Although Christmas isn’t here yet, it will be in a couple of days, and after you unwrap the gifts and enjoy a delicious roast, the next thing to do is to start planning a New Year’s Eve party. Putting together the perfect New Year’s Eve party requires planning and anticipating your audience. We put together some tips to help you put an event together that goes off without a hitch.
Who is it for?
Are you planning on hosting a party for adults, children, or a mixed crowd? If it’s for adults and you plan to have alcohol at the party, place a bowl at the front door for everyone to leave their keys in. Hide the bowl so people have to come to you for their keys. This allows you to discern whether the person leaving is able to drive or not. Don’t be afraid to take someone’s keys. You could save their life and someone else’s as well. If you aren’t going to have alcohol, you can always toast with cookies and milk!
What you serve depends highly upon what time you start the party. If you’re planning on a dinner party, then you’ll need to serve a full meal. An easy way to get out of this is to have the party start around 8pm or 9pm. At this time most people would have already eaten, which means you can get away with serving simple hor d’ourves. If this is your plan you can also invite others to bring an hor d’ourves to share.
Far beyond food and drinks is accessories. These are items like silly string and decorations. If you’re on a budget like most of us, then the best way to get around this is to re-purpose holiday decor. Chances are you’ve got either silver or gold decor left over from Christmas. Use these to create a festive atmosphere. Additional affordable decor includes balloons and streamers.
Keep your guests entertained with games while you wait for the ball to drop. Things like pop culture trivia, the year in review, and New Year’s resolutions are fun. One game that is a repeated hit over the years us to create New Year’s resolutions for celebrities and then have guests match the resolutions to celebrities.
Photo Credit: By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (New Years Eve Birmingham 7 Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons