Posted by Cassian Bernard in M/I Homes Culture

As we bid farewell to 2023 and welcome in a brand-new year full of opportunity, what better way to celebrate than with a delicious New Year’s feast to set the tone for 2024. Find out how you can elevate your holiday party with a spread that combines the smoky allure of Carolina barbecue with the effervescence of a bubbly glass of prosecco—North Carolina staples!

Dinner Recipes for New Year’s Eve

Check out this mouthwatering menu featuring barbecue ideas, mushroom tarts, cheese pimento sliders, snacks, and apple cider champagne to make your New Year’s Eve truly unforgettable.

Carolina Barbecue

“Nobody eats barbecue alone. It’s the perfect party spread for a big celebration.”

Kick off the festivities with a barbecue extravaganza that will truly wow your guests. From tender ribs to smoked pulled pork, fire up the grill and sizzle your way into the new year in true North Carolina fashion. Since sauces range in flavor and spice level (like extra hot or sweet and tangy), one of our top tips for serving barbecue to guests is offering a variety of sauces to choose from.

Close-up shot of 3 different bottles of barbecue sauce

Mushroom Tarts

Transition from the hearty barbecue to a more refined hors d'oeuvre with mushroom tarts! These bite-sized delights marry the richness of mushrooms with a flaky puff pastry, creating a savory balance of flavors. Mushroom tarts offer an elegant addition to your New Year’s spread and a fantastic vegetarian option for you or your dinner guests.

Our favorite mushroom tart recipe is from Feel Good Foodie. Take a look and be sure to print the recipe or save it to your Pinterest board.

Photo of a plate of mushroom tarts

Pimento Cheese Sliders: Small Bites, Big Flavor

These flavorful, miniature sandwiches combine the creamy goodness of pimento cheese with the tasty crunch of grilled whole-wheat baguettes.

Cayenne pepper adds a little bit of spice, and the smoked paprika enhances the color and depth of flavor. Plus, you can use that extra barbecue sauce as a slider dip. It’s a party on your plate!

Check out this perfect Pimento Grilled Cheese Bites recipe from Farm Flavor below.


  • 2 whole-wheat baguettes, sliced thin (to make 20 pieces total)
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 4 ounces (1 jar) pimentos, well drained and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 2–3 tablespoons butter


  1. Combine cheeses, pimentos, cayenne pepper, mayonnaise and mustard until well blended. Distribute on 10 slices of bread. Top with the other 10 slices.
  2. Butter the outside-facing sides of the bread lightly. Grill until crispy and deep golden, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  3. Just before serving, place several fresh leaves of spinach inside each mini sandwich.
Plate of pimento cheese sliders

Irresistible Snack Spreads

No celebration is complete without a mix of snacks to munch on throughout the night. On your kitchen counter or island, set out an assortment of crispy potato chips, tortilla chips with dip, and even popcorn.

Having some basic, easy snacks on hand provides a textural contrast and keep guests full until the ball drops at midnight.

Bowl of popcorn and chips on a kitchen counter

A Toast to the New Year With Apple Cider Champagne

Our favorite way to incorporate the Carolinas into a cocktail is with apple cider; mixed with La Marca Prosecco, it’s the perfect pairing!

During our live event, my friend Lauren from Whole Living Lauren shared how she mixes a simple ginger syrup in with the sparkling wine and apple cider, which cuts the tanginess of the apple with a sweet spice. Then, you can top it off with an apple slice on the rim.

Pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly and raise your glass to the promise of new beginnings!

3 glasses of apple cider champagne

I hope you feel inspired to try out one of our holiday recipes this year or in the year to come. Now, it’s time to gather with your loved ones, raise your glasses, and indulge in the joy of good food and great company as you welcome the year ahead.

From all of us at M/I Homes, cheers to a happy and flavorful new year!


Cassian Bernard

Blog Author

Cassian joined the M/I Homes Dallas team in 2016 as a New Home Consultant before stepping into the roles of Director of Sales, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and now Division Vice President. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from the University of Dallas. In his tenure with the company, Cassian has championed both local and national projects for M/I Homes, spearheaded national training programs, and has helped hire, train, mentor, and coach an award-winning Sales, Closing, and Marketing Team. Outside of work, Cassian enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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