Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Appetizers from Sam’s Club

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New Year’s Eve is getting close and between Christmas and January 1st, there is a whole lot of time to plan a get-together. When I’m short on time one of my first stops is Sam’s Club. It’s the one store where I know I can get ready made meals, fresh products for a few semi-homemade dishes and anything I need to serve it all on.

Like in years past, we’re planning a small get-together with family and a spread of appetizers to munch on as we wait for the ball to drop. I took the family with me to Sam’s Club so we could put together a “Luxe for Less” party menu that wouldn’t require much clean-up (and we spent less than $100).

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Food Finds at Sam’s Club

One of my favorite things about Sam’s Club is the assortment of bulk fresh, frozen and baked goodies you can find that are perfect for entertaining. I always visit the bakery first where I find my favorite cocktail croissants that are baked to perfect, buttery and flaky. For an appetizer platter these are great to serve as is or sliced with some ham salad or even fresh cheese slices. Also in the bakery is the mini brownie bites that are great with a can of cherry pie filling for dipping or fresh whipped cream.

The frozen foods department is where I always find the best appetizers for entertaining. There’s no work involved and the flavors will make your guests think you’re a chef with the Daily Chef Chicken & Bacon Bruschetta.

new years eve lazy susan appetizer spread

In the produce section I love bringing home a big carton of seedless green grapes and the juicy strawberries can be perfectly paired with Korbel Brut Sweet Rose Champagne to make this easy Strawberry & Champagne Granita for a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Last but not least, you need some beautiful platters to serve all those appetizers on. The 8 pc lazy susan party server (seen above) is perfect for the occasion where you want to serve up several appetizers and dips. Or you can get more fancy with the tiered buffet server.

Strawberry Champagne Granita

Need more ideas for your own “Luxe for Less” holiday party? Visit sams.com/meals online where you’ll find recipes and wine pairing suggestions for your favorite party foods.

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Disclosure – I was provided with a membership, gift card to shop and Godiva Designer Cup & Saucer gift set. 

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  1. Diane Sallans says:

    I like anything that is both tasty & easy – the frozen appetizers that just pop in the oven plus some fresh fruit for nibbling is the best.

  2. rachel says:

    Having a variety on hand is good.

  3. Holly B says:

    I save money by not buying many pre-made items…things I can make look nicer and usually cost less.

  4. Amy W. says:

    I like the Lazy Susan for appetizers. Great idea!

  5. Laura Bradley says:

    finger foods! easy on the host and cheap!

  6. Carolyn G says:

    Always decorate the table. It can be inexpensively but always make it look good.

  7. Danielle Porter says:

    Sam’s club!! and couponing for things in advance!

  8. Kathy S says:

    Grill at home and eat by candle light.

  9. kelly mcgrew says:

    my favorite luxe for less tip is to plan your menu around your pantry. try to build a menu thats at least 50% pantry items. also, store-bought is not always a bad thing. instead of trying to make a delicate appetizer or pie by yourself, rely on a local bakery or shop to help. only hand-make the items that you feel comfortable with.

  10. Evelyn Goettner says:

    I love the lazy Susan idea! Shop at the bulk stores like Sams club. You’ll save a ton of money and they have everything! Also don’t make too much food! I have a tendency to cook way too much than we actually eat .

  11. BECKY EVANS says:

    I make Fun Finger Food for my Family …potato Skins, Chicken Bites, Egg Rolls and we play games all Night….

  12. Sunnie says:

    Id say if people offer to bring something or help let them.

  13. D SCHMIDT says:

    I use coupons to buy items on sale to appear luxe for less ;)

  14. Fawn H says:

    My favorite tip is to plan ahead and keep nuts and other snacks on hand to pull out as snacks when unexpected guests arrive

  15. LeeAnn P. says:

    We love appetizer parties. Break out the good dishes and decorations (especially lots of candles) and even the most inexpensive party food looks and tastes luxe!

  16. I’m all about presentation. I may not spend a fortune on the party food but the party trays and tables are going to look like I do.

  17. finger foods for sure!

  18. Watch for deals and sales.This is a good way to get serving items,tableware and linens. It never hurts to have some things on hand so you aren’t running out for everything you need every time.

  19. Vickie Couturier says:

    I like finger foods,easy to prepare an easy gone

  20. NIcole Strunk says:

    we usually have friends contribute by bringing something.

  21. Julie says:

    making deviled eggs

  22. Donna says:

    I always go to Costco for my shopping needs

  23. Rochelle says:

    My luxe for less party tip is to ask a few friends to bring a dish. Each dish doesn’t have to be really expensive. Just having a few people help out helps make the party less stressful and less expensive. Thanks!

  24. I try to use what I already have on hand and then just add in a few fun extra things to make it even more special.

  25. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I make my own appetizers instead of buying ready made platters

  26. Louis says:

    home made or boght from Sam’s Club instead of paying a caterer
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
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  27. Summer says:

    I definitely would say, have everyone bring something :)

  28. alisa says:

    my favorite holiday hostess tip: •Keep nuts and other snacks on hand to pull out as snacks when unexpected guests arrive.

  29. Libby S says:

    Luxe for Less party tip is to use some pretty napkins and table settings. Also, a bouquet of flowers would be nice.

  30. carol roberts says:

    always have extra stuff napkins etc and plenty of hearty food which doesnt cost much i myself hate sauge so buy red links but not to fond of them there good buy party snacks

  31. Maralea says:

    Use what you have in your pantry for making snacks!

  32. Eileen says:

    We like the easy to clean and cut fruit for trays, with simple cream cheese dip and another with peanut butter. Just a couple ingredients and makes a colorful platter that gets the kids to eat their fruit for the day. Way better than the sweet trays we used to put out way too often.

  33. Traders Joes, easy snacks that look like you hit the cheese shop and the local bakery on the way home.

  34. Stacey B says:

    My tip is to shop for cute/nice looking glasses at stores such as Big Lots, Ross, or even the Dollar Tree as they often often have super cute glassware for much cheaper than a regular retailer!

  35. Kimberly Snyder says:

    Fun finger foods for kids.

  36. Staci D. says:

    The planning ahead is what I need to do better. I’m always rushing around at the last minute to get things done before company arrives.

  37. I say go potluck! No one minds bringing one small dish to share, and you usually end up with a spread fit for a king. And all for free!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  38. I prepare my food myself and use coupons to purchase at rock bottom prices

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

  39. Lisa L says:

    Buy a cheap set of white dishes. It matches everything & looks better than paper plates

  40. prepare items in advance is my fave tip.

  41. Carmen says:

    Everyone seems to love shrimp, so I buy the frozen kind when it’s on sale and make my own cocktail sauce.