10 Easy and Tasty Party Bites for New Year’s Eve

So, 2014 is happening soon! I have to say that 2013 was pretty good to me. It was a year that brought me far from where I started. My year began with being notified that my full-time job was being reduced to freelance hours (nice way to start the year, huh?). Having a bit of free time on my hands, and not knowing what I wanted to do next, I started this blog on a whim. Home base is my dining room table.

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I made some lemony chicken soup, posted it here, and entered it into a contest on new-to-me Food52. It unexpectedly went on to be named a Community Pick, which means that other Food52 users liked it and thought it deserved a shout-out. I was surprised, flattered and motivated to keep going. Even if it meant many, many trips to the grocery store. Sometimes for a single pineapple that rode shotgun on the way home.

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I posted clean-out-the-cupboard recipes and photos of my dog posing with a blowtorch. I had about five readers, including my husband, and mom and dad. I had no idea how to use my camera, so I just turned it on Auto and hoped for the best. Almost a year later, I’ve developed, photographed and posted nearly 200 recipes. I’ve studied and researched and practiced to improve my food photography. I have over 1,200 people on Facebook and almost 3,700 people on Pinterest following along with my kitchen adventures. I’ve had the chance to work with companies I admire.  I’ve received the nicest comments and e-mails from people around the world (even The Sandwich King himself!). I’ve virtually met dozens of new friends, and have even met a few of them in person, too!

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All of this to say: thank you so much for supporting and encouraging me in 2013. None of this would be possible without you. I wish nothing but the best for you, your family, and your kitchen in 2014. I don’t know where the year will take us, but I look forward to standing up tall and finding out.

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Whether you’re ringing in the New Year by hosting or attending a party, or just snuggling up on the couch with your family, party food is a non-negotiable, right? I’ve rounded up my favorite 10 easy and tasty party bites for New Year’s Eve, including award-winning meatballs, wonton cups (my unofficial Food Of The Year, thanks to Angela), healthy snacks for those already thinking about resolutions, and a few bites for your sweet tooth. All of these can be whipped up in less than a half hour (and many in much less than that!). So put on your party hat (and mustache glasses?) and have a great celebration!

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Click the names of the dishes to go to the recipes. And if you get to the recipe, and the formatting is a bit funky, I apologize – I’m still getting things re-aligned after my Blogger-to-Wordpress transfer.

 

1. Crunchy Veggie & Black Bean Spring Rolls

Crunchy Veggie & Black Bean Spring Rolls - Perfect for New Year's Eve! A fun vegetarian/vegan snack party bite. | foxeslovelemons.com

2. Spinach & Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms - Perfect for New Year's Eve! An incredibly easy party food that uses a little help from the grocery store ;) | foxeslovelemons.com

3. Crabby Snacks

Crabby Snacks - Perfect for New Year's Eve! Crunchy bruschetta topped with fresh crab salad and creamy avocado.  | foxeslovelemons.com

4. Greek Shrimp Bruschetta

Greek Shrimp Bruschetta - Perfect for New Year's Eve! Sauteed shrimp with olives, tomato, feta and capers. Serve with crunchy bruschetta. | foxeslovelemons.com

5. Shrimp Scampi Rolls with Old Bay Mayo

Shrimp Scampi Rolls with Old Bay Mayo - Perfect for New Year's Eve! An appetizer-sized shrimp roll that comes together in just 15 minutes! | foxeslovelemons.com

6. Chicken, Mango & Avocado Wonton Cups

Chicken, Mango & Avocado Wonton Cups - Perfect for New Year's Eve! A simple, colorful and flavorful finger food! | foxeslovelemons.com

7. Greek Chicken Meatballs

Greek Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt Sauce - Perfect for New Year's Eve! Can be kept warm in a slow cooker! | foxeslovelemons.com

 

8. Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs

Spicy Korean-Style Gochujang Meatballs - An award-winning party bite perfect for New Year's Eve! | foxeslovelemons.com

Photo by James Ransom for Food52

 

9. Apricot-Ricotta Crostini

Apricot-Ricotta Crostini - Perfect for New Year's Eve! Multigrain baguette slices topped with ricotta, almonds, apricots and honey. | foxeslovelemons.com

10. Cannoli Strawberries

Cannoli Strawberries - Perfect for New Year's Eve! The cannoli for people who love fruit and don't want to turn on the oven. | foxeslovelemons.com