Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Small Bites And A Glass of Bubbly


Small bite hors d’oeuvres will add a festive touch as you drink your favorite glass of bubbly and wait to ring in the New Year. Whether it’s the two of you at home or you need to bring an appetizer to a party, any of these bite size appetizers will be a hit.  

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I can happily make a meal out of appetizers, especially when they are as tasty as the ones pictured above. These easy to prepare small bite hors d’oeuvres have always been popular with my guests and are appropriate any time of the year.

Shrimp Cocktail Phyllo Bites are simple to make hors d’oeuvres. They are crispy store bought phyllo cups filled with creamy cheese, cocktail sauce and a bite size shrimp sitting on top and can be put together in 15 minutes.

Roasted Grapes With Warm Brie Crostini is a sweet and savory appetizer, It takes mere minutes to put together and is perfect to serve at an impromptu gathering of friends or at a evening cocktail party.

Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites are cucumbers slices topped with a smear of garlic & fine herbs Boursin cheese, smoked salmon, capers and red onions. Delicious, gluten free and low carb, they are healthier than a lot of appetizers you see at cocktail parties.  

Mini Avocado Toast with Lobster Salad is the ultimate party appetizer. Lobster salad turns avocado toast into elegant finger food to sip with Champagne. When lobster isn’t within the budget, shrimp salad is a good alternative.

Tomato, Spinach And Goat Cheese Tarts are made with easy to find store bought ingredients, but look as though they came from a gourmet food store. The colorful tarts can be served as appetizers but also make a pretty side dish at your next social gathering.

Savory Goat Cheese Truffles are bite size savory goat cheese balls mixed with dried fruit and then rolled in nuts or seeds and skewered with a pretzel stick. No cooking skills needed for this fun appetizer.


Whether you are staying home for a quiet evening watching the televised celebrations around the world or celebrating with a group of friends, I hope you will enjoy the small bites I have shared. I would like to take this time to say “thank you” to all the readers that have stopped by this year. Your visits and comments mean a lot and are very much appreciated. My wish is that the coming New Year will be a healthy and happy one for us all. 

““May the New Year bless you with health, wealth, and happiness.” 

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43 thoughts on “Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Small Bites And A Glass of Bubbly

  1. Karen, I just made a different version of the mini-cheese balls (cranberries/pistachios) for a cocktail party I attended. They were a big hit – easy to make, easy to serve. The tomato, spinach, and goat cheese tarts sound like a winner also. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy new year, Karen. I’m hoping 2023 sees you happy and comfortable and filled with joy.
    The Mini Avocado Toast with Lobster Salad sounds perfect.

  3. These are all such good ideas. Rick and I are planning to stay home this year and do exactly as you suggested so thanks for this. I especially love the cuke and smoked salmon. I have all that in my fridge!

    Thanks so much for your very kind and lovely comment on my blog last week. It’s been a tough year (for both of us, I think). But onward!

  4. Mmmm, my husband smoked a slab o salmon. Those appetizers are a great idea. Happy New Year! I am a graduate of the University of Georgia, watching football on New Years Eve…

  5. Happy New Year to you, Karen! Thank you so much for sharing these delicious bites. Wishing you a wonderful 2023 filled with goodness x

  6. The shrimp is calling to me! Beautiful and sounds so delicious. All of these would sure make a fun hors d’oeurve party. Wishing you the happiest new year! 🙂 ~Valentina

  7. These all sound delicious. Sometimes appetisers can be even better than one full meal. You’ve given me some great ideas here! Enjoy and happy new year. 🥂

  8. Hi Karen!! Just shouting out a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy new year!!
    Thank you for being a wonderful friend and mentor to us!! We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful recipes and travels!
    Anna and Liz

  9. Small bites are a favorite around our house. I can’t wait to try the tomato, spinach, goat cheese tarts! Bubbly is a favorite of mine all year round (It’s a party in a glass.) My newest favorite is a Gruner Veltliner brut from Stift Klossterneuberg Austria. Dry and fresh tasting with loads of small bubbles. Price point is nice too. Best to you and your hubby for a wonderful 2023!

  10. We are traveling this year for NYE – but if we were not I would definitely be including these tasty bites to our usual NYE spread. Like you, appetizers make a wonderful meal at times. 🙌🏻🥂🙌🏻

  11. Your bites look delicious and I wouldn’t need anything else . A happy and healthy New Year to you ,

  12. Your appetizers are beautiful to look at it, and I’m confident they’re delicious. I am really impressed with your dedication to beautiful presentation, Karen. I hope 2023 is truly gentle, my friend.

  13. Happy and Healthy New Year, Karen! Thank you for your Christmas best wishes! I hope you also had a lovely holiday. Your appetizers all look delicious. We are often asked to bring an appetizer to parties at friends’ homes and many of these would be perfect.

  14. A delicious selection. Thanks for the email.
    A very Happy New Year to you. May it be a healthy, happy and peaceful year. Cheers Diane

  15. They all look and sound delicious, Karen! Wishing you a year filled with love and adventure for 2023! Be well, my blogging friend. Looking forward to reading about your trips and wonderful recipes!

  16. Happy New Year to you and yours, Karen. I just love a dinner made of appetizers or tapas in the south of Spain. So easy to spread out the dinner too, just be grazing all night. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy and healthy new year.

  17. Pinning these ideas for 2023 party ideas, Karen, thank you so much for sharing them. We’re always looking for little nibbles and these all look amazing. Sending you tons of hugs and adding my prayers and well wishes for good health, wealth, and lots of love this year. You definitely deserve it, CoCo

  18. Karen I hope you are well and sending you a Happy New Year wish. Thanks for being a loyal fan over the years. Love these little bites and easy to do as well. Here’s is to a wonderful and interesting 2023.

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