Easy New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day appetizers #HormelFamily

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Phew! What a whirlwind month December was! Chock full of parties, candies, and family fun! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to some downtime on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Eve we’ll order Chinese take out, as we do every year. We’ll sit and wait for 30 minutes beyond the time they told us to pick up the order, as we do every year. There’s a good chance when we get home we will find something missing, as we do every year. Traditions aren’t about everything going according to plan, they’re about making memories with your family.

For me, Chinese food is never enough to sustain me for the night. I’m always looking for a snack a few hours later. Perhaps that is because I am worn out from trying to eat with chop sticks?! I like to whip up a few appetizers to share while we’re watching the New Year’s Eve festivities and for the long day of watching football on New Year’s Day.

My favorite appetizer to make is my Easy Artichoke and Spinach Dip. I shared the recipe a few months ago, and it is a big hit with our family and friends.

easy Artichoke and Spinach Dip

If you’re looking to create something a bit heartier, try making these Chicken and Salsa Tortilla Bites from Hormel Foods. This appetizer takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and doesn’t require any baking. Get the kids to help, combine Hormel chunk breast of chicken, Chi-chi’s thick & chunky salsa, and your favorite vegetable cream cheese – spread on a tortilla, roll up and serve!

We always seem to have mashed potatoes left over, this year I’m going to put them to work and use them in a Bacon and Mashed Potato Puff recipe. Combine Hormel bacon, mashed potatoes, and cheddar cheese. Spoon into mini muffin tins and bake. Cute idea for a fun appetizer!

What is your favorite appetizer that you’ve created or been served at a party? Do you have any entertaining tips that make your parties successful?

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment are my own.

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About Emily

Emily is a rugby wife and modern mom to one active Kindergarten son. A former restaurant industry professional, she transferred the brand marketing and relationship building skills she learned working for a Fortune500 Company into building a successful social media business. Launched in 2010, her blog focuses on parenting tips, recipes and easy crafts. When not online, you can find her running, taking photographs, or sipping a Margarita while enjoying the beauty that Cape Cod has to offer.


  1. The Chicken and Salsa Tortilla Bites sound great. I am always looking for something different to serve. This sounds easy plus the kids can help. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Those bacon/potato puffs sound yummy. Then again, how can you go wrong with cheese and bacon?!
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