Ring in the New Year with Appetizers, Mini Desserts and Good Luck Food!

 Ring in the New Year with Appetizers, Mini Desserts and Good Luck Food!

Are you ready to ring in the new year? I have a few bites for your New Year’s Eve entertaining or to enjoy while watching the ball drop, sitting on the sofa! Click on the links below the photos for the complete recipe!

Happy New Year Sparkling Mini Parfaits

 Sparkling Mini Parfaits! These no-bake party size desserts are easy to assemble using ready-made cake from the grocery store, making them as simple or as fancy as you like. Add a sparkler in celebration and serve!

Chocolate Tuxedo Cups with Strawberries and Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

Chocolate Tuxedo Cups with Strawberries and Grand Marnier Whipped Cream! A festive, sweet bite for New Year’s Eve! Easy to dress, filling with your favorite ingredients.

Mini Chicken & Waffles with Pepper Jelly Syrup

Short Cut Mini Chicken & Waffles with Pepper Jelly Syrup! A Southern dish turned-finger food, that’s fit for company and fun for New Years!

Parmesan-Crusted Crab Cake Bites with Chive Aioli

This little bite is a crowd pleaser! The crab mixture can be made a day in advance, then the bite-size cakes are baked in a mini muffin tin with a crust of Parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs!

Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted Grapes

Oh so good and easy! You can roast the grapes in advance, allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to assemble. If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, substitute another soft cheese like goat, Boursin or Brie.

Warm Olives with Rosemary & Garlic Cloves

Warm Olives, so simple and so good!

Use your favorite olives, especially easy and convenient using a mixed assortment from the olive bar at the grocery store. Ready to serve in 10 minutes.

Good Luck New Year Layered Cornbread Salad

A layered salad with ingredients to bring good luck in the new year~ cornbread, corn kernels, black-eyed peas, and bacon. Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes and smoked turkey, makes it a complete meal.

Good Luck Hoppin' John

Skippin’ Jenny Parfaits, aka leftover Hoppin’ John the day after New Year’s in a party serving for a fun dose of good luck!


Happy New Year!

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  27 comments for “Ring in the New Year with Appetizers, Mini Desserts and Good Luck Food!

  1. LuAnn Pachkoski
    December 28, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Very pretty table setting and delicious recipes! Thank you for the wonderful ideas! Happy New Year Mary!

  2. December 28, 2015 at 6:43 am

    How did I miss most of these AWESOME posts, Mary??!! Must have been right after DH passed away & I wasn’t on the computer much, otherwise I would have bookmarked every single one! Amazing variety & such luscious presentations. You should do a book, you know. It would be a best seller for sure!

  3. Michelle
    December 28, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Good morning! Love the the small bites! Will be great for entertaining this week! Thanks for sharing and thanks for a great year of posts! Happy New Year!

  4. December 28, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Everything sounds very tasty Mary, I’d even pop a couple of those olives this early in the day:@)

  5. Ellen Stillabower
    December 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Olives are one of my favorite foods!! I’ll try your olive recipe! Love all your recipes..thank you for sharing and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family!! 😍🍾🍷🎉🎊🎈

  6. emily antonecchia
    December 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    When in the world do you have time to do al this…..recipes and décor is over the top…..Happy New Year

  7. Joe
    December 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Your site is amazing! Thanks also for using our Kane Candy Chocolate Tuxedo Cups in your blog and website.
    We appreciate it and absolutely LOVE your designs, recipes & your dogs! All the best in the new year!

  8. Melodie Strickland
    December 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Will have to share some of these recipes with my sister-in-law Pat as my hubby and I are staying the night with her and her husband. They look scrumptious!!

  9. December 28, 2015 at 9:58 am

    All your yum yums are affecting my tum tum!

  10. December 28, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I wish I could wiggle my nose and have all these perfect treats appear for New Year’s Mary! I might be able to manage a mini sparkling parfait or two, but I am flat cooked out! You have inspired me though, once again, to up my game and bring out some fancy :) Love the tuxedo cups, yum, and the chicken & waffle bites. More tornado dodging today, ughhhh, hope this doesn’t come your way…

  11. Anne
    December 28, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for all the things you bring us throughout the year. Hope your New Year is great great. Hugs to the pups.

  12. December 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I could just eat my way right through your post, Mary! I surely need some good luck for the coming year. Bless you for all your party inspiration.

  13. December 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Mary , just when I started racking my brain for New Year`s , you post this wonderful blog! Thank you so much & Happy New Year!

  14. December 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for all these wonderful recipes!!! You are the BEST!!!

  15. franki
    December 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Those parfaits are PERFECT!! CHEERS!! franki

  16. December 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    My mouth is watering. Food looks delicious and so pretty too. Happy New Year.
    I have got to begin a diet. Too much indulgence is catching up with me.

  17. Cynthia Raines
    December 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Wow – so many temptations! But the crab bites sound wonderful – will have to put on my “must try list”. Thanks Mary. Also, wanted to let you know that the Panettone Trifle with Orange Curd and Raspberries turned out WONDERFUL. It was absolutely delicious, not even a smidge left! lol. Happy New Year!

  18. Cindy
    December 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Fantastic! Beautiful! Yummy! Thanks!

  19. December 28, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Mary, I thought I had finished with all the eating, until I saw these delicious yummies! The chicken waffle sounds really great! Wishing you a Happy New Year! Pam @everydayliving

  20. December 28, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Ok. Can I just come live with y’all?!! I promise I’ll pull my weight and clean up your kitchen after you make all these too good, little delights!!! I just want your creativity and your energy!
    Also made your trifle for our big meal. What a treat that was!!

  21. December 29, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Oh my goodness you have the most beautiful blog and the content is always so appetizing and gorgeous!
    Thank you for what you do for all of us out there happy New Year to you too!

  22. Cynthia Raines
    December 29, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Mary, was just re-reading the recipe for the mini-chicken and waffles. They sound yummy too. Question: Did you warm the waffles in the oven or just served at room temperature? Or can you toast them? I’ve never seen the mini’s, but will look for them the next time I’m in the grocery store. Thanks.

    • December 29, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Hi Cyndi, Follow the package directions for heating the waffles. They’re good served warm or at room temp!

  23. December 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Love the appetizers and I am going to try those mini chicken waffles!!! And, I am all for the good luck food!…Great inspiration for New Year’s here Mary!!!

  24. Donna C
    December 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Tuxedo cups, mini chicken and waffles, parmesan-crusted crab cake bites…definitely going to make all of them! Thank you for sharing!!

  25. December 29, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Your talent for not only creating terrific food items but also for the fabulous displays is outstanding! Enjoyed looking at these pics so much! Happy New Year!

  26. Beth
    January 2, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Mary, Happy New Year! Thank you very much for generously sharing your time, talent and creation of a wonderful site. The appetizers and small bites are fabulous! And the photography is awesome. You have a wonderful eye for design. I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2016!

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