The tradition of ringing in the New Year with a night out on the town has its appeal, but there’s something about forgoing the bar crowds, overbooked restaurants, and traffic jams for a more private affair. The key to a good celebration (besides the booze) is a variety of munchies that look as good as they taste. Pair these appetizers with our favorite New Year’s Eve vegan cocktail recipes for a night you’ll never forget.

Before finalizing your appetizers, you’ll want to ensure you have everything you need for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. 

New Year’s Eve essentials

Hosting a New Year’s Eve party? Take the sweat work out of planning with a few easy tips. First up: decor! Black, silver, and gold are common go-to’s when ringing in the New Year. For an added pop of color, opt for rose gold streamers. 

And what’s a New Year’s Eve without festive glasses and cardboard horns? Luckily, party supply stores and general stores fill their aisles with all the essentials you need, and many offer all-in-one party packs. Now, it’s time for booze.

Check out our alcohol guides and pick out a vegan-friendly libation to help you welcome the new year. Champagne is the most popular drink of choice for this end-of-year holiday. For those who desire a booze-free way to toast the New Year, sparkling apple cider is an excellent choice.

Don’t forget to pick up a stylish table cloth (in black, silver, gold, or rose-gold) for your appetizer table. And now, it’s time start finalizing your apps!

Vegan appetizers for New Year’s Eve

Ring in the new year with these 11 vegan appetizers guaranteed to please a crowd. 

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1 The Ultimate Vegan Party Platter

An epic snack board of salty and savory flavors is a must for any celebration because it allows you to graze at your leisure throughout the night. Better than a traditional charcuterie board, this one is filled with items such as dried fruit, veggie sticks, olives, vegan cheese, crackers, and dips. The key to building the perfect platter is incorporating a variety of colors and flavors. Build it right, sit back, and devour every bite.
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2 Nashville Hot Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower florets make a superb substitute for chicken wings. Coated and baked in the right sauce, they give you that juicy, crispy, fried chicken taste without hurting an animal. This particular recipe has a kick of heat that will have you coming back for more. 
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3 Chickpea Shawarma Dip

Hummus is a staple at any vegan event, but this dip elevates the basic and much-loved chickpea spread with the Mediterranean flavors of falafel, tabbouleh, and shwarma. Layer all the fresh, creamy, and hearty elements together for a seriously stunning spread that will tempt you to keep dipping—so be sure to have extra pita bread on hand. 
Get the recipe here

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4 Vegan Chex Mix

The ultimate in snackable, this vegan Chex mix—also known as “nuts and bolts” or “bits and bites”—combines crunchy cereals, pretzels, and nuts with a salty seasoning sauce that is baked to golden perfection. Be warned: it’s addictive. You might end up eating half the batch before the ball drops.
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5 Spinach Dip

This classic dip traditionally uses sour cream and mayonnaise, but we’ve found a healthier—and equally satisfying—option that blends tofu and zucchini with onion, garlic, and seasonings. Be sure to make this one ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop, and then serve it in a pumpernickel bread bowl for a next-level New Year’s dip. 
Get the recipe here

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6 Vegan Sausage Rolls

These puff pastry hors d’oeuvres might be small in size but they’re seriously big in flavor. Stuffed with homemade vegan sausage chorizo, they are flaky, warm, and perfectly portable. An elegant option to your celebration spread, these sausage rolls are indistinguishable to the real things. 
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7 Lemon Thyme & Smoked Chili Dough Balls With Dip

This homemade herb pull-apart bread will take a little more time to pull together but the results will be that much more impressive. Make this the centerpiece of your New Year’s Eve—and don’t forget the dip!
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8 Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Made using Lightlife vegan meatballs, this snack is simple to assemble. The secret is all in the sauce—and the toasted sesame seeds are a must. Pile these meatballs high on a round plate or bowl with toothpicks to make it easier to stab and grab.
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9 Vegan Pizza Rolls

Who doesn’t love pizza? Make these pillowy soft rolls ahead of time and freeze them until December 31 to make your night even easier. 
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10 Seven Layer Dip with Buffalo Refried Beans

This sensational seven-layer dippable could fool anyone into thinking it’s loaded with dairy. Serve it in a simple glass bowl—so you can see the thick and colorful layers—surrounded by corn tortilla chips and get ready to dip the night away.  
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11 Sushi Rolls

Sushi-making might seem intimidating but it’s easier than you think. You just need a few basic ingredients and a sushi rolling mat, and before you know it, these pretty parcels will be the star of the show. 
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