New Year’s party food ideas.

Hosting a gathering of friends on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day? Hooray! These appetizers are easy to make, beautiful and delicious—they’ll earn raves from your party guests:

walnut and blue cheese spread—with just five ingredients, this cheese ball recipe is easy to put together and it’s one of my favorites. Serve with crispy water crackers.

speaking of crackers—it’s easy and fun to make your own. Here’s a recipe for simple homemade crackers.

beautiful cheddar straws—in the cracker family, sure, but these are light, crisp and look great when presented in a tall glass.

apricot-tarragon savory cookies—this savory variation on the shortbread cookie has a bit of salt and a bit of olive oil. Perfect as an accompaniment to crisp white wine.

white bean dip—my favorite alternative to hummus, this smooth and flavorful puree is made with canned white beans and a kick of lemon. Great on pita chips.

rosemary-cayenne nuts—make these with cashews; I promise that they’ll disappear.

Check out the Snacketizers category for more fun snack-slash-appetizer ideas.

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