It’s no secret that I love to cook and bake. However, sometimes it’s nice to pop something quick in the oven or microwave and spend more time with friends and less time in the kitchen. New Year’s Eve is one of those times, and while I love serving homemade appetizers to my friends, it’s also great to have something easy at hand.
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I was browsing around Sam’s Club and checking out all the possibilities for the upcoming holiday. They have quite an array of choices, and for prices that I couldn’t match had I made them myself. One such example were these delicious bacon wrapped filets from Daily Chef.
Pop them in the oven for 7 minutes, turn then cook another 5 minutes and they are done! Making these by hand would have taken much longer, not to mention cost me a lot more. A box of 20 appetizers was $12.98. We all know bacon costs around $5.00-6.00, and in some areas more, and where would I get filet for $6.98??
Sweets are certainly needed for a good party too. Making little mini brownie bites is fun, but when you are rushing around trying to get everything together for the holiday, having someone make them for you is great!
I found this container of 32 brownie bites for $6.62. They are plain, so no worrying about nut allergies. You can decorate them yourself with some chocolate drizzles, nuts and even sprinkles.
Of course we can’t forget the bubbly! I don’t know about you, but I live in the real world and have a modest budget. Entertaining can be very expensive and buying several bottles of expensive champagne is just not in the cards for me. I found this delicious bottle of Beviamo Sparkling Moscato for less than $10.00!
They even have handy appliances and serving trays perfect for parties. If you’re making warm appetizers this triple slow cooker buffet and server would be perfect. Fresh vegetables and dip would look fabulous in this 8-piece Lazy Susan party server.
Here are some other fantastic ideas I found while browsing around!
The bakery department has plenty of prepackaged baked goods like these brownie trios and cookie trays.
The cheese varieties that are available are astonishing. From cubed packaged cheese that are just waiting for a fancy toothpick, to all sorts of cheese balls, spreadable cheese and block cheese.
Oh and the sausage! Perfect for slicing and browning, there are several different flavor varieties that I’ve tried, and all have been delicious. My personal favorite is the mozzarella & roasted garlic chicken sausage!
I spotted this Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, oh my, and I’m dying to try this spinach artichoke dip!
Maybe you’re attending a party and want to bring something? Sam’s has platters all ready for you, like these sliced cheese/meat trays and these fresh vegetable trays.
Plenty of warm appetizer ideas too like these heat and serve meatballs, fabulous bruschetta and bacon wrapped shrimp, among many others.
Bite sized quiche, deli spirals, potato skins, egg rolls, the list goes on!
If you’re party is a bit more intimate and you have less guests, grabbing a cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory is also an option!
There are plenty of drink options as well.
So whatever you serve, remember to take it easy, enjoy the evening and spend time with those you care about. Remember, celebrate responsibly, don’t drink and drive! Happy New Year!
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