Make your New Year's Eve menu one to remember for years to come.

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated December 20, 2019
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These New Year's Eve party menus and recipe ideas will impress family and friends. If you're still deciding on the menu, let us help you plan the ultimate dining experience. From traditional to international foods, we have the most delicious New Year's recipes. This year, try hosting a festive potluck or gather your friends for the ultimate chili cookoff—we've got delicious ideas for any style of gathering. It wouldn't be a party without a champagne cocktail or dessert and we've got those too. Our curated menu ideas will make your holiday party one to remember!

New Year's Eve Menu Ideas

Try one of these festive menu ideas for a New Year's Eve party that's so impressive no one will know it was super easy.

  • New Year's Eve Appetizer Menu
  • Traditional New Year's Eve Menu
  • Elegant New Year's Eve Menu
  • Make-Ahead New Year's Eve Menu
  • Potluck New Year's Eve Menu
  • Vintage New Year's Eve Menu
  • Breakfast-for-Dinner New Year's Menu
  • New Year's Eve Pizza Party Menu
  • New Year's Eve Chili Cook-Off
  • BBQ New Year's Eve Menu
Jacob Fox

New Year's Eve Appetizer Menu

Appetizer: For us, classic New Year's party food means appetizers. When it comes to cheese platters, you can select a variety of flavors for a fuss-free treat. Out favorites include chèvre, smoked Gouda, and fresh mozzarella.

Drink: While your favorite bottle of wine will go perfectly with this New Year's party menu, we offer a delicious sangria recipe for a sophisticated sip. We're partial to this wintry sangria with dried fruit, brandy, and red wine. Honey and cinnamon lighten up the deep, rich flavors of this sparkling party drink recipe.

Main Course: Gruyère cheese and Swiss cheese combine with a splash of white wine flavor in this gooey appetizer fondue that is delicious when dunked with bread chunks.

Side: Charcuterie is a fancy name for cooked cold meats, and they go perfectly with cheese assortments. Try our cranberry-pistachio pâté and see our best charcuterie platters.

Dessert: This creamy chocolate-peanut butter dip is low in calories yet high in protein for a sweet and delicious dessert. Plus, no wine and cheese menu is complete without chocolate.

Traditional New Year's Eve Menu

If your New Year's Eve food falls on the traditional side, enjoy a vegetable soup, an old fashioned cocktail, and classic honey-glazed ham with individual creamy mashed potato pots, then finish off with a traditional apple pie. Despite the change to a new year, these familiar dishes will make the best New Year's Eve menu yet.

Appetizer: Butternut squash, thinly sliced carrots, and chopped onion combine for a rich and flavorful vegetable soup. This creamy appetizer tops the menu for a traditional New Year's Eve dinner.

Drink: This drink's long-lived popularity is a testament to its delicious flavor and traditional roots. A dash of sugar muddled with bitters and an orange slice makes a citrusy-sweet base for this classic cocktail.

Main Course: Tender honey-glazed ham brings a light sweetness to your New Year's Eve dinner. This holiday classic is a guaranteed hit with family and friends.

Side: This classic recipe for mashed potatoes will do you proud every time. The individual mashed potato pots are coated with oodles of cheese for rich flavor and color.

Dessert: The most traditional American dessert is old-fashioned apple pie. This quintessential dessert is bursting with pleasantly tart apples and is perfectly spiced.

Elegant New Year's Eve Menu

Host an elegant dinner party to start off the New Year celebrating with family and friends. This classic New Year's Eve menu will tie together your New Year's gathering with delicious food and elegant displays. Start your New Year's party by serving a sophisticated tomato-basil bruschetta with a bubbly pomegranate sip. For the main course, serve lobster and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Finish your elegant New Year's Eve dinner with luxurious cheesecake.

Appetizer: Bruschetta topped with chopped tomatoes and sweet basil leaves takes just 25 minutes and is an elegant starting dish for any New Year's Eve menu. Bonus: Our make-ahead recipe can be stored a day in advance.

Drink: Serve a bubbly beverage with tart pomegranate flavor to complement your sophisticated menu. This New Year's Eve drink includes chilled champagne so it's perfect for when midnight strikes.

Main Course: A fresh lobster tail cradled in a coral-color shell makes a delicious main course for New Year's Eve. Serve with melted butter infused with snipped fresh chives and finely shredded lemon peel.

Side: Wrap thin slices of provolone cheese and prosciutto around fresh asparagus spears for a simple yet elegant side dish. These crispy bites are sure to delight a celebratory crowd.

Dessert: This luxurious dessert is full of white chocolate with cocoa butter and cream cheese. Top this cheesecake with fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries for an even sweeter finish.

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Make-Ahead New Year's Eve Menu

Our make-ahead New Year's Eve dinner ideas include quick and easy recipes for a stress-free celebration. Nibble on bacon-wrapped sausage bites while sipping a refreshing mocktail. For dinner, serve make-ahead stuffed pork tenderloins alongside oven-roasted carrots. For dessert, enjoy a a sweet fruit tart as you wait for the clock to strike midnight.

Appetizer: Take basic smokies up a notch with a slice of bacon and a light coating of brown sugar. This appetizer recipe is so simple, and you can make it the day before your New Year's Eve party.

Drink: Mint and lime combine for a refreshing mocktail. To speed up this recipe, make the simple syrup in advance. This drink takes just 10 minutes to prepare.

Main Course: These stuffed pork tenderloins can be frozen and stored up to a month in advance of your New Year's dinner. Filled with ham and herb-seasoned stuffing, this make-ahead pork tenderloin is simple and delicious.

Side: A thyme and brown sugar glaze and crunchy toasted pistachios add just the right amount of savory and sweet flavor to this quick and easy side dish. To make ahead, cook the carrots and toast the pistachios the day before, then glaze and reheat before serving.

Dessert: Enjoy the delicious flavor combination of sweet apples with sharp cheddar. This fruit pastry can be chilled up to 24 hours in advance.

Potluck New Year's Eve Menu

For easy potluck recipes, look no further. This extensive menu ensures that no matter which course you volunteered to contribute, there is a delicious and simple recipe everyone will love. Our potluck appetizer, dinner idea, side dish, and dessert are simple to take on the go for your New Year's Eve party.

Appetizer: Precooked chicken, bubbly cheese, and a packet of ranch dressing mix make this slow cooker dip worthy of its own celebration.

Drink: Our big-batch recipe for champagne punch includes pureed peaches for a tasty, surprising spin on the traditional mimosa recipe.

Main Course: No need to order in pizza for your New Year's celebration. This casserole combines vegetable noodles with the crowd-pleasing fixings of pizza for a creative dish that can be warmed up in less than 30 minutes.

Side: Combine a mayo sauce with broccoli, bacon, and sunflower kernels. This satisfying side dish is sure to bring compliments (and requests for a copy of the recipe) in the New Year.

Dessert: Decadent cocoa powder and chopped chocolate pieces give this classic chocolate pie double the chocolate-filled goodness.

Carson Downing

Vintage New Year's Eve Menu

This vintage dinner menu provides an old-fashioned approach for your New Year's menu. Make these favorite retro dishes like fruit-filled bread, sweet party punch, slow cooker shepherd's pie with green bean casserole, and old-fashioned butterscotch pie. This vintage New Year's Eve dinner is a delightful throwback to start a new beginning.

Appetizer: The sweet dough of our fruit stollen is chock-full of candied fruits and peels. Your whole home will smell like fruit and serve as a reminder of the scent of baking bread in your childhood home.

Drink: Our sparkling peach punch can be placed in the freezer and served at the spur of the moment before the New Year strikes. Fill this old-fashioned punch with peach gelatin, canned peaches, and peach nectar.

Main Course: This slow cooker turkey shepherd's pie cooks for 6 hours on low heat for a tender and savory meal.

Side: Who would guess that this classic and traditional casserole could get even more delicious? We upped the ante by adding some bacon and wild mushrooms to your childhood favorite.

Dessert: Homemade butterscotch pie baked to a golden brown makes for a classic go-to dessert. The flaky pecan pastry is finished with finely chopped nuts and a warm meringue filling.

Breakfast-for-Dinner New Year's Menu

This late-night menu includes yummy upgrades to classic breakfast staples. To ensure the celebration lasts until midnight, serve our coffee shake shots. For a breakfast-for-dinner menu, consider peanut butter and jelly French toast sticks, savory breakfast sandwiches, fried smashed potatoes, and banana-chocolate chip muffins.

Appetizer: PB & J French toast? Perfect! This twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich makes a delicious breakfast that's perfect for dunking.

Drink: These coffee bean-topped shots are perfect for making it to the New Year's Eve ball drop. Combine coffee ice cream, chocolate syrup, and coffee liqueur for a guaranteed method for staying up until midnight.

Main Course: For a customizable breakfast treat, offer a breakfast sandwich bar. Our favorite option includes thick slices of whole-wheat toast topped with an avocado spread, asparagus spears, and hard-boiled eggs.

Side: Parmesan and parsley dress up these simple smashed potatoes for a flavorful side dish. Bonus: These breakfast potatoes can be made up to 24 hours in advance of your New Year's celebration.

Dessert: Sweet banana-chocolate chip muffins are a perfect on-the-go breakfast item, but they're also delicious for dessert. Try our moist, golden muffins.

New Year's Eve Pizza Party Menu

Kick off the New Year with a homemade pizza party! For a fuss-free celebration, serve these pizza-inspired menu items. Start off with roasted cherry tomato pizza poppers, creative flatbread toppings, cheesy garlic bread, and sweet dessert fruit pizza.

Appetizer: These bite-size pizza poppers brighten any party with cherry tomatoes atop fresh mozzarella. Arrange these pizza snacks alongside spicier pizza poppers to balance the sweetness.

Drink: If you cannot get enough of the tomato flavor, try this gin and tonic with a kick. This spicy drink will entertain with its unique flavor and colorful look.

Main Course: These flatbread pizza toppings are delicious anytime of year, but we especially like them for special-occasion dinners: think figs, roasted veggies, pepper jelly, and sage. Sweet and savory dinners in minutes await your New Year's celebration.

Side: Garlic bread is so easy to make at home—and it's delicious, too. In fact, you'll probably like this version even better than the stuff you get at your favorite takeout restaurant! Double the batch to go back for seconds (or thirds!).

Dessert: Try this tasty fruit pizza recipe that takes all the guilt out of pizza eating. Cover a sugar cookie with a sweet cream cheese spread and top with your choice of fresh fruit. Drizzle with honey for added flavor!

Blaine Moats

New Year's Eve Chili Cook-Off

Begin the New Year with a bit of friendly competition with these chili cook-off ideas.

Appetizer: These vegetarian nachos are the perfect addition to any gathering. Black beans, roasted peppers, salsa and reduced-fat cheese make this the best loaded nachos recipe.

Main Course: Rich, chunky, and filled with fabulous flavor, this traditional chili is a classic recipe for a reason! Add an extra sprinkle of cheese and a spoonful of sour cream for a smooth finish.

Side: Classic corn bread gets a spicy kick with diced green chile peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese. It's perfect for scooping the last bits of chili in your bowl.

Dessert: No need to get complicated after your chili cook-off. Enjoy a simple and sweet helping of dried fruit dipped in unsweetened cacao chocolate.

BBQ New Year's Eve Menu

Appetizer: Crisp, crumbled bacon and crunchy sunflower seeds almost make this creamy slaw a meal in itself, but it's also the perfect accompaniment for a BBQ-filled main meal.

Main Course: Tangy mustard and wheat beer give this tender brisket plenty of big flavor. Serve each sandwich with some homemade BBQ sauce for delicious flavor.

Side: OK, so maybe delicious BBQ sauce isn't technically a side, but it definitely can be when you add it to every part of the meal. Plus, this homemade BBQ sauce has less than a quarter of the sugar compared to some store-bought brands.

Dessert: Looking to indulge? Forget about sweet ice cream sundaes—this savory version takes sundaes to the next level. With mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and bratwurst, this sundae is a BBQ must-have.

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