Party Panache, One Appetizer Menu adapted for 3 different occasions!

Did you go out for New Year’s Eve?

I like to stay cozy at home with family and instead of dinner,

we like to nibble and nosh throughout the evening,

watching the festivities and football on TV

We had a holiday appetizer party in December

that came together quickly using easy, delicious appetizers

With just a few changes it was perfect for New Year’s Eve

and then with a few tweaks, it’s ready for

the NCAA Championship Game or the Super Bowl!

Romaine Spoons with Pear Compote balances out heavier appetizers

Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls are always a hit

I tweaked my recipe for Bacon Brown Sugar Chicken

by using nugget size pieces of chicken

Bake them on a foil lined pan* in the oven for 30- 40 minutes

until the bacon is crispy

These are great party nibble served with toothpicks

I didn’t take a photo of the nuggets but the photo below

shows the cooked bacon wrapped tenders,

one is cut into smaller pieces

The Magic Mini Meatball Muffins are very easy to make

with canned biscuit dough,

you don’t have to cook the meatballs first,

it bakes along with the biscuit dough

Right before Christmas CC and Charlie Brown helped me

make Reindeer Cookies for our family Christmas Eve lunch~

Nutter Butter cookies decorated with melted white chocolate,

M & Ms, chocolate chips and a pretzel~

They are so cute!

They were served on a tiered tray

with cakes and cookies from a bakery

We also had Grinch Kebabs,

green grape skewers with a banana slice,

strawberry and mini marshmallow

You can turn this Holiday Appetizer Menu

into a New Year’s Appetizer Party

with just a few changes

Swap the Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls for fancier

Cranberry Swiss Almond Holiday Spread

Change the Reindeer Cookies to Mini Champagne Cupcakes

Swap the Grinch Kebabs for a more grown up

Holiday Cranberry Shortbread

The National College Football Championship is coming up this weekend

and the Super Bowl in February

Take this same menu and turn it into football watching food

and a few lighter choices for the New Year

Zucchini Frico is a great choice if you’re watching your carbs

Change the Romaine Spoons with Pear Compote to

Romaine Wraps with Pecans, Cranberries, Bacon and Bleu

Goal Post Green Beans are another lo carb, lighter choice

instead of calorie loaded chips and dip

Change up the Bacon Wrapped Chicken to Ranch Picnic Chicken Nuggets

Change up the Mini Magic Meatball Muffins to Touchdown Burger Bombs

Lighten up dessert with Loaded Apple Cookies

One menu, three ways~

All the recipes are easy, family friendly

and crowd pleasers!

Pin and save these menu ideas for next year!

Reindeer Cookies

Easy no bake Christmas treat!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • Nutter Butter cookies
  • white chocolate
  • chocolate chips
  • red M & M candies
  • mini pretzel twists


  • Melt white chocolate in the microwave, using 30 second intervals and stirring until melted
  • dip pretzel end in melted chocolate and place on top end of cookies for antlers
  • dip chocolate chips in white chocolate and then put in place for eyes
  • dip red M & Ms in white chocolate and put in place for nose
  • Let chocolate set and then store cookies in an airtight container
Keyword Christmas appetizer, Christmas cookies, no bake cookies, reindeer cookies

Grinch Kebabs

Fun snack for children at Christmas time!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American


  • toothpicks or short skewers


  • fresh strawberries
  • green grapes
  • bananas
  • mini marshmallows


  • Cut off strawberry stems and peel and slice bananas
  • Put a grape on each skewer, then a banana slice, then a strawberry, stem side down on the banana, and top with a mini marshmallow
  • Best made right before serving so bananas don't turn brown
Keyword children’s snacks, Christmas food, fresh strawberries, fruit skewers, Grinch kebabs

Brown Sugar Bacon Chicken Tenders

an easy dinner or appetizer that everyone loves
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinade time 3 hours
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Grill


  • chicken tenders* or boneless chicken breasts cut into tenders
  • thick cut bacon strips
  • brown sugar
  • teriyaki or Hawaiian marinade


  • Marinate chicken tenders for 2-3 hours if time permits
  • Cut bacon strips in half
  • Wrap each tender with a bacon piece, stretching to surround chicken, for grilling, or simply lay the bacon on top of chicken for baking
  • Sprinkle chicken and bacon liberally with brown sugar
  • Bake chicken at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through and bacon is done or grill over medium heat until chicken and bacon are done
  • If baking, put chicken on a foil lined pan on a rack if desired or cook on the foil and then drain pieces on paper towels. Time will vary so watch carefully near end of baking time and remove when bacon is crispy


Plan on 2-4 tenders per person for a main dish and 1-2 tenders for appetizers
Cooking and grilling time depends on size and thickness of the chicken and the oven and grill
Test during cooking with a meat thermometer for accurate results
To serve as an appetizer, cut chicken into bite size pieces, wrap with 1/3 of a bacon strip and bake on a foil lined pan.  Serve with cocktail forks or toothpicks
Keyword bacon wrapped chicken, baked chicken, chicken, easy dinner, grilled chicken

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

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What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Oh My Heartsie Girl / Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest

Karin’s Cottage Linky Party / Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Whimsey Home Wednesday Full Plate Thursday

Creatively Crafty/ Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Home Matters

30 Responses to “Party Panache, One Appetizer Menu adapted for 3 different occasions!”
  1. Mary says:

    What a tasty and festive menu Jenna…love your cute reindeer cookies! We watched 3 games New Year’s Eve and will be tuning in Monday night to watch TCU vs Georgia. 🏈

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    Hi Jenna, since I am an Eagles fan, I will be saving these recipes for sure to serve during Super Bowl. You are so creative. The grinch kebobs really cracked me up!

  3. Jenna, I should never read your post before breakfast. Beautiful menu ideas. Last Saturday was a wonderful day of football!

  4. Lots of tasty little bites…perfect for parties and tv meals :-))

  5. I’ll be coming back to this post several times over the next few weeks, I’m sure (if it were a book, I’d “dog-ear” the page!). football, a few meetings where we all “bring a little something” will require and benefit from several of these recipes. Pimento cheese sausage balls look extra delicious. – thanks!

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh wow, I love everything here Jenna! The food I know is delicious and makes such nice presentations, so important. The spoon pear compote is my favorite but all the other dishes are a close second. Love those fun reindeer cookies!

  7. Such good ideas Jenna! I love a nibble meal!

  8. The reindeer cookies are so very cute!

  9. lghiggins says:

    All of these sound so good. I remember the lighter New Year appetizers, but right now my husband is trying to cut carbs, so maybe he will try making some of them this year. They look yummy!

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    Love your creativity! The reindeer cookies are so cute! 😃

  11. Way too cute! And too tasty. I would rather eat appetizers than anything! I’ll have to mark those reindeer cookies for next year!

  12. Kitty says:

    I love cooking/baking with the grandkids! Your reindeer cookies turned out so cute as did the Grinch kebabs. I meant to do those, but time ran out…always next year. Happy New Year, Jenna, and thanks for all your inspiration. ❤️

  13. Kim says:

    Jenna, these all look delicious. I love the reindeer cookies and the Grinch kebabs are perfect! Thank you for sharing and I’m definitely pinning this!!

  14. I’m loving your champagne artwork and the grinch kabobs are so cute. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

  15. helenfern says:

    I’ll come to your parties!! Thanks so much for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – hope you weekend it great!

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