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10 Delicious New Year's Eve Party Ideas

Whether your New Year’s Eve party is simple or fancy, includes kids or celebrates the fact that you landed a babysitter, the food should be simple but delicious. Make-ahead (or easy to assemble) appies, drinks and desserts fit the bill to ensure you enjoy the evening too. Here are some delicious food and drink (remember to include interesting non-alcoholic options for designated drivers) ideas to help you ring out the old, and whisk in the new. Happy New Year!



  • Holiday Profiteroles 1 of 10
    Holiday Profiteroles
    This festive dessert has it all - it's simple, decadent, impressive to serve at a party, and infinitely adaptable - stuff choux pastry puffs with cream or ice cream, and top with chocolate shavings and/or sauce - it's also a great way to use up the last of the cranberries!
    Family Bites has the recipe!
  • Classic Oysters Rockefeller 2 of 10
    Classic Oysters Rockefeller
    Oysters Rockefeller are traditionally served on New Year's Eve - but need not be limited to fancy restaurants. They're easier to make than you might think, and look great served on a bed of rock salt or crushed ice.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Goat Cheese with Herbed Olive Oil 3 of 10
    Goat Cheese with Herbed Olive Oil
    As simple as it gets, this creamy goat cheese with herbed olive oil rings in the new year right if you're looking for a healthier option that's still deliciously indulgent.
    Patent and the Pantry has the recipe!
  • Gooey Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie Bites 4 of 10
    Gooey Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie Bites
    If you're looking for something rich and indulgent to ring in for New Year's resolutions with, try gooey chocolate cheesecake brownie bites - perfect for a party, they're ideal for adults and kids alike!
    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Pomegranate Sparklers 5 of 10
    Pomegranate Sparklers
    If you're ringing in the New Year with kids, these bright pomegranate sparklers are festive without being boozy - of course a splash for the grown-ups would be perfectly fitting, too!
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Not-too-Boozy Tiramisu 6 of 10
    Not-too-Boozy Tiramisu
    If you're looking for something festive, tiramisu makes a great make-ahead dessert that's easy to take with you and perfect for a buffet table. Make it as boozy -or not- as you like!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Sweet & Salty Bacon Shortbread 7 of 10
    Sweet & Salty Bacon Shortbread
    If you plan to ditch foods like bacon and sugary carbohydrates in the new year, now's your chance to indulge in a wheel of bacon shortbread - perfect for sharing!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Easy 3 Ingredient Appetizers 8 of 10
    Easy 3 Ingredient Appetizers
    When fast and easy is key, here are some simple and delicious appies that require just three ingredients - and not much more than three minutes to put together!
    Simple Bites has the recipes!
  • Simple Stilton, Port and Walnut Pate 9 of 10
    Simple Stilton, Port and Walnut Pate
    An easy, elegant way to ring in the new year - this is a great way to stretch a few quality ingredients to serve a group. And fancy, too!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares 10 of 10
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares
    Salty pretzels in sweet cookies and brownies were all the rage in 2011 - bake up a batch of trendy chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars to ring in the new!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

Top photo credit: walnutinfo.com

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