A New Year’s Eve party is easily the most anticipated party of the year. It’s the time to not only toast the upcoming year, but to also get a little wild with friends and family. We all make resolutions, but many of us should not jump the gun and be resolute in throwing a fantastic New Year’s Eve bash.
To prevent your guests from wishing they were at home on the sofa watching Dick Clark drop the ball in NYC, there are a few easy steps to ensuring your guests are snacking, schmoozing, and not snoozing.
Fun and festive are the words of the evening. Bright lights and pizazz add ambiance that will get your guests in the mood to party. Simple strings of holiday lights creatively placed around door frames, fireplaces, and ceilings imbue a touch of class without breaking the bank. Gold and silver balloons that are allowed to float around the floor further the dimension of decoration. Don’t forget sparkly streamers to round out the look.
A good party is not without food; preferably finger food on platters that are easily accessed on a table or via a host circulating the crowd. A central table for snacks with a fancy tablecloth is enough to ensure that your guests have accessibility to food; don’t forget the napkins and plates. Serving spoons are suggested for dip as no one likes a double-dipper ala George Costanza.
Fast-beat tunes are always the life of the party when it seems no one else is. Create a party CD with all of your favorite songs or use an iPod dock that plays MP3s. An upbeat atmosphere always ensures upbeat guests. Get them dancing and that always guarantees a good time.
A drink area is a must for a New Year’s Eve party. Your guests expect it. A selection of liquors and wine as well as mixers and non-alcoholic offerings will give your guests choices, especially if one is a designated driver for the evening. Asking guests to bring their favorite beer cuts down on drink costs. Make your station festive with holiday inspired cups and drink stirrers; accoutrements such as green olives, sliced lime and lemon, and strawberries are great to round out drinks. Don’t forget the champagne for midnight toasts.
A New Year’s Eve party can be elegant and fun on any type of budget as long as guests feel at ease and excited. Ringing in a new year is always better with friends, family, and fun. A party doesn’t constitute the amount of guests, but how happy the guests are.