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 and inspiration for your New Year’s Eve entertaining or to enjoy while sitting at home watching the ball drop as well as some ‘good luck’ food! Click on the links below for the complete recipe or post.

New Year’s Countdown Table

Ring in the New Year with a celebratory countdown table with clock plates, clocks and party horns and hats

New Year’s Countdown Tree

Transform the Christmas tree to a New Year’s Countdown Tree, with the addition of gold and silver ribbon, streamers, party horns and tiaras for New Year’s Eve sparkling celebration!

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. Make 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.

Easy Entertaining to Ring in the New Year: A Festive Cheese Platter!

Easy to pull together at the last-minute and festive way to entertain

New Year’s Eve Popcorn Party Mix

This candy coated popcorn party mix is an easy sweet and salty treat that is highly addictive. It’s dressed to impress with gold and silver edible stars, perfect for a party or New Year’s Eve snacking while watching the Ball Drop!

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.

Honey-Rosemary Cherries and Blue Cheese Crostini

Make the cherry medley ahead of time and place bowls of ingredients and baguette slices for your guests to assemble a delicious self-serve party bite!

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!

Good Luck New Year Appetizer: Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

This Black-Eyed Pea Hummus is a delicious and healthy way to serve up some good luck for the New Year!

Broccoli-Cheddar Cornbread

Broccoli-Cheddar Cornbread

Cornbread is considered a good luck food for the new year since the color resembles gold. The addition of broccoli and cheese makes for a moist and flavorful cornbread that sneaks in some green veggies!


Good Luck New Year Cornbread Skillet

 Serve up your good luck for the new year with pork, black-eyed peas and collards under a layer of golden cornbread, in one skillet!


Wishing you a Sparkling New Year!


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

  1. Cindi
    December 28, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I am always in awe of your creativity and shared recipes. Today’s posting is truly inspiring!

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    December 28, 2016 at 6:55 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Love the costinis and olives!! Really love the whole post!!! Thank you for sharing now and all through the year! I have been inspired by so many of your ideas!! Looking forward to another creative year!! God bless you!! ❤❤❤❤

  3. December 28, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Oh my goodness, Mary!!! ~~Inspiration sensory overload~~ Those chocolate tuxedo cups with strawberries are just the most super idea E-V-E-R!! So Fun!!!
    Thanks for millions of ideas over these past few years. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. December 28, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Definitely the best way to countdown to the New Year Mary, lots of sparkle and yummy bites! I’ll take one of each please! Where did 2016 go?? 🎉

  5. Ellen
    December 28, 2016 at 9:10 am

    DELICIOUS!!! I’m already going to make those mini parfaits and chocolate tuxedo cups with Grand Mariner whipped cream- for sure! Warm olives sound divine and all of these other appetizers do too, they are must save recipes. I can not wait to try the broccoli-cheddar cornbread, three favorites all together- YUM!! I’m definitely making that for our New Year’s family brunch. Thank-you for this magnificent post and spectacular photos, and the divine recipes too. Your posts are always gifts to me. The very Happiest of New Years to YOU!

  6. December 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Now you’ve done it. I’ll be hungry all day! Love cornbread and broccoli — that’s a recipe I’ll definitely have to try … with a little Prosecco………… ……!
    Merry Merry and Happy New Year!

  7. Alice
    December 28, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I agree with Cindi, you are one awesome blogger. The recipes are fabulous and your photography is beautiful. If only I had your energy and creativity. Keep up the fun work. We love it and look forward every day to what you have to share,

  8. Carol Griffin
    December 28, 2016 at 10:23 am

    As always, you have outdone yourself with all of these fabulous recipes and ideas! I was going to pick out my favorite but that is not possible since they all look and sound so good! Have a very blessed 2017!

  9. December 28, 2016 at 10:51 am

    These recipes sound so amazing Mary, and your food photography is absolutely awesome! Ooos and aahhhs to all the dishes and silver and decor!!!!

  10. December 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

    We had no plans for New Years but now your post makes me want to throw a party!

    • December 28, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Hit send too soon! Happy New Year! Thank you for a year of wonderful inspirations!

  11. December 28, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Mary, who wouldn’t want to be invited for all this beautifully presented food? Happy New Year!!

  12. December 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I love the idea of the layered good luck cornbread salad. I might try that this year! I’ve made the mini chick waffles, and everyone in the family loved it. Can you eat the dragées in the parfaits? They looks so festive and fun! I also LOVE your New Year’s Countdown Tree!!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • December 29, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Hi Ricki Jill, Yes the dragées are edible. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

  13. Cyndi Raines
    December 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you Mary ~ they all look so good! The cornbread looks so delish! Will have to try soon. A very Happy New Year to you!! T

  14. December 29, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I could just eat my way through New Year’s with all your wonderful recipes, Mary! Thank you for a delightful year of inspiration from you. Happy 2017! ❤

  15. December 30, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Happy New Year, Mary…Looking forward to more creative and beautirul posts from you next year!

  16. Beth
    January 1, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for the great crab bite recipe. The neighbors loved these. They were the first to go on the appetizer table. Happy New Year.

    • January 1, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks for letting me know Beth, glad they were a hit! Happy New Year!

  17. January 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I made your Parmesan Crusted Crab Bites w/chive aioli to bring to a New Year’s Day Brunch…they were a huge hit! My new “Go To” little bites…..

    • January 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Glad they were a hit Lois, thanks for letting me know! :)

  18. December 26, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    So many great appetizer and dessert ideas and I love the Christmas tree turned New Year’s tree with its jaunty top hat. Happy New Year to you!

  19. December 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    It’s just going to be me and my husband this year, but I plan to try a couple of the recipes. I especially love the tree!

  20. Donna
    December 28, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Happy New Year to you and your family! I love your blog and get so much inspiration from it. I’m determined to make your edible bird house for my feathered friends! Stay warm!!

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