10 Best NYE Party Snacks Ideas

Here I round up my 10 Best NYE Party Snack Ideas! These are snacks we serve at our Christmas Eve celebration and also on New Year’s Eve. They are perfect for parties and feeding a crowd!

I hope everyone is having a very Happy Holidays!!! Like I’ve mentioned before, on Christmas Eve my family has an appetizer party instead of dinner. I decided to post the menu now because any of these recipes would be great for upcoming New Year’s Eve parties.

My mom and I went a bit overboard for 15 people, but there were surprisingly few leftovers! As obvious from this list, I love dips! Sometimes I joke that dip is my favorite food – it’s so versatile in terms of the type of dip and the things you can dip in it 🙂  

I’ve provided a brief explanation below with each item and a picture or link. I’ve been so busy in St. Louis with family and apartment hunting for our move in May/June (we put a deposit down on a townhome this week!!!). Needless to say, I haven’t been a good blogger lately in terms of posts and keeping up with Google Reader. Hopefully I will be back in full force in January. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s!

1. Christmas Punch

Each year we always make this punch on Christmas Eve, and we have the leftover punch with brunch on Christmas morning. Out of respect for the kids, this punch is always kept non-alcoholic, although each individual is welcome to add some alcohol to his/her own cup (this year my cousins’ used Amaretto and thought it was a great combination!)  

Christmas Punch is always a favorite, and everyone looks forward to it. It is super sweet, but absolutely delicious. Kids love it – why wouldn’t they, it has about 5 pounds of sugar! But it’s Christmas so it’s ok!

Christmas Punch in a cup

Christmas Punch

A delicious festive punch perfect for Christmas or any special occasion.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12 or more


  • 1 package cherry Koolaid
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 large can frozen orange juice (~6 ounces )
  • 1/2 large can pineapple juice (~23 ounces )
  • 3 ounces lemonade concentrate
  • 2 quarts water (8 cups )
  • 7 ounces ginger ale
  • 1/2 quart orange sherbet


  • Combine the first 6 ingredients in a punch bowl.
  • Scoop the orange sherbet onto the surface of the punch.
  • Pour the ginger ale over the sherbet to make a nice, bubbly foam.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Source: Adapted from a recipe by family friend Jeanette A.
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Keyword drink, holiday, party
Christmas Punch PIN

2. Stuffed Strawberries

I’ve seen these on several blogs, and I know they are a popular party snack. I started doing them the way that the recipe and comments on Allrecipes suggest, then my mom showed me how to stuff them from the stem side, which is how she’s seen them before – I actually thought these looked better! I did both for the platter to give a variety. These were a big hit!  

stuffed strawberries

Stuffed Strawberries

Strawberries stuffed with a cream cheese fruit dip for an easy to grab bite!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36 strawberries (approx.)


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries


  • Beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar with electric mixer or by hand.
  • Wash and dry the strawberries. Either make a criss-cross cut down each strawberry starting at the pointed end and ending shortly before the stem, OR hull the strawberry and use a paring knife to make small hole in the strawberry where the stem was.
  • Add the cream cheese mixture to a piping bag with a star tip. Pipe into each strawberry. Serve on a platter.


Source: Adapted from Allrecipes.com
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Keyword holiday, party, snack

3. Dill Dip in Rye Bread Round

This is a popular recipe but always a must for us on Christmas Eve – it’s soooo delicious! It’s a hollowed out round of rye bread filled with a homemade creamy dill dip. The bread that was removed from the center o the rye is scattered around and used for dipping.

This year I had some leftover fresh dill, and it was a nice touch. Not necessarily much different than dried dill though, so use what’s more convenient. The dip calls for beau monde, which is just a spice that you should be able to find at any grocery store. If you’ve never had this dip, you must try it!  

Dill Dip in Rye Bread Round

A popular appetizer featuring a hollowed round of rye bread with a cream dill dip in the center surrounded by chunks of rye for dipping.
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (regular or light)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream (regular or light)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon beau monde
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 1 round of rye bread


  • Combine all dip ingredients in a bowl and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Cut a whole in a round of rye. Fill the opening with the dip and break or cut the removed bread into chunks for dipping.


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Keyword appetizer, holiday, party, snack

4. Cocktail [Turkey] Meatballs

I’ve made these meatballs for many years. The fam always forgets they are made of turkey, and I don’t remind them. I find that people have preconceived notions about turkey and that affects how much they like the meatballs. So I just labeled them “Cocktail Meatballs.” They loved these this year, and I revealed at the end of the night that they were turkey – they were surprised that they didn’t know the difference!

I do find that you don’t get nicely round ball shapes with ground turkey, so if you are going for presentation, ground beef is probably the way to go. You can even buy frozen meatballs at the store and make the sauce at home – no one will know but you! 🙂  

Cocktail Turkey Meatballs

Homemade turkey or beef meatballs with a sweet and tangy sauce. These meatballs are always at a hit at parties!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 24 meatballs (approx.)


  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon snipped parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces jarred chili sauce (like Heinz)
  • 10 ounces grape jelly


  • Combine first 8 ingredients and mix well. Add meat and mix until evenly incorporated.
  • Form 1-inch meatballs, and place on waxed paper-lined plates.
  • Heat oil in a skillet and fry the meatballs until browned on the outside but not cooked through. Drain on paper towels for a few minutes and transfer to a plate or to a slow cooker if following the slow cook directions.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine chili sauce and grape jelly, and stir frequently until jelly has melted completely.
  • Add the meatballs to the saucepan, stir to coat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Alternatively, pour sauce over meatballs and cook on low for at least 3-4 but up to 8-10 hours. Stir occasionally.


Source: Adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook
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Keyword appetizer, holiday, party, snack

5. Hot Artichoke Dip

My mom found this recipe this year in a cookbook she recently acquired. Typically homemade artichoke dips that I’ve made have been very greasy, but this one was less so, probably because it’s predominantly cream cheese rather than mayonnaise. We used light cream cheese and regular mayo, but I’m sure it’s be great with light mayo as well. I love artichokes so I knew I’d enjoy this – it was a very tasty dip!

Hot Artichoke Dip

A warm, cheesy artichoke dip to serve with vegetables, crackers, or tortilla chips.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 14 ounces canned artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)


  • Mix all ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Spoon into 9-inch pie plate or small rectangular baking dish.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until very lightly browned.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, pita chips, or vegetables.


Source: Philadelphia Cream Cheese Classic Recipes cookbook
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Keyword appetizer, holiday, party, snack

6. Buffalo Chicken Dip

one of the favorites of the night!  

7. Double Tomato Bruschetta

double tomato bruschetta on a white plate

another favorite that ended up being my mom and my dad’s choice for top appetizer of the night!  

8. Layered Taco Dip

9. Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomato Appetizers

10. Ro-tel Dip

I think most people have had or at least heard of this dip – you just mix 1 can of Ro-tel tomatoes with 1 package of Velveeta. We keep it in a small crockpot when we serve it because the warmth helps maintain the right consistency. I’m not sure how I feel about Velveeta in general, but this dip is just plain good! We serve it with tortilla chips.

With the exception of Christmas Punch, these are my top savory snack ideas for a Holiday Party. For dessert ideas, check out my 10 Best Holiday Dessert Recipes for a Holiday Open House.

Looking for Christmas Cookie Recipes?

Check out my favorite Christmas Cookie recipes:
Classic Butter Cookies
Classic Sugar Cookies, which can be left plain or decorated with Royal Icing in Christmas Pastels
Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
Santa’s Whiskers Cookies
Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
Coconut Macaroons

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