The Sporked Guide to New Year’s Eve

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to have fun on New Year’s Eve. Have a blast or your year is doomed! Kiss someone at midnight or you’ll die alone! Here’s an idea: Relax! Set the superstitions aside and focus on what’s important: snacks and drinks. Whether you’re having a big blowout party or just staying in with a few friends and whatever weird, random celebs Ryan Seacrest drags out this year, make sure you stock up on all the best New Year’s food. From New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvres to the most festive bevs to have in hand when the clock strikes midnight to the best stuff for brunch on New Year’s Day, here’s the Sporked guide to New Year’s food ideas.

The Best Frozen Apps at Trader Joe’s

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If you’re doing your NYE party shopping at Trader Joe’s, we have good news: There are a lot of good, nibbly things to eat in the frozen section. These are the must-buy frozen apps at TJ’s.

The Best Frozen Appetizers from Our Taste Tests

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Okay, if you aren’t doing your NYE party shopping at Trader Joe’s, chances are your grocery store of choice has some pretty delicious apps in the freezer aisle. From fried shrimp to Buffalo wings, here are some of our faves.

All the Best Dips from Our Taste Tests

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A party isn’t a party without dip, and that goes for New Year’s Eve parties, too. From guacamole to spinach artichoke dip, these are the best dips we’ve tried in our taste tests.

The Best Easy Holiday Appetizers

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Throwing a New Year’s Eve party doesn’t have to be a pain. Easy apps make it possible for you to be a host with the most and have fun.

The Best Canned Cocktails

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If you don’t have the time or money to stock an entire bar, the best canned cocktails are a great shortcut to tasty drinks for your New Year’s Eve party.

The Best Canned Champagne and Sparkling Wine

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Put away those plastic Champagne flutes. Serve sparkling wine in a can instead. 

The Best Non Alcoholic Champagne and Sparkling Wine

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Toast the New Year without feeling like crap the next day. These sparkling wines are fizzy, festive, and totally booze free.

The Best Cheap Caviar

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Caviar really classes up a NYE party—and no one has to know you spent less than 25 bucks on it.

The Best Holiday Hangover Cures

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There’s no shame in overdoing it on New Year’s Eve. Just make sure you’re prepared to deal with the consequences the next day by stocking up on these hangover healers. 

About the Author

Gwynedd Stuart

Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked’s managing editor, is an L.A.-based writer and editor who spends way, way too much time at the grocery store. She’s never met an Old El Paso taco or mozzarella stick she didn’t like.

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