5 favorite new years eve party tips to ring in the new year!
New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest parties of the year — but it is also one of the most overlooked. In the midst of organizing the events leading up to Christmas, many party planners forget the very last festivities of the year.
This is the year to ring in the New Year right, and fortunately, you don’t have to stress over planning a fabulous party. Here are a handful of simple New Years Eve party tips and tricks to make the last holiday bash a total smash!
New Years Eve Party Tips
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
New Year’s Eve can benefit from the long preparations you already devoted to Christmas. With leftovers and certain party supplies, you can save money, time, and energy on your New Years Eve party. Making sure to avoid decorations that feature holiday symbols like Santa Claus or the menorah, you can deck your halls using the same trimmings as a few days prior.
Feel free to serve any surplus appetizers that remain in good condition, or reconfigure your leftovers into brand-new dishes. For example, you can make frittata wedges with your holiday ham, pasties with your holiday turkey, or a handful of other smart recipes that recycle your food.
Keep It Simple
Even if you do feel compelled to use all-new food and supplies for your New Year’s bash, your plans do not have to include back-breaking work. By opting for simpler arrangements, you can throw together an exciting New Year’s Eve in no time. For example, instead of elaborate hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, you can serve one-pot dishes like soup or sangria (or punch, for family-friendly parties).
You don’t have to spend a fortune on decorations, either. You should take advantage of after-holiday sales to pick up the supplies you need, and you can even rely on special discounts found online. As long as you have the basics — i.e. streamers, confetti, and the ceremonial objects mentioned in the next section — your guests will be excited for the New Year.
Have Regalia & Parting Gifts
They seem silly, but noisemakers, comic hats, and oversized sunglasses are essential to a gleeful New Year’s celebration. New Year’s is one of the few occasions adults have to dress in absurd costumes and make a racket, and by designating your party as a sophisticated affair, you only stifle everyone’s fun. You must allow your guests to let loose on December 31, so on January 1 they can reestablish their sanity for the rest of the year.
Gifts from the host make gatherings feel special. Your favors don’t have to be expensive or personal — after all, most of your guests just celebrated a major gift-giving holiday — but they should encourage smiles. For example, you might hand out popular luck-giving treats for the next day, or you could provide after-party care packages that include aspirin and vitamin-C tablets.
Play Good Tunes
Nothing kills a party faster than silence, but a poorly constructed playlist is sometimes just as bad. People want upbeat, familiar tunes that spread good cheer. However, many hosts struggle to compile even an hour’s worth of music for their guests’ easy listening.
Fortunately, most music providers nowadays provide premade playlists – Spotify, 8Tracks, Songza, and many more music streaming sites already provide the tunes you need.
Keep Them Entertained
The countdown to midnight is fun, but at most parties, that activity lasts 30 seconds or less. For the other several hours your guests will be in attendance, you might want to plan some fun and games to keep their energy up for the long night ahead. Some suggestions include:
- Review the previous year. Share your best and worst memories from 2015.
- Predict the next year. Write predictions down, mix them up, and try to guess who wrote what.
- Designate photographers. Give some guests disposable cameras for “before and after” pictures.
Whatever your plans are for New Years Eve, we wish you all the best and hope your celebrations are safe and memorable!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cher Zavala is a freelance writer who touches on various topics and niches that relate to her everyday life. In addition to writing in her free time she also enjoys traveling and getting to know the world around her. Over the years she has built up many strong relationships within the blogging community and loves sharing her useful tips with others. For questions regarding these New Years Eve Party Tips, please email: cher (at) seekvisability (dot) com