EASY New Year’s Eve Appetizers For 2017!

This is the ULTIMATE New Year’s Eve Menu with 18 recipes for appetizers, drinks, and dessert! Whether you are hosting or just bringing one dish, these recipes will be perfect. Bring it on 2017!

The other day I was talking on the phone with my mom through our minivan’s Bluetooth thingy. (Did I tell you we got a van?? We’re “one of those” families now. Third kid. They’ll do you in guys.)

So my mom and I finish chatting. Bye Karen, bye Mom, conversation over. 30 seconds later I hear someone mumbling and realize it’s my mom, and she’s just as surprised to hear me. Eventually we realized neither of us had bothered to hit the end button, expecting the other one to take care of it. How lazy can you get??

 So how was everyone’s Christmas?? We had so much fun. I was going to send out a holiday-greeting type post and say Merry Christmas to all of you, but I was having way too much fun hanging out with my family to even find where my computer cord got lost. It was kinda nice to (unintentionally) go off the grid for a little while.

But forget Christmas. It’s time for New Year’s Eve! I got together with a few of my favorite blogging friends and put together some recipe ideas for your festivities. I don’t drink alcohol because I’m LDS, but if you do, there are some pretty looking drinks you can try out! Happy New Year everyone!


Bacon Ricotta Crostini by The Food Charlatan (that’s me!) Seriously guys every time I host a party, I make these without fail. They are just SO easy and SO good! Bacon. I mean come on:

Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites by Mom on Timeout:

Mini Tortellini Kabobs by Belly Full:

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites by The Food Charlatan (that’s me :)

 Bruschetta with Roasted Veggies by Lemons for Lulu:

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Teriyaki Bites by Mom on Timeout:

Crockpot Crab Dip by Lemon Tree Dwelling:

Turkey Cocktail Meatballs by Lemon Tree Dwelling:


Cranberry Daiquiri by Lemons for Lulu:


Midori Sour Recipe by Mom on Timeout:


Champagne Punch Bellini by Crazy for Crust:



Baileys Chocolate Mousse by Lemon Tree Dwelling:

Tiramisu Pudding Shots by Lemons for Lulu:

Caramel Apple Grapes by Belly Full:

Eggnog Cake Balls by Belly Full:

Oreo Truffle Dipped Strawberries by Crazy for Crust:

Oreo Truffle Dipped Strawberries

Double Peanut Butter No Bake Bars from Crazy for Crust:

Easy Strawberries and Cream Appetizer by The Food Charlatan (yours truly!)

Here are some ideas from last year!

Easy Appetizer Ideas for New Years Eve from The Food Charlatan

Happy New Year everyone!!

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham

Oven-Roasted Cranberry-Dijon Glazed Ham from The Food Charlatan

Ain’t nothin better than an oven-roasted glazed ham I say. This recipe uses fresh cranberries, meaning it’s perfect for the holiday season! I love the zing that the dijon mustard adds too. It’s super easy to throw together!  Out of sheer laziness, Eric and I have managed to convince our kids that “milk-water” is a thing. […]

Roasted Garlic Green Beans with Fried Sourdough

Roasted Garlic Green Beans with Fried Sourdough from The Food Charlatan

Let’s think of a way to make garlicky roasted green beans even more amazing. OH I KNOW. Let’s add hunks of fried sourdough bread and sprinkle it with goat cheese that gets all melty and glorious. You win, carbs. This would be a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving in a few weeks!  I’m writing this […]

3 Ingredient Roasted Potatoes with Crunchy Onions

3 Ingredient Roasted Potatoes with Crunchy Onions from The Food Charlatan

These tender potatoes are done SO fast, because instead of adding a whole bunch of spices to make them delicious, you just dump on some onion soup mix and throw it in the oven. The dehydrated onions get all crunchy and glorious! Perfect side dish for Thanksgiving!  What do you do when you can’t fall […]

Garlic and Rosemary Skillet Bread

Garlic and Rosemary Skillet Bread from The Food Charlatan

Need an easy but fabulous bread for Thanksgiving? Or heck, how about dinner tonight! This bread has tons of flavor from the fresh garlic and rosemary. Olive oil in a cast iron skillet gives it this unreal crust. You will love it!  Have you ever done a handstand? How bout a handstand when you’re 37 […]

Aunt Shirley’s Famous Dinner Rolls (and a Bun in the Oven Announcement!)

Aunt Shirley's Famous Dinner Rolls from The Food Charlatan

My Aunt Shirley is basically the baking queen. This is her famous dinner roll recipe! So light, so fluffy, SO much heavenly buttery goodness. Who needs dinner when you’ve got these dinner rolls?? I could eat the whole batch. We’ve got all KINDS of buns going on today. Not just the yeasty kind… The baby […]

Chicago Style Fruit Pizza

Chicago Style Fruit Pizza from The Food Charlatan

A classic sugar cookie crust with cream cheese frosting and all. the. fruit. This is an enormous pizza, and the crust is nice and thick, so call the neighbors over. Fruit pizza is the best for summer! Do you know what kind of vacationer you are? Are you the relax-on-the-beach-with-a-book type? The see-every-site type? I’m […]

Strawberry Pineapple Meringue Cake

Strawberry Pineapple Meringue Cake from The Food Charlatan

This is the perfect spring dessert to feed a crowd! Ultra-thin moist cake topped with fluffy meringue and crunchy almonds, layered with pineapple and strawberry whipped cream! The crispy edges are so irresistible you will want to eat the entire perimeter single-handedly. The car that I drive is one of those kind where the headlights […]

Classic Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs from The Food Charlatan

Deviled Eggs are an absolute must for Easter! This recipe is the classic version, nothing but mayonnaise, mustard, spices and perfectly cooked eggs. Okay and maybe a secret ingredient or two.  I’m still down in Manteca hanging out with my Mom while she recovers from surgery. Today Charlotte, who is 5, walks over to my mom and […]

Sautéed Carrots and Shallots with Thyme

Sautéed Carrots and Shallots with Thyme from The Food Charlatan

This is my sister-in-law’s famous recipe for the BEST CARROTS! Sautéing them with shallots and fresh thyme makes them next-level. She has made them at every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinner for years. I finally finagled the recipe out of her!  Charlotte and I were in the car earlier today when she came up with one […]