New Year’s Eve: Our Favorite Finger Foods and How to Serve Them

December 28, 2018

New Year’s Eve: Our Favorite Finger Foods and How to Serve Them

Hosting a New Year’s Eve party? Read this to make your life easier (and tastier).

If you’re hosting New Year’s Eve and are starting to freak out about the fact that you’ve got to feed a bunch of people dinner, please don’t worry. Just remember: A variety of hors d’oeuvres totally count as dinner. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to think about what you’re actually going to serve. In our opinion, NYE light bites should have the following qualities:

  • You should be able to eat most of them with one hand. Your drink goes in the other!
  • You should be able to eat most of them in one or two bites.
  • They should be delicious (obviously).

Here are some of our favorite finger foods, and our favorite serveware for entertaining.


A meat and cheese plate is a great way to get any evening started. If you want to jazz it up, add crackers, cornichons, olives, fig jam, honey, and Marcona almonds.

Serve on: 

Shrimp Shooters

shrimp shooters

They are a delicious bite of food and a cocktail—all-in-one! Bonus: Shrimp shooters are way easier to make than they look. If the idea of making shrimp is intimidating, just buy precooked! We’re not judging.

Serve them in: Shot Glasses

Sausage and Pepper Crostini

Sausage and Pepper Crostini

These are delicious, easy to eat with one hand, and very hearty. Your guests won’t miss having a sit-down dinner at all!

Serve them on:


Everyone likes fresh, crunchy veggies. Serve them with hummus, ranch, or your favorite dip. No cooking required!

Serve on:

Deviled Eggs

Is it just us, or are deviled eggs majorly in style right now? We love them because you can make them as simple or as dressed up as you’d like.

Serve on:

Italian Sub Skewers

italian sub skewers

Here’s another no-cook idea that’s super hearty. Make a few with just cheese and vegetables so vegetarians can join in the skewer fun!

Serve them on:

Vegetarian Root Vegetable Gyozas

root vegetable gyozas

This recipe is a bit more complicated to make, but if you’ve got some time, we promise it’s worth it. If you’re going for it, be sure to make enough for the meat eaters. Everyone will want (at least) one of these!

Serve them on:


Cookies, cupcakes, and brownies are all easy to eat; everyone loves them; and you can find great versions of them at bakeries and grocery stores. If you want to do something sort of homemade (emphasis on sort of), try out these salted caramel cheesecake bites. They’re decadent, delicious, and if you start with great cheesecake, they’re foolproof!

Serve them on:

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