What’s On Your New Year’s Eve Dinner Table?

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Menu Ideas For The New Year’s Celebration

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On New Year’s Eve, we all stay up and celebrate the end of a year and are hopeful for the new one. As it has been since times immemorial, the celebration always involves food and drinks, music, dancing and a hefty amount of joy.

The New Year’s Eve dinner is one of the most important of the entire year. We invest time and effort to make it look and taste perfect so that at midnight we celebrate in style with our loved ones.

Today, people pay more attention to what they eat and how it affects their body. From traditional or rustic to the newer lifestyle requirements, a festive dinner is something that everybody can enjoy according to their specific dietary needs.

Especially for this occasion, I’ve summoned a few fellow food bloggers and asked if they could bring a variety of festive dinner ideas. The result is here, and I hope you will enjoy and adopt some of these ideas for your special festive dinner.

For the Traditional Festive Food Lovers

To start with, let’s keep with tradition, and introduce you to an old and perfected through repetition Romanian menu provided by Cristina’s plates’n flavours.

Romanians throw monster parties, eat a lot and drink a lot too when they are happy. If any reason is good enough for a party, New Year’s is the best of all. And so are the bashes! Until you’d witness one, you cannot have the exact idea of a Romanian New Year’s Eve celebration!

To make the menu complete, add to the above link a Boeuf Salad for an appetizer and another round of Cozonac which you would have already baked for Christmas. We always do a repeat, to get more of the festive feeling!

You’ll find these and more at https://theworldisanoyster.com/.

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For the Vegan Lifestyle Followers

If you have a vegan lifestyle, it does not mean that you cannot celebrate in style! Tamales are traditional Mexican dinner on Christmas eve or New Year’s Eve. Why not try vegan ones?

Menudo is usually a breakfast but can be interchanged for all 3 meals of the day. Here is the link to a vegan Menudo for your festive dinner.

For dessert, why not try a simple vegan rice pudding?

Your vegan menu is sorted by https://www.conflictedvegan.com/.

For the Keto Lifestyle Followers

The keto lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular. It might seem an impossible task to lower or ditch carbs in meals, but there is always a way.

Here is a great selection of various ideas for a keto New Year’s Eve dinner menu provided by https://www.cookinginthe262.com/.

table set for festive new year's eve  dinner

For the Mediterranean Diet Lovers

The Italians always celebrate in style, whatever the reason. A hot-blooded nation does not pick, but goes for it foolheartedly! And the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest and tastiest you’ll ever find, so here is an idea of a festive menu to celebrate New Year’s Eve Mediterranean style.

Add a dash of German cheer in the shape of a famous dessert that traditionally brings fortune and prosperity to those who eat it! I am definitely baking one, for good luck and an amazing taste too!

Menu provided by https://www.momthelunchlady.ca/.

The Best Of All Worlds

A classic German Raclette, Swiss in origin and with a long history behind it would be perfect on any festive dinner table at the end of the year. For the cheese lover, the meats lover or the vegetarian, the combinations are endless, and the presentation of this traditional dish makes it ever so stylish.

A superb and comprehensive guide to your Raclette is provided by https://mydinner.co.uk/.

Hopefully, this post will give you some ideas for the New Year’s Eve festive dinner menu.

More importantly, let’s remain positive that this year ending soon was a lesson we’ve learnt and will help us all manage better whatever life will throw at us in the future.

And let’s hope the new year will bring a much-needed dose of normality!

festive wishes


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24 Responses

  1. Stephanie says:

    These are such fun ideas! We don’t have a tradition for NYE foods but these were inspiring. Thanks!

  2. Jenny says:

    Steak and potatoes for me. And lots of champagne. Happy New Year! Now I’m motivated to set the table up really pretty. Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Thank you for sharing! I usually have a big party and just cater stuff. But this year it will obviously be a lot smaller – so I have decided to go with a taco bar! Who doesn’t love tacos!
    Love your selection and will be coming back to this for my next real gathering!

  4. Karletta says:

    Absolutely love the global flair you bring to the dining table. Wouldn’t it be cool to host a New Years progressive dinner from one nation to the next. I’d love that – complete with a traditional dance and music!

  5. I love these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Greg says:

    Wonderful ideas! I love how you’ve given ideas for many different palates and lifestyles. Also your site is beautiful!

  7. Great round-up of ideas for New Year’s Eve! Food, fun, and hope for a 2021 full of joy! I’m in.

  8. Kalin says:

    I love this variety of ideas! I always struggle to find something “special” for NYE but this helped inspire me!

  9. Heather says:

    A great variety of recipes! So many yummy ideas.

  10. Cati says:

    Yum!! This has given me lots of ideas for my NYE menu this year for the family 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  11. Bring in 2021! I am ready for a great year. Love the recipes!

  12. I love this and such a wonderful selection for different diet needs. Love this!!

  13. Marita says:

    That is a great selection of New Years Eve selection. Thank you for including my Raclette post. x

  14. Shala says:

    I’m seeing alot tamale recipes together so considering doing that for NYE dinner!

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  15. This is a great selection of menus for any dietary need or desire. Thank you for including me 🙂

  16. Daphne says:

    Excellent ideas! Definitely looking forward to celebrating 2021 with delicious food 🙂

  17. Gabriela Herrera says:

    What a wonderful array of recipes. Thank you

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