite-size chicken pieces are wrapped in bacon, rolled in brown sugar, then baked to crispy perfection.

One classic, festive appetizer that should be on every New Year’s Eve party menu is shrimp cocktail. This Roasted Shrimp Cocktail recipe from Food Network is easy to make and, when plated, looks fabulous.

For additional New Year’s Eve party food ideas, check out these Easy Party Appetizers from Better Homes & Gardens. Make the Zesty Popcorn Mix, and assemble some Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits for delicious little individual-sized desserts. In addition to celebratory bubbly, you will want to put some of these festive 9 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails to Party Down with on New Years Eve on your menu for your alcohol-free friends and family.

It’s time to greet the new year with good friends and good food!