We love a big holiday dinner, but sometimes you just want to have a taste of a bunch of delicious things. These are foods you can nibble with one hand while holding a festive cocktail in the other, and ringing in the new year with great friends and great conversation.

If that sounds like your plans for this New Year's Eve, then you'll want to make sure some (or all!) of these appetizers are on the menu. They cover all your dietary bases and have enough variety to keep your guests coming back to the food table throughout the night.

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  • Savoury Thumbprint Cookies

    Thumbprint cookies are a classic, but we love this surprising and savoury twist with ham and Gruyere cheese. <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/354657/ham-and-gruyere-thumbprints?czone=holidays%2Fnew-years-celebrations%2Frecipes&gallery=862994&slide=354657&center=859874" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Glitter Grapes

    It's a Spanish and Portuguese tradition to eat 12 grapes on New Year's Eve, for 12 months of sweetness to come. This <a href="http://www.food.com/slideshow/new-years-good-luck-food-287/happiness-glitter-grapes-2" target="_blank">recipe makes them go down even more easily. </a>

  • Cocktail Meatballs

    Cocktail meatballs are a party classic, and we like this recipe with festive cranberry sauce. <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cape-Cod-Cocktail-Meatballs/Detail.aspx?evt19=1" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Spicy Pecans

    Mmm, pecans! You can customize this one with your favourite herbs and spices. <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/28101-spiced-candied-pecans" target="_blank">Get this recipe here. </a>

  • Mini Veggie Sushi

    We like this healthy twist on sushi to replace your typical veggies and dip. <a href="http://www.canadianfamily.ca/recipe/mini-veggie-sushi/" target="_blank">Get the recipe on Canadian Family here. </a>

  • Seafood Dumplings

    Serve up these potstickers, made with scallops and shrimp, with a few dipping sauces. You can mix up the fillings to add other seafood or vegetables, if you prefer. <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/scallop_shrimp_dumplings.html" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Kale And Bean Bruschetta

    This healthy take on bruschetta is a great vegetarian app option. <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/kale-and-bean-bruschetta" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Lentil Walnut Balls

    Have any vegan guests? They'll love you for serving these faux meatballs. Just make sure the meat eaters don't scarf them all up! <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2013/11/13/lentil-mushroom-walnut-balls-with-cranberry-pear-sauce/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Vegan Devilish Potatoes

    Here's another vegan option, which is also great for anybody who has to avoid eggs and/or dairy. Plus, they're adorable! <a href="http://www.theppk.com/2013/03/devilish-potatoes/" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Brie & Wild Blueberry Phyllo Parcels

    Because it's just not a party without a brie-based appetizer. <a href="http://houseandhome.com/food/recipes/brie-and-wild-blueberry-filo-parcels" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Mini Mac And Cheese

    New Year's Eve is the perfect time to have some fun with your appetizers, and we think these mac and cheese bites are a great way to do that. <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/three-cheese-mini-macs" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Smoky Chicken Skewers

    Food is always better when it's on a stick. <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Smoky-Chicken-Skewers-362750" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Mini Croques Madames

    You can make these with regular eggs tby using a cookie cutter to cut out smaller pieces of fried egg. But how adorable are these quail eggs? <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30553-mini-croque-madames" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

  • Zucchini Rollups

    Goat cheese and curry make a great combo, unexpectedly. <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2012/7/30/curry-grilled-zucchini-rollups.html" target="_blank">Get the recipe here. </a>

Savoury Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies are a classic, but we love this surprising and savoury twist with ham and Gruyere cheese. Get the recipe here.

Glitter Grapes
It's a Spanish and Portuguese tradition to eat 12 grapes on New Year's Eve, for 12 months of sweetness to come. This recipe makes them go down even more easily.

Cocktail Meatballs
Cocktail meatballs are a party classic, and we like this recipe with festive cranberry sauce. Get the recipe here.

Spicy Pecans
Mmm, pecans! You can customize this one with your favourite herbs and spices. Get this recipe here.

Mini Veggie Sushi
We like this healthy twist on sushi to replace your typical veggies and dip. Get the recipe on Canadian Family here.

Seafood Dumplings
Serve up these potstickers, made with scallops and shrimp, with a few dipping sauces. You can mix up the fillings to add other seafood or vegetables, if you prefer. Get the recipe here.

Kale And Bean Bruschetta
This healthy take on bruschetta is a great vegetarian app option. Get the recipe here.

Lentil Walnut Balls
Have any vegan guests? They'll love you for serving these faux meatballs. Just make sure the meat eaters don't scarf them all up! Get the recipe here.

Vegan Devilish Potatoes
Here's another vegan option, which is also great for anybody who has to avoid eggs and/or dairy. Plus, they're adorable! Get the recipe here.

Brie & Wild Blueberry Phyllo Parcels
Because it's just not a party without a brie-based appetizer. Get the recipe here.

Mini Mac And Cheese

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to have some fun with your appetizers, and we think these mac and cheese bites are a great way to do that. Get the recipe here.

Mini Croques Madames
You can make these with regular eggs tby using a cookie cutter to cut out smaller pieces of fried egg. But how adorable are these quail eggs? Get the recipe here.

Zucchini Rollups
Goat cheese and curry make a great combo, unexpectedly. Get the recipe here.

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