5 Easy New Year's Eve Appetiser Ideas


When you're celebrating New Year's Eve, you want something light and easy to nibble on alongside those glasses of champagne. That's why any entertainer would know to plan for tapas-style New Year's Eve starters to keep the party going.

Here in Australia, we get to experience glorious daylight well into the evening at the peak of summer, so maybe some cool and fresh New Year's Eve appetisers also wouldn't hurt!

If you're feeling stuck on planning your New Year's Eve food, we have you covered. Simple, light, and super easy to prepare, here are 5 recipes to get you started.

Grazing Board | 5 Easy New Year's Appetiser Ideas

1. Grazing Board

If you want food ideas for New Year's Eve that are sure to delight anyone, you honestly can't go wrong with an impressive cheese platter or grazing board.

Start with a selection of meats from the deli, chunks of some tasty cheese, and some other items to fill the platter such as nuts, dried fruits, bread sticks, or crackers, and you have yourself a sophisticated and super delicious party starter to serve the crew. Brie cheese or salami are also known to be excellent pairings to go with champagne or sparkling wine.

Don't know how to make a cheese board? Read our post on How to Create the Perfect Cheese Platter!

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs | 5 Easy New Year's Eve Appetiser Ideas | Matchbox

2. Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Egg yolks, mayonnaise, hot sauce, folded in with some pimientos and a dash of green onion, and bam! You have a spicy-savoury treat to serve to your guests as they mingle away. This go-to party starter only involves a 3-step recipe, and finely garnished with some paprika to give it an extra zing. Find the recipe here.


Salted Caramel Popcorn | 5 Easy New Year's Eve Appetiser Ideas | Matchbox

3. Salted Caramel Popcorn

We know what you're thinking - but seriously, don't underestimate a good bowl of popcorn. Especially if you're planning a movie after dinner to wait for the fireworks, popcorn makes for a classic get-together nibble and can never go wrong. We love salted caramel as it feels more like that sweet-salty treat, but you can also opt for buttery homemade popcorn if you wish to!

Find our simple but spectacular homemade salted caramel popcorn recipe here.



Saucy Salmon Tacos | 5 Easy New Year's Eve Appetiser Ideas | Matchbox

4. Salmon Tacos with Papaya Salsa

This one's a killer for those hot & humid summer nights. A fun and tasty salmon recipe that is not only delicious, but also healthy and refreshing! For an extra tropical touch, you can top them with fresh papaya salsa which is excellent to embrace summer. We guarantee this recipe will be the talk of the town well until the New Years are over. Find the recipe here.


5 Easy New Year's Eve Appetiser Ideas | Matchbox

5. Garlic & Lemon Halloumi Chips

Sure, you can go with regular potato chips. But switching to haloumi chips only takes 1-2 extra steps and can elevate your New Year's party from typical Friday night vibes to a nicer planned evening gathering. All the difference is in the ingredients. See how you can make homemade halloumi chips your way through our recipe here!


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