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Celebrate New Years Eve with a party and delicious food! Our New Year’s Eve dinner ideas and party food recipes will help you!

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Make your New Year’s Eve family meal extra special by serving a tantalizing spread of finger food appetizers, a main dish, and easy holiday sides! We also have some party ideas for your family gathering so you can ring in the new year in style!

Ring in the New Year with a delicious meal with your family! These dinner ideas will make your night special.

Whether it’s something fancy or something simple, you’ll get inspired to add to your New Year’s Eve dinner menu!

We also included some party tips and design ideas to make your dinner table extra festive. I’m sure you and your family will have a wonderful time!

Titled collage of New Year dinner ideas and party ideas.

New Year’s Eve Party Table Tips and Ideas

What better way to start off the New Year than with a party? Here are some tips and ideas to make your party look and feel extra special.

  • Ask each family member to bring something special: Whether it’s a dish, decoration, or game, everyone will be able to contribute something unique!
  • Set up a festive tablescape: Choose colors that go along with the theme of your party. Use table runners, balloons, and strings of lights to create a festive atmosphere!
  • Create a photo booth: Hang up a curtain and some fun props for everyone to take photos in front of as they arrive. It’s a fun way to capture memories from the night!
  • Design using festive balloons: Use balloons to fill up the room with a jubilant atmosphere.
  • Play party games: Everyone will love participating in team-building activities or competitive games. This is a great party idea while waiting for midnight to arrive!
  • Recap the past year: Have everyone share their favorite memories from the last year. This will help you all to reflect on the good and bad that happened in this past year. This will be better if those memories are shared using photos and videos!

Our Favorite New Years Dinner Ideas

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to get your family together to enjoy a special meal. Celebrate this joyous occasion with delicious food. Our New Years dinner ideas will bring smiles to everyone’s face.

With so many different options for recipes and dishes, it can be hard to decide what to make. So we have put together some amazing meal ideas that will help make your New Year’s Eve dinner menu extra special!

festive spiral cut ham for New Years dinner
Crock Pot Dr. Pepper Ham

From appetizers to side dishes, here is a list of our favorite New Year’s Eve meal ideas:

Easy Appetizers for New Years Eve

What’s a NYE party without delicious appetizers? Start your New Year’s Eve with tapas – a few small bites that will tantalize their taste buds. These finger foods are a great start to your dinner party.

loaded tater tot New Years Eve appetizers.
Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer
Loaded Tater Tots

Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer

Craving something crispy, cheesy, filled with flavor, and perfect for New Year parties? Let me introduce you to my Loaded Tater Tots Appetizer recipe! With toppings like sour cream, bacon bits, and chives.

Cheese & Charcuterie Board

This charcuterie board is the perfect addition to your New Year’s feast. This board is filled with meats, cheeses, and other delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds.

Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups

These Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups aka buffalo chicken bombs are the perfect mix of crispy, spicy, and cheesy that is sure to satisfy your cravings!

New Years Eve Dinner Main Dishes

The main course of your New Year’s Eve dinner should be something special. These are the dishes that will be the star of your meal. And what better way to ring in the new year than with a delicious main dish? Here are some of our favorites:

a plate of beef rib roast with mashed potatoes and asparagus with a cutting board showing a cut prime rib roast
Prime Rib Roast

Prime Rib Roast

Nothing says the holidays like a Prime Rib Roast. It is one of our family’s favorite dinners. Here is our family recipe that’s perfect for this New Year’s Eve!

Crock Pot Ham with Cola Glaze

This super easy Coca Cola Crock Pot Ham recipe is made in the slow cooker with a precooked ham, and includes a sweet coke and pineapple glaze.

Crock Pot Dr. Pepper Ham

This Dr. Pepper Ham Slow Cooker recipe is an easy ham recipe using precooked ham. This dish is simple to make and includes a brown sugar pineapple glaze that gives it a fantastic flavor.

Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup

Get ready for the easiest navy beans ever – made right in the Instant Pot. No presoaking necessary! This beans soup recipe is a one-pot soup, perfect anytime you need a tasty, richly flavored, but budget-friendly meal.

Instant Pot Lima Beans and Ham Soup

Savory, satisfying Instant Pot Lima Beans with Ham soup uses dried or frozen beans and precooked ham for an easy and budget-friendly recipe.

New Years Dinner Side Dishes

Don’t forget the side dishes! These sides are the perfect accompaniment to your main course and will make your New Year’s meal complete. Here are some of our favorite sides to serve with a New Year’s Eve dinner:

a bowl of hash brown casserole, with the serving dish in the background
Loaded Hash Brown Potato Casserole

Instant Pot Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Instant Pot Cracker Barrel cheesy hash brown casserole recipe is perfect to make in the pressure cooker as a side or main dish, for breakfast or dinner this New Year!

Loaded Hashbrown Potato Casserole

Baked hash brown casserole tastes like a loaded baked potato with cheese and bacon, but even better thanks to a kick of ranch seasoning. It's made with fresh or frozen shredded potatoes for an easy recipe – no soup needed!

Instant Pot Mashed Red Potatoes

This creamy, mashed potato recipe uses red potatoes, cream cheese, and the Instant Pot for the easiest, most delicious potatoes! And, it pairs well with our prime rib roast!

The Best Hash Brown Casserole (Cracker Barrel Copycat)

Rich, creamy and cheesy hash brown potatoes (aka funeral potatoes) are the ultimate cozy side dish. Enjoy your favorite Cracker Barrel classic at home with this foolproof copycat hash brown casserole recipe!

BreadS and RollS

A good dinner is never complete without bread! Serve a fresh loaf of bread or rolls to your family and give them something to dip in the delicious sauces or gravies. Some of our favorite bread recipes are:

Sourdough rolls on a basket and a wooden board.
Sourdough Rolls

Frozen Dinner Rolls Made Easy

These super-soft, fluffy Parkerhouse Rolls are sure to be the star of dinner. Made from frozen bread dough, these no-knead yeast rolls are so simple and easy to make that you won’t need to wait for a special occasion to serve them.

Rosemary Garlic Rolls

These super soft, rich, and buttery rolls are sure to be the star of dinner. Rosemary, garlic, and butter are brushed on the rolls to create a rich savory roll. With one bite, everyone will love these yummy Rosemary Garlic rolls.

Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls

You'll love Grandma's homemade Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls recipe. Make these easy potato dinner rolls for all your holidays and gatherings!

Sourdough Rolls

Soft and fluffy sourdough pull-apart dinner rolls are the perfect recipe to use with your sourdough starter discard and make something delicious.

I hope you get inspired by these meal and party ideas and have a very fun New Year’s Eve dinner with your family! Enjoy the special night and make it extra memorable. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!


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