New Year’s Eve: A Junk Food Tradition

Tomorrow night is New Year’s Eve.  Growing up, my mom always made her cheeseball and she would serve other snack food like cheese, salami, and crackers. I don’t remember if we had a real dinner or not.

When my husband and I got married we began the “junk food instead of dinner” tradition on New Year’s Eve.   It didn’t really start though until our 2nd New Year’s.  We had homemade buffalo wings.  I had just learned how to make them!  The following year we added homemade egg rolls to the menu.  We haven’t done those for a long time.  They are fabulous but hard work and four girls in less than 4 years meant giving up some of the harder items.

This year’s menu includes a NEW item.  We were introduced to Mexican Dip on Christmas Day and liked it so much that we’re adding it to our Junk Food Tradition.  Other menu items include the now required buffalo wings, home made chex mix,  my mother’s cheeseball (made by my daughter using my mom’s recipe).  We’ll have some jalapeno poppers and maybe some pizza rolls as well.  For dessert we’ll have fudge and decorated sugar cookies. 


mmm, Chex Mix cooling!


Do you have any special traditions for the holidays?  Any special things that you do for New Year’s Eve? I’d love to hear what you do!

Happy New Year!


  1. My husband loves our tradition of just having snacky junk food all day long on New Year's Day. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to recreate most of his favorites so that they'd be safe for Lauren's allergy diet this year so we aren't doing it at all. He'd love for you guys to eat a little extra junk for for him -- he's really missing spinach artichoke dip.

  2. Oh Cristi! We will eat some in honor of your dh. We talked about having spinach articoke dip but opted not to because we had it at Thanksgiving. So sorry about Lauren's allergy diet.

  3. We have lots of junk food too. One of our new traditions is staying up all night. I was sick this New Years and only made it through to 4:00 a.m. though.
    The kids where up until 7:00 this morning.


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