27 Recipes for a New Year's Buffet

Roasted Corn and Crab Dip
Set up a New Year's Eve buffet and let your guests munch away until the clock strikes 12. A buffet is one of the easiest ways to host a party and everyone will love a spread of New Year’s appetizers, finger foods, and desserts.

Roasted Corn and Crab Dip

So long, store-bought dips. Corn and crab pair up for a New Year’s appetizer that's as unique as it is delicious. It's a holiday, so go ahead—have two (or three!) servings.

Pizza Dippers

Pizza: one of those recipes loved by kids and adults alike. And this take is New Year’s Eve finger food-approved. Our homemade marinara sauce takes only 20 minutes, making this recipe super easy and delicious.

Classic Crab Cakes

You can make crab cakes for a crowd! This favorite party appetizer will be the star of your New Year’s Eve buffet, plus, the recipe can be made ahead and kept in the oven until you're ready to serve.

Ricotta Meatballs

Meatballs are a perfect New Year’s Eve party food and these ones get the special occasion treatment, thanks to ricotta cheese. If your December is packed with holiday business, this make-ahead appetizer is a must. It can hang out in your freezer for a month before the party.

Shrimp and Chorizo Kabobs

Seafood is an elegant menu choice to help ring in the New Year. Spice it up with a zesty chipotle glaze. This easy party recipe can be assembled ahead but is best when prepped just before party time.


Three cheers to bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes! This creamy dip is a crowd-pleasing New Year’s appetizer that’s a combination of the namesake BLT ingredients with the addition of onions, sour cream, and plenty of cheese.

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Party guests will happily eat these bacon bites all night long as they wait for the ball to drop. And four ingredients is all you need for this crowd-pleasing New Year’s Eve finger food.

Meat Loaf Muffins

Piling mashed potatoes, cranberry-tomato sauce, and a little cheese on top of a too-cute meat loaf muffin will make an adorable New Year’s Eve party food display. Thanks to muffin tins, cleanup is super easy, which lets you get back to the party extra quick.

Taco Spread

Spice up your New Year's Eve party food lineup with this festive taco bar. Simply make a classic pork roast and serve it with all the toppings. We love unexpected toppers like radishes, pepitas, and pumpkin guacamole.

Ham and Cheese Slab Pies

Puff pastry wraps ham, Gruyere, and cream cheese in this adult version of the classic ham and cheese sandwich. The New Year’s appetizer can be made up to two months ahead—in case you're looking to plan your New Year's party that far in advance!

Baked Potato Bar

A baked potato bar is the definition of comfort food. Perfect for family New Year's parties, this DIY buffet is as easy as setting out the ingredients. Let your guests mix and match their favorites.

Chorizo-Cheese Ants on a Log

This take on a childhood favorite is totally grown up, thanks to spicy chorizo sausage and sweet pitted dates. Add them to your New Year's party food spread and watch them disappear.

Cheesy Hasselback New Potatoes

This cheesy New Year’s Eve party food is sophisticated enough to pair with a glass of sparkling wine. While they look complicated, you’ll find these potatoes are a cinch to make.

Blue Cheese- and Walnut-Stuffed Mushrooms

Make your party look—and taste—fancy with minimal effort with this New Year’s Eve finger food.

Beer and Cheddar Fondue

For a New Year’s Eve buffet, double or triple the recipe, then serve the fondue in a slow cooker on the low setting. The thick crock and gentle heat keep the fondue warm and smooth so you can keep dunking all night long!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Pots

We're celebrating the New Year with our favorite holiday side dish: mashed potatoes. Extra cheese, please!

Crispy Fruit Chips

Get a head start on dessert—serve these munchable fruit chips on your New Year’s Eve buffet. These chips are sweet, healthy, and sure to delight party guests. Plus, they're easy to make ahead!

Potato-Goat Cheese Gratin

Even a rich dish like potato gratin can be lightened by using nonfat milk and goat cheese, which saves calories for those delicious desserts in your New Year’s Eve party food lineup.

Winter Slaw with Kale and Cabbage

This pretty salad will help end your year on a good note. For a New Year’s Eve buffet, dish the salad up into individual cups so guests can grab and go.

Bacon Chocolate Bark

When bacon and chocolate are involved, you can never go wrong, especially when it comes to New Year’s Eve party foods.

Ranch Deviled Eggs

The classic gets a New Year’s Eve finger food makeover with ranch dressing mix.

Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Easy and cheesy—what more could you ask for? Serve this up as a New Year’s Eve party food by placing servings in individual cups.

Gluten-Free Spicy Kale Chips

Munch on spicy chips (minus the guilt) as a New Year’s Eve finger food while you wait for the ball to drop.

Five-Spice Chicken Wings

Hot and spicy chicken wings will keep everyone wide awake and will help party guests rally when the ball is about to drop.

Make-Ahead Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Make this New Year’s Eve finger food the night before so you can concentrate on enjoying the festivities.

Insanely Good Chicken Tender Coatings

Jazz up regular ol' chicken tenders for a crowd-pleasing New Year’s Eve party food.

5 Finger-Licking Chicken Wing Recipes

When you have five types of wings on your New Year’s Eve buffet, you can guarantee that everyone at the party will find one they love.

Geode Cake Pops

New Year’s Eve desserts that sparkle and shine are sure to capture the essence of the holiday. These bite-size sweets start with a cake mix and can be decorated to match your party decor.

Shortcut Baklava Tassies

Traditional baklava is truly a treat but tedious to prep. This take starts with premade phyllo shells and it can be made ahead and stashed in the freezer for up to 3 months—so plan your New Year’s Eve dessert ahead of time and save time when December 31 rolls around.

Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs

Complete your New Year’s Eve dessert spread with decadent chocolate fondue. As the evening goes on, if the fondue gets a little thick, just add a little coffee to bring it back to life.

Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli

Recruit your slow cooker for this New Year’s Eve buffet crowd-pleaser. The potatoes are also flexible and can be served warm or at room temperature.

Pepperoni Pizza Cups

Grab-and-go nibbles are ideal for a New Year’s Eve buffet. And when they are pizza-flavored? Double win—especially if your party crowd spans all ages.

Caramelized Onion-and-Cranberry Cheese Toasts

Hit all kinds of flavor notes with this twist on bruschetta. Plus, any of the leftover chutney from this New Year’s Eve finger food can be used for topping pork or poultry. (Hello, next week’s dinner.)

Crudites with Goat Cheese Herb Dip

Get a head start on “eat healthy” resolutions and add crudites to your New Year’s Eve buffet. The dip is as simple as “dump and stir.” Cut up veggies (or buy them precut, we won’t tell) and this appetizer is ready to serve.

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