Impress your guests with our simple tasty ideas for New Year’s Eve party food with appetizers & desserts perfect for your next cocktail party!

Do you love finger foods?

Me too!

In fact, some of my favorite parties are the ones with all kinds of appetizers.

It’s a great way to serve a wide variety of foods.

Simply set up a pretty buffet and guests can help themselves!

A buffet of bite-sized foods can work whether you’re standing to socialize or if you’re sitting down to enjoy a meal together.

If you’ve been around Simply2Moms for a while, then you know we’re part of a virtual “dinner club” with some of our best blogging friends.

Each month we have a theme for decorating our tables and for our menu.

Did you see the sparkling table that AnnMarie created for our party?

I’m not sure whether I think it’s prettier during the day or at night!

Our five friends shared all kinds of creative and pretty ideas for a New Year’s Eve celebration.

But today?

Well, today we’re all sharing some wonderful finger food recipes that are fantastic to help you usher in the new year or to serve at any cocktail party!

Collage of 6 recipe photos for a New Year's Eve cocktail party menu

I can’t wait to give some of these recipes a try!

Don’t they all look so tempting?

Welcome to Our Virtual “Progressive” Dinner!

If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.

AnnMarie and Anne from Simply2Moms holding champagne flutes for New Year's Eve

We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decoratingrecipesDIY projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).

You can read more about us and our families over here.

And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.

But that’s enough about us!

Let’s take a look at these recipes to create a fantastic New Year’s Eve buffet.

Sparkling Rosemary Infused Cocktail // Vintage Home Designs

Stemmed glass with Cheers printed on it filled with sparkling rosemary cocktail next to a glass bucket filled with confetti

Our friend Michele created a simple cocktail that’s perfect for ringing in the New Year!

The fresh rosemary adds an unexpected and delicious touch to this sparkling drink.

Not to mention, the fresh rosemary looks so pretty in the glass!

Quick and Easy Proscuitto Recipe Appetizer // Stacy Ling Bricks’n’Blooms

Hand holding a prosciutto wrapped appetizer above a plate full of them.

Our friend Stacy is from New Jersey and she shares some wonderful recipes using Italian-inspired ingredients.

These little prosciutto bites are so easy to make!

And you can never go wrong with prosciutto and some melty cheese…

Beef Tenderloin Crostini // The Ponds Farmhouse

Plate with beef tenderloin crostini and fresh berries

One of my favorite holiday entrees is a wonderful beef tenderloin.

Our friend Rachel turns this special entree into a tasty bite-sized morsel with her recipe for tenderloin crostini.

Her sauce to go on top adds some extra flavor.

The Best Holiday Hawaiian Cheese Ball // Midwest Life & Style

Glass pedestal with a Hawaiian cheese ball surrounded by pita crackers

I’m a sucker for a good cheese ball!

So I can not wait to make (and devour!) this Hawaiian cheese ball recipe that our friend Jen shared.

Can you ever go wrong when you combine pineapple and pecans?

Cranberry Brie Bread Bowl // Open Doors Open Hearts

Baked cranberry brie on a counter with bottles of sparkling cider

While we’re talking about cheese, brie might be my favorite kind.

When I saw our guest host, Aliyah from Open Doors Open Hearts, put a wheel of brie in some crusty bread and baked it with some delicious toppings I knew I was going to have to give it a try!

Those tart cranberries with the creamy brie sound amazing!

No Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake Shooters // Simply2Moms

Low Carb Salted Caramel Cheesecake Shooters on a distressed wood tray with small gold Christmas balls

This month we got to make the dessert!

Have I ever mentioned I’ve got a huge sweet tooth?

These Salted Caramel Cheesecake Shooters are perfect for a holiday buffet!

They’re pretty on a table plus, portion control.

Because cheesecake can be really rich, so a little goes a long way…

More Entertaining Inspiration

Be sure to check out all our entertaining menus. Just click on any of the links below for more tasty recipes.

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