Best ever New Year’s Eve party food

Hosting a New Year's Eve party? We've got your party food covered. From finger food and crowd pleasing mains, to show-stopping desserts and sparkly cocktails, you're sure to bring in the new year in style with these easy recipes

Fig and goat’s cheese puffs

The easiest party finger food, ready in half an hour – ready made puff pastry topped with goat’s cheese and pretty figs makes the perfect canapé.


Pork and prawn dumplings

Small, delicious parcels of succulent meat and fish with a kick of chilli and ginger, pork and prawn dumplings are a dim sum favourite. Learn how to make them with step-by-step help from our test kitchen.

Avocado and prawn cocktail toasts

If you’re looking to make a light canapé this New Year’s Eve, why not make these avocado and prawn cocktail toasts. They’re a modern twist on a prawn cocktail and count for one of your five a day! While they look fancy, they’re easy and quick to make.

Avocado and prawn cocktail toasts recipe

Thai-style fishcakes with sweet and sour cucumber pickle

Thai fishcakes make brilliant party food or a dinner party starter as you can fry them in advance and keep warm in the oven. The easy cucumber pickle adds an authentic Southeast Asian touch.

Caramelised onion and chorizo nachos

If you’re hosting a small party, why not make a batch of nachos? These caramelised onion and chorizo nachos are cheesy, spicy and smoky. Not only are they fun to make but they’re fun to eat to. Put them on the table and let everyone dig in…they’ll be gone in minutes.

Caramelised onion and chorizo nachos

Mini lobster rolls

These mini lobster rolls are easy to make but look impressive – perfect for hassle-free entertaining.

kale hush puppies with lemon aïoli

Hush puppies are little American savoury doughnuts in a polenta batter. A classic side dish for seafood, they are also great for parties. These vegetarian kale ones are eaten with an aioli dip.

Smoked salmon, herb and cream cheese stacks

Everyone loves smoked salmon so it makes a brilliant choice for party food. This really easy, simple canapé layers smoked salmon with creamy mascarpone cheese and zesty lemon and chives.

Spiced cod fritters with harissa honey dip

Every party needs food with a spicy kick, and these fritters will tick that box. They’re easy to snack on, and can be served alongside other Persian dishes. The honey dip gives a sweet flavour to the otherwise spicy snack.

Spiced cod fritters with harissa honey dip fritters

Fried aubergine sticks with sumac and honey

Easy aubergine sticks: designed to impress your friends and family at any festive party. With a minty yoghurt dip, this Mediterranean-inspired recipe is a great twist on chips and dip. It just needs a drizzle of honey to finish it off!

Pork-belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce

These pork-belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce make easy but impressive canapés for the festive season

Mini salmon and hollandaise tarts

With only four ingredients, these mini salmon and hollandaise tarts are quick and easy to make but deliver classic flavours.

Crab crostini

Light and delicate crab crostini make perfect canapés for drinks parties. Make the crab mix and toast the baguette ahead, but don’t assemble until ready to eat as the bread will become soggy.

Avocado fries

Avocado has become the most loved vegetable of the year. Whether you’re using it in chocolate mousse or in a cake, they’re versatile and delicious. Why not make these avocado fries as a healthy alternative. They’re covered with tortilla chips so they have a delicious crunchy texture.

Avocado fries recipe olive magazine

fried chicken buns

This crowd pleaser is great scaled up for when you have unexpected guests (especially lots of kids!) round this festive season. All you need are some chicken thigh fillets, salad, mango chutney and soft rolls.

posh cheese, bacon and fig toasties

A super-easy posh toasted cheese sandwich with added bacon, caramelised onion marmalade and figs. Whip these up for your guests towards the end of the evening, after they’ve partied the night away! Don’t forget to use up all those scraps of cheese leftover from Christmas.

Quick pork and bean tacos

These quick pork and bean tacos are the perfect speedy meal to make for any festive party. Put everything on the table and let people help themselves.

Carne asada tacos with pickled jalapeño and coriander salsa

The best recipe for a Mexican meal. Carne asada, or beef tacos are made with grilled steak and served with guacamole, pickled chillies and a fresh coriander salsa. Assemble on the table and let everyone dig in.

Hot and smoky beef chilli

Best beef chilli fit for a crowd. Made with chipotle chilli and fresh green chilli this is both warming and with a kick. Serve with guacamole and rice.

Fall-apart vindaloo with red onion mint chutney

If you love curry, you’ll love this vindaloo. Originating from Goa, our version is easy, made with pork and full of authentic spices. Serve with rice and homemade mint chutney at your party.

Best-ever tear-and-share garlic bread

Garlic bread is always a crowd-pleaser. This is our recipe for the best-ever tear-and-share garlic bread which not only looks fantastic, but is packed with mozzarella and parmesan as well as the garlic butter. It’ll be your new favourite.

Spiced rum bamkuchen

If you want a dessert that will wow your guests, this spiced rum bamkuchen will be just the thing. Not only does it look impressive, it tastes impressive too. With a warm spicy flavour, and a generous covering of sweet chocolate, it would be a great cake to end the year on.

Spiced Rum Bamkuchen Cake Recipe - layered german christmas cake covered in chocolate glaze and white chocolate lines

Apricot and white chocolate cookies

These apricot and white chocolate cookies are really easy to make but taste delicious. They are ideal for a bit of festive baking and only take 40 minutes.


Crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, struffoli are traditional treats from Naples, Italy, and are often served with honey and other sweet ingredients – perfect for the festive season.

Baked blueberry donuts with lemon glaze

These baked blueberry doughnuts with lemon glaze look fantastic, taste delicious and are surprisingly easy to make. Plus, because they’re baked not fried, so they’re healthier than your average doughnut. You will need a doughnut-baking tray, available from Lakeland or Sainsbury’s.

Baileys tiramisu

If you want a dessert that friends can just dig into, this is a great option. Rich and creamy, it’s perfect for soaking up lots of prosecco. Why not make a few desserts that you can just put out on the table and leave people to it?

Baileys Tiramisu in a dish with a slice cut out

White chocolate salami

This white chocolate salami is really easy to make but looks impressive. Slice and serve up to your party guests this New Year’s Eve.

Mojito cake

Soak light and airy sponges in a mojito-infused sugar syrup, then cover with a zingy lime buttercream. Our mojito cake is an absolute stunner! Recipe created by olive reader Joanne Middleton.

Bourbon biscuit brownies

Brownies are universally popular and a great for all occasions. If you’ve got children and adults coming to a party, a batch of brownies will keep everyone happy. They’re rich and indulgent. We suggest making a double batch, as the first lot will be gone in minutes.

Bourbon biscuit brownies

churros with hot chocolate sauce

Everyone loves Spanish churros and they won’t be able to believe these are homemade! The rich, indulgent hot chocolate sauce is also delicious over ice cream. These treats will be a great addition to any New Year’s Eve party spread.

Sweet miso caramels

If you’re a fan of savoury snacks, but fancy making a sweet nibble to offer your guests, make these sweet miso caramels. They’re sweet and salty as well as being incredibly moreish. Pop a few on a plate and pass them around.

Sweet Miso Caramel Recipe

White chocolate roulade with Baileys

Treat your loved ones to a great dessert with this luxurious festive bake made with white chocolate and Baileys. It’s easy to make and requires very little effort, so you’ll have even more time to party the night away.

Winter-spiced pear cocktail

This cocktail brings a mojito and a glass of mulled wine into one glass. Warm and spicy with a silky texture, it’s as festive as it gets. If you make the pear syrup in advance, it’s incredibly quick and easy to make when your guests arrive.

Spiced Pear Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb and vodka jellies

Delicious desserts strictly for adults! These jellies have a generous helping of boozy fun added for extra flavours

white sparkle

A great sparkling New Year’s party cocktail. After you have decorated the Champagne flutes, chill them by putting in the freezer for a short while or filling with ice for a few minutes.

Frozen mango and lime margaritas

Margaritas are great party cocktail and also make an ideal accompaniment to Mexican dishes. Our frozen margarita is perfect to cool your guests down through a night of dancing, with sweet mango and a dash of lime.

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