When I’m in a little black dress with a glass of champagne in one hand, the last thing I want in the other hand is anything on a plate that requires a fork and knife.

Here are 25 bite-sized and finger-food ideas to help make your night a smashing, forkless success. Many are vegan and gluten-free, and as a bonus for the cook many recipes are ready in just five minutes so you can spend more time perfecting your eyeliner and less time in the kitchen. Or if you’re like me on New Years Eve, more time on the couch with my remote control.

Dips

Double Melted Cheese and Red Pepper Dip (GF) – Make in 5 minutes in microwave

Double Melted Cheese and Red Pepper Dip

“Cheater’s” Guacamole (veagn, GF) – Make in 5 minutes

“Cheater’s” Guacamole

Corn and Double Cheese Dip (vegan, GF, serve warm or cold) – Make in 5 minutes

Corn and Double Cheese Dip

Stovetop Hot Pepper Jelly (vegan, GF) – Ready in an hour, no canning required. Serve over warm brie with crackers. Heavenly

Stovetop Hot Pepper Jelly

Spinach & Artichoke Dip (vegan, GF, fat-free option, serve warm or cold) – Make in 5 minutes

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Appetizers

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries (easy to keep vegan)

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF)

Baked Parsnip Fries with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dip

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan) – Make in 5 minutes

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip

Snacks and Munchies

Vanilla Cake Batter and White Chocolate Chip Caramel Corn

Vanilla Cake Batter and White Chocolate Chip Caramel Corn

Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix –  Make in 5 minutes

Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds – (vegan, GF)

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds

Eat Your Booze

Baked Eggnog Vanilla Donuts and Mini-Donuts with Eggnog Rum Glaze

Baked Eggnog Vanilla Donuts and Mini-Donuts with Eggnog Rum Glaze

 

Malibu Rum Fruit Loops Treats

Malibu Rum Fruit Loops Treats

 Pina Colada Dip (vegan, GF) – Make in 5 minutes

 Pina Colada Dip

No Bake Rum Cake Balls (vegan, GF) – Make in 5 minutes

No Bake Rum Cake Balls

Dark Rum Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Dark Rum Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chocolate

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Make in 5 minutes and one of the best things I made in 2012 on the work-reward scale and my husband begs for these

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels

Nutella Brownie Truffle Bites (no-bake with vegan and GF options) – Make in 5 minutes

Nutella Brownie Truffle Bites

Thin Mints (vegan, no-bake) – Make in 5 minutes

Thin Mints

Quintuple Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies – The most decadent cookie I’ve ever made or eaten

Quintuple Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Quench Your Thirst

Bananas Foster Shooters (vegan, GF) – Can be made with or without alcohol

Bananas Foster Shooters

Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria – A great way to stretch a bottle of wine and serve a crowd

Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria

Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch (Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, No Sugar Added)

Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch

What are your New Year’s Eve Plans? What do you like to eat at New Years Eve parties?

I am happily plan-less and we’ll be staying home. Not in the bars or on the roads sounds like the best kind of NYE to me. I’ll be catching up on laundry, email, and whatever has accumulated on my DVR since I’ve been traveling for a month. I’d prefer to be at home, read cookbooks, and strategize when I’m cooking next. Back in the day, I used to love going out and I still do love champagne but who says I can’t have a glass. On my couch.

Feel free to share your favorite recipe links or tell me about your fabulous plans.

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