Entertaining should not be hard work, so I have on offer some easy ideas for New Year’s Eve Buffet Appetizer Ideas. No cook and almost no cook appetizers/finger foods, desserts and drinks.

New Year’s Eve Buffet Appetizer Ideas of nuts, puff pastry bites with shrimp, mini milkshakes and spiced mini peppers

No cook and almost no cook ideas. From simply melting cheese, to just warming something to as simple as assembling store-bought ingredients.

Nuts are always a great choice and you can customize them with your own flavors. Autumn Spiced Nuts are roasted with warm spices, honey and rosemary. For a spicy option, Mexican Chile Lime Peanuts take no cooking at all.

Spicy Blue Cheese Mini Sweet Peppers require no cooking, just melting of the cheese. Tangy blue cheese is melted into mini peppers and top with your favorite hot sauce.

Smoked Prosciutto Wrapped Apple Bites bites can either be lightly warmed or not at all. 

A colorful and tasty addition to the buffet are Rosemary Sun-Dried Tomato Olives that are a wonderful bringing together of all store bought items. Herb and Garlic Marinated Mushrooms are a tasty, meaty bite with very little cooking involved with big flavor.

A bruschetta bar is a fun theme idea. I have options from Tomato and Crispy Prosciutto Bruschetta, Sautéed Mushroom and Rosemary Bruschetta to Warm Tuscan Bean Crostini with Crispy Kale.

A cheese option is always a must and have Baked Brie with Strawberries and Rosemary, Baked Brie with Pistachios, Pomegranate and Rosemary, Baked Ham and Brie in Puff Pastry.

Buying already cooked shrimp and pre-made puff pastry shells are a huge help for an elegant appetizer like Shrimp & Avocado Puff Pastry Shells. They also come in handy for a no cook Vietnamese Summer Shrimp Vegetable Rolls.

Cocktail ideas: Champagne is a must for New Year’s Eve and a Pear Ginger Champagne Cocktail and White Peach Bellini are perfect choices.

Dessert Ideas: A simple dessert that you can made in batches are Irish Coffee Milkshake Shooters are a fun boozy treat. Also taking help from pre-made phyllo dessert cups, Chocolate Mousse Cream Cheese Phyllo Dessert Cups can be made ahead.