Drinks are definitely half the hype for any good NYE shindig, and we venture to say that appetizers are the other half. You can guarantee that some guests will have a glass in their hand all night long, which doesn’t leave much room for carrying around a plate. That means there’s only one place to go: finger food. Thankfully there are lots of delicious bite-sized appetizers out there to keep your guests snacking until the clock strikes 12. So let’s reserve the hands for epic dance moves (lawnmower, anyone!?) and party favors this year with these 17 bite-sized appetizers worthy of the fanciest New Year’s celebration.


1. Crostini: If you are worried about feeding a crowd, crostini is definitely the way to go. Grab a couple loaves of crusty bread and just choose from your favorite toppings. (via Cheap Recipe Blog)

cheese ball

2. Chipotle Bacon Cheese Ball: Everybody loves a good cheese ball — and when it’s covered in bacon, how can you say no? (via Garnish With Lemon)

guac eggs

3. Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs: Surprise your guests with a delicious twist on a classic dish. It’s way classier than just serving guac with chips. (via The Crumbly Cake)

salmon pinwheels

4. Smoked Salmon Pinwheel Sandwiches: This super-easy recipe makes your seafood last well past dinner. Less effort, more yum. (via For The Feast)


5. Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices: Please the guests with a sweet tooth by serving this decadent bite before dessert. Trust us, they’ll be gone really fast. (via Deliciously Yum)

roasted grapes

6. Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers: Cheese and crackers sure do make a wonderful hors d’oeuvre. But when you whip out these roasted grapes, you’ll become the culinary queen. (via Averie Cooks)

chicken meatballs

7. Baked Chicken Meatballs: Sure, you could buy the boring freezer section meatballs… or you could whip up these chicken ones for a healthier, homemade alternative. (via Smitten Kitchen)

pretzel bites

8. Pretzel Bites With Beer Cheese Dip: We hope you make enough of these warm pretzel bites. We guarantee they’ll be gone in a flash and all your guests will be asking for more. (via Just Putzing Around The Kitchen)


9. Cheese Fondue: Remember what we said above about serving crostini? You can use lots of those same toppings to dip into this delicious cheesy fondue. (via The Law Student’s Wife)

bloomin onion

10. Bloomin’ Onion: You’ll probably want to give this one a trial run a day or two before the party, just to make sure it’s delicious enough to serve. *wink wink* (via Yammie’s Noshery)

mozzarella sticks

11. Mozzarella Sticks: There’s nothing that compares to a warm, crunchy, stringy mozzarella stick. It can be our little secret that the main, easy-peasy ingredient is actually string cheese. (via The Chic Site)

spicy popcorn

12. Sriracha Cheddar Popcorn: You probably hadn’t thought about serving popcorn as an appetizer for NYE, but these spicy-cheesy kernels make it all okay. (via The Food Charlatan)

cheese log

13. Pistachio Crusted Cheese Log: Seriously, you won’t believe how easy this recipe is. The best part is that your friends won’t either. (via Heartbeet Kitchen)


14. Spinach Artichoke Canapés: It’s all about stir, spoon and bake right here. The fact that they turn out looking so pretty is a bonus. (via Challenger Sweets)

pizza wheels

15. Pizza Wheels: Got kiddos coming to your party? Satisfy their appetites with these wheels of pizza goodness. (via Heat Oven to 350)


16. Hummus Trio: Here’s a healthy appetizer that gives an option for those guests worried about starting their New Year’s diets early. (via Superfood Recipes)

baked brie

17. Bite-Sized Baked Brie: We all know that baked brie is a go-to fancy appetizer. Make it into finger food with this recipe. (via Joy The Baker)

What are your appetizer plans for New Year’s Eve? Send us your recipes below!