Hosting a New Year’s party is fun, but it’s also a lot of work. Party hosts often spend the entire day preparing for the party, and then they have to spend the party refilling bowls of chips and making sure that everyone’s happy.
We want your life to be easier so you can enjoy spending time with your guests! Our ideas for appetizers are designed to be easy and delicious, enough to please almost everyone. We think they’ll be a great addition to your menu.
Caprese Salad Skewers
Traditional salads are great for sit-down celebrations, but they’re too messy for a New Year’s celebration. This twist on the classic Caprese salad is practically effortless, and you could even get the kids to help. Make sure to purchase fresh mozzarella that’s already in a ball shape, and get the basil the day of the party so it’s fresh.
Sweet Potato Crostini
Have some friends who are gluten-free? Just like to eat healthy? This recipe is a great choice for them. Rather than using toasted bread as the base for the topping, you create “toast” from slices of sweet potato. The blend of flavours is absolutely incredible. This recipe is sure to be the hit of your party!
Slow Cooker Pizza Fondue
Everyone loves pizza, but simply ordering pizza for the party can feel like cheating. You want your guests to be impressed with your culinary prowess and they will be with this yummy pizza fondue. You just throw all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and wait for the flavours to combine. What’s nice about this is that you can serve it with little pieces of bread for dipping, but guests may also enjoy dipping into it with some fresh veggies, especially if eating healthier is one of their resolutions.
Smoked Sweet Kielbasa Bites
People often make cocktail wieners for their parties, and this is a nice twist on that idea, using sliced kielbasa instead of the little weiners. Making this recipe is as simple as tossing all the ingredients together and putting it into the oven, but the result is incredibly tasty, especially considering the little amount of work involved.
Spinach Artichoke Cups
This recipe looks so fancy that people would be surprised to learn how easy it is to make (it's your choice to tell them or not!). Simply place some wonton wrappers into your cupcake pans, fill them with the artichoke dip mixture, and bake for just a little while. Want to make this even easier? Consider buying a pre-made artichoke dip from the grocery store instead of making your own. Guests won’t know the difference.
Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
Meat lovers are going to like this recipe. It has the meatballs cooking in a creamy sauce rather than a traditional marinara. This is a good choice if you’re also making the pizza fondue recipe because you’ll have totally different flavours involved. Even better, the fact that this is a slow cooker recipe means that you’ll have an easy time keeping it warm throughout the party.
Goat Cheese Baguette
This goat cheese baguette is a nice and easy variation of a bruschetta. The flavour of the goat cheese gives it a bit of unexpected tanginess, while the contrast in colour between the yellow tomatoes and the white goat cheese make it extremely pretty to look at. That combination makes for the perfect party recipe. Consider making this early in the morning so that the flavours have a chance to thoroughly blend together.
Mediterranean Crudites Platter
No party is complete without a crudites platter, but the truth is that they can sometimes be a bit boring. This blog shows you some ways that you can put together a Mediterranean-themed platter with different flavours of hummus and a beautiful look that just can’t be beat. Guests will definitely crowd around this dish.
Easy Cheeseburger Sliders
If you’re looking for something easy to make, easy to eat, and a bit more meal-like than many of our other suggestions, this is the recipe for you. By pre-cooking the burger in a large pan, taking it out and arranging the burgers in the same pan, you don’t have to spend a lot of time individually cooking burgers. You just do the work once, then you have 12 sliders ready-to-go. Yum!
We hope we’ve shown you how easy it can be to whip up a number of appetizers that are easy, beautiful, and delicious. With the work out of the way, you’ll be able to spend your time having fun at your New Year’s party.