New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect while also looking forward to the future. It’s an opportunity to spend cherished moments together celebrating the last twelve months with those you love. It’s also a holiday marked by a fresh start as we embrace the new year as a blank slate for us to fill with our continued story. This momentous holiday is truly a time made to be spent with others, and that’s why so many open their doors every December 31st. With that in mind, we’re sharing the best New Year’s Eve party ideas, centered around cocktails & appetizers, so that you can host till your heart’s content on this day of celebration!
The Best New Year’s Eve Party Ideas: Cocktails & Appetizers
Our Favorite New Year’s Eve Cocktails
While we always recommend having the classic choice of champagne on hand, not everyone likes this traditional adult beverage. Add a twist on the usual New Year’s Eve party bar options with these quick, easy and festive cocktails!
Best Mocktail Recipe
Ginger Honey Sparkler by Cooking in my Genes
Including a mocktail on your NYE menu is an absolute must, as it accommodates a variety of guests who prefer a non-alcoholic option. Jessica from Cooking in my Genes offers the perfect mocktail recipe with her Ginger Honey Sparkler that is equal parts delicious and gorgeous.
Best Non-Champagne Cocktail Recipe
Midnight Hour Cocktail by A Dash of Dee
With a name that truly fits the holiday, Dee from A Dash of Dee offers an alternative to champagne-centric drinks with her Midnight Hour cocktail recipe. A sparkling element paired with a hue reminiscent of the midnight sky makes this festive beverage a go-to for any NYE celebration!
Best Halfway Homemade Cocktail
Halfway Homemade Spiced Bourbon Cream Eggnog
Enjoy the smooth creaminess of our favorite eggnog recipe. Made with bourbon cream and premade eggnog mix, this cocktail comes together in a snap! Add a festive flair with sprinkled cinnamon or a cinnamon stick nestled into this holiday essential.
Our Favorite New Year’s Eve Appetizers
Best Seafood Appetizer
Growing up, we thought Mimi made her famous Seafood Spread from scratch. It had the rich flavors and textures that made it seem that way, but as adults, when we finally asked her for the recipe, she told us it was from Publix, our local grocery store! To say we were shocked was an understatement, but it goes to show that just because something is Halfway Homemade, doesn’t mean it’ll lack flavor or aesthetic. Check out our favorite way to put together the seafood spread we grew up with.
Best Sweet & Savory Appetizer
Nana’s Pecan-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates
When hosting in your home, opt for finger foods that are easy to grab and then continue mingling with other guests. We love Nana’s easy pecan and bacon dates because not only are they an ideal walking appetizer, but they’re so sweet and savory, it’s hard to say no to them!
Best Healthy Appetizer
Lastly, if you’re looking for a lighter option that’s sure to please, these Mediterranean Cucumber Bites are the perfect go-to for a crunchy, bite-sized appetizer. The best part? You can make the hummus mixture ahead of time so that you have one less thing to do before guests arrive on New Year’s Eve!
Friend, we are so excited for what 2022 will bring, and we can’t wait to share it all with you! We sincerely hope you’re able to spend time with loved ones and find small moments of reflection and relaxation during this special time of the year. Cheers!
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