Can I really tell YOU how to throw a New Year’s Eve Party? Everyone of us is different and has different entertaining and hosting styles, but I have gathered together some great tips that I think can help YOU host a wonderful and successful New Year’s Eve Party.
1. The theme is already set. Many times when you are planning a party you need a theme to make the event cohesive. New Year’s Eve is not that time. Everyone knows they are there to celebrate ringing in the new year.
2. Add some glitz. No, your party does not have to be all shimmery with silver and gold. It can be all metallic and shiny, but do your own thing with color. Do you love pink and orange together? If so, maybe that is your color scheme. Go formal with all black and white. Whatever you do, keep that concept of cohesiveness. Don’t go all purple and orange and silver and gold and pink and green. Regardless of your color choices, add something shiny!
3. Don’t start the party too early. You love your friends and you love spending time with them, this is why you are inviting them to spend this special night with you. This does not mean you have to spend hours and hours and hours with them. Midnight is the highlight of this party, so think about starting your party around 9 PM. That leaves plenty of time for socializing but not so long that your guests will be tired and want to leave before the big event.
4. Serve up some something bubbly. Champagne, Prosecco, or sparkling juices may not be your beverage of choice. Perhaps you have a beer or soda drinking crowd. That is okay, serve what you choose throughout the evening, but pop open something bubbly for a midnight toast.
5. Serve up some food. This may be where hostesses may vary the most. Are you having eight people in and plan to serve a five-course sit-down dinner? That is fine for New Year’s Eve, but so is ordering in pizza and wings, or just offering up a big ol’ buffet of finger foods – homemade, or bought from your local warehouse store freezer section. It is New Year’s Eve, people may or may not be drinking alcohol, but you need to feed them – enough said.
6. Be aware of the time. This is an event that is all about the clock striking midnight, so consider using clocks (all set with the correct time) as part of your party decor. Use a large oversized clock that everyone can see as a focal point in your party space, or just tune the television to a station that is covering New Year’s Eve, so everyone knows when “the moment” has arrived.
6. Keep your guest’s safety in mind. Are your guests going to have to drive to and from your party? If so, keep alcohol-impaired driving in mind. Have the numbers of taxi services handy to keep friends from driving home drunk. Perhaps you want to start your party a little later and then stop serving alcohol after the midnight toast and serve up a midnight breakfast with a lovely coffee bar.
However you choose to celebrate this New Year’s Eve, I hope it is a safe and happy one! Best wishes for the last few days of 2014 and may you have a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015!
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