New Year's Dinner Recipes

This year, skip the holiday crowds and ring in the New Year in style with our inspiring ideas for a festive home-cooked New Year's Eve dinner. Whether you're planning to celebrate with a crowd of friends or over an intimate dinner for two, we've got New Year's Eve dinner recipes for tantalizing appetizers, impressive main dishes, delicious sides, and decadent desserts that rival anything you'll find in a restaurant. Want to include the kids? Keep things casual by making a New Year's buffet complete with hearty chili, homemade pizzas, and simple salads. (And cupcakes, of course!) No New Year's dinner would be complete without special drinks and we've got you covered there, with dozens of delicious champagne cocktails, martinis, and punches to choose from—plus equally sophisticated non-alcoholic options for anyone who's abstaining. Finally, finish the night with a dreamy dessert, like molten chocolate cake, creamy pudding, truffles, or cream puffs. After all, the resolutions start tomorrow!

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