5 Easy Steps to Throw the Perfect New Year’s Eve Party


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As every New Year approaches and the Christmas season is winding down, it gives way to a platform for amazing New Year’s eve parties for family and friends to come together and happily reminisce as the New year ends and celebrate as they bring in the New Year together.

To throw a party for New Year’s Eve, it has to be perfect – your guests have chosen to spend their very first moments of the New Year in your humble abode expecting to have a great time. No pressure, right? It may seem overwhelming at first, but we have broken the successful New Year’s party into 5 steps that will result in a sure fire way of making it the best possible event for you and your loved ones to welcome the new year and a new chapter of your lives.

1. The Plan

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You may be excited and just want to immediately go out and start buying streamers, delightfully gaudy new year plastic glasses, cute finger foods and beverages, and we’re with you! Just not quite yet. When planning a party for an occasion like New Year’s Eve, it’s easy for hosts to forget to go in with a plan first and foremost, resulting in a poorly constructed party that’s missing vital things or even worse, is filled with bored guests. Remember – there’s no such thing as a great party without a solid foundation, and that foundation is  a well thought out and executed plan.

So where to start?

Quickly and effectively hash out the details such as:

What is your budget? Food, drinks, decorations and party favors add up– and add up fast. Make sure you have the cash to do everything you want to do, and if you don’t, make sure you don’t make plans that are outside of what you can afford.

How many people do you want to invite? Whether you have housing constraints (studio apartment anyone?), only want a few close friends, or you want to throw the biggest, most memorable NYE party that will leave your guests still talking about it well into January, figuring out an exact number is a must. This also helps with determining how much food you should buy. Can those invited bring guests or will there be a strict list? If so, how many guests? Although they may seem like unimportant details, they all help make the party planning process a lot easier.

RSVP List. Ask people to RSVP. This goes hand in hand with figuring out exact numbers – how will you know the exact numbers if you have no one confirm if they are able to attend or not? Picture it: you’ve made 24 platters of finger food and only 10 people show up. Guess who will be eating deviled eggs for the next month?

Now that you have the generic but all-important details of Who, What, When and Where, you can now compile it into a stylish Evite.

Here’s an example we brewed up for you:

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2. The Food

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The food is one, if not the most important part of party hosting. Rule #1:  Make sure your guests are well fed. A full guest is a happy guest. To figure out what to serve at your party, break it down into these simple questions:

Do you want to follow a theme? Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican or good ol’ American comfort food, figure out what kind of foods would you like to serve. Don’t feel restricted to follow one theme, feel free to do your own thing and dish out a combination of different kinds of food to give your guests a variety of choices.

How will it be served? Decide whether you want to have finger food or large dishes where your guests may self serve. Both have their pros and cons depending on the type of party you’re throwing.

Home-made or store bought? There’s no shame in store bought – it’s fast, easy and you can do it last minute. But there’s also nothing like making your own creation of food from scratch and hearing your guests rave about the cuisine as you internally swell with pride. Either way, it’s a detail that must be addressed. Here are a few amazing finger food ideas for New Year’s Eve parties we found:

Tortellini Skewers 

recipe: itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot

Guacamole Bruschetta 

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Cheesy Pesto Pull-Apart Bread

There's plenty of cheese action in this cheesy pesto pull-apart bread. Feed a crowd with this easy 4 ingredient appetizer.
recipe: thecookingjar.com

3. The Drinks

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What’s a great New Year’s party without a great selection of drinks? (provided you’re of legal drinking age).

A dry bar at a New Year’s Eve party is host’s worst nightmare, so a good rule of thumb is to have enough for 3 drinks per guest, and roughly 2 pounds of ice and 2 glasses per person (see how knowing the guest count is important? It’s all coming together!)

Consider picking up classy looking plastic glasses at your local discount store or (gasp) dollar tree. Chances are, you will never use them again or you just won’t have the extra space to store them. If you buy them cheap and in bulk, you can toss them post-party guilt free, broken glass into the wee hours of the night will be a non-issue and there is significantly less clean up for you. But if you insist on having authentic glassware, consider renting the glasses in bulk.

Tip: To lessen the chance of someone misplacing their glass and reaching for another one, have a sheet of label stickers for guests to put on their drinks:

Unless you are planning on including a bar tender in your budget, a self serve bar is your best bet. Make a list of the drinks you plan on providing, and create special cocktails with a creative name that is unique to your own party that everyone will want to get their hands on before they run out. This it the time where you decide what kind of wine or liquor you want to provide your guests with.

To not leave out the Designated Drivers (or if you’re not quite yet of age) look into non-alcoholic drink ideas and have them reserved exclusively for them. Check out a great list of 20 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails here.

 

4. The Decorations

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Allude to the recent holiday season. Don’t be afraid to re-purpose your stylish Christmas decorations! Allude to the just ended Christmas season with a bowl of your best ornaments and toss a few handfuls of tinsel here and there. Don’t go too crazy though, you want to maintain the feel of a predominantly New Year’s Eve party, so make sure to blend hints of Christmas with your NYE decorations. All things silver, gold and glitter are your friends for New Years, don’t be afraid of it looking too much or out of place. The entire point of New Years is for loud decorations so don’t hold back!

Play up the table. Make the your table where the food and drinks reside the talk of the party with flashy and unique decorations. An easy way to make it pop is get a large piece of bold fabric to drape over the table. Think glitter, bright colors and crazy prints, have fun with it! Be sure to also incorporate New Year glasses, hats and celebratory party horns in the NYE decor, and also make them within easy reach for your guests.

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5. The Games

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Have some fun games planned for those that want to supplement party chit-chat. Here are a few of our favorites:

Guess the Resolution

This is a fun New Year’s twist on the old classic Charades. On strips of paper, write down common New Year’s resolutions (i.e. lose weight, get organized, ect.). Put them all in a decorative bowl and have everyone reach in and pick one. Go around the room and have each person act out their strip and see if your guests can get it right! Add some extra fun and bring out a lighthearted competitive vibe by breaking everyone up into teams.

New Year’s Trivia

Compile a list of the past years lighthearted events and have everyone list them in the order they happened. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and and the great parts about it!

New Year’s Psychic

Give everyone a chance to play psychic for the night. Have pre-cut strips of paper with the writing “In the New Year you will…” with a blank space next to it for guests to write whatever they please in a concise 1-3 sentences, and encourage funny light hearted answers. Have everyone deposit their psychic predictions in a bowl or hat, mix them up and then pass them around again. Have everyone read aloud their predicted futures and have a laugh!

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