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New Year’s Eve is a time of celebrating the phrase “out with the old, and in with the new.” It’s when people all over the world gather with friends and family to countdown to midnight, letting go of the past and looking forward to what’s to come. Although it’s important to remember why it’s celebrated, how it’s celebrated is just as important! Whether your preference is a night on the town or a get-together in the comfort of your home, there’s no wrong way to ring in the new year.
Planning an NYE party of your own this year? Follow our 5 easy steps for making it one to remember!
Pick your party theme and color scheme.
The first step to planning any party is choosing the theme that matches the personality of the party you’re planning! Whether you’re throwing a colorful bash filled with balloons, confetti, and streamers or you’re opting for a sophisticated affair decked out in black, gold, and silver, choosing your theme and color scheme will help you with every step of the planning process.
From silly decor to a sophisticated stylish, Shutterfly notes how the decorations help set the mood and offers one of the more fun elements to any NYE party.
“Decorating for your party is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the party planning process. You and a friend can join forces the day before your party and decorate as much as possible to lighten your workload day-of. Decorations for the night should be festive and shiny so you can create a feel-good and celebratory environment. If your budget is modest, don’t feel pressured to go overboard.”
Get your guest list together.
Once you choose the theme of your NYE party, you then must decide who you’d like to invite to it. Are you planning a small get-together with only a handful of your closest loved ones, or are you hosting a New Year’s Eve extravaganza with over 50 friends and family members? Either way, it’s important to determine your guest list early so your friends and family have plenty of time to RSVP.
Additionally, hosting a NYE party is a lot of work. As a result, just say yes to offers from your guests to help. For example, create a list of things needed and provide it to any guests that inquire about helping.
“Have a list of items ready and mention a few suggestions with various price points, such as noise makers from the dollar store or an appetizer. Then, let the guests decide which to bring.”
Make your menu choices.
Your guest list and theme will help you determine your menu. Depending on how formal your theme is and how many guests you’re hosting, you may decide to opt for an array of finger foods, a potluck, a full plated dinner, or even a casual buffet with a range of options.
No matter what you choose to offer for dinner, don’t forget that dessert is (obviously!) the most important part of your New Year’s Eve menu!
“Our holiday-inspired fruit arrangements work well as unique for gifts, but also as centerpieces for your New Year’s celebration. The combination of fresh fruit, chocolate-covered fruit options, and enjoyable arrangement designs make Edible Arrangements® a different way of representing the fresh start that the new year gives us. You can choose from a variety of arrangements in different sizes to suit your needs. They come big enough to feed a large group of people, or in smaller sizes that make excellent appetizers for a smaller gathering. Our delicious fruit arrangements come with a mixture of fruit and chocolate Dipped Fruit™ options so that everyone can find something that they enjoy.”
Deck the halls with décor.
Bring your party theme and color scheme to life with decorations! Pick up some plates, napkins, balloons, and party supplies based on the theme you picked to help set the stage for a memorable New Year’s Eve. Treat your guests to a party hat or tiara, bead necklaces, and even noise makers when they arrive to help get the party started as soon as they walk through the door.
For more inspiration, My Domaine shares how to find the best NYE decorations, along with selecting the right decor for your party. Plus, a few tips on the easiest things to clean up come morning.
“While party hats, streamers, and other trinkets can sometimes translate as tacky, the opposite is true on New Year’s Eve. Get everyone in the mood for a group countdown by passing out hats, horns, sunglasses, and any other accessories that will lend a festive feel to the evening. New Year’s party items are extremely easy to find and order online and it makes for memorable photos when everyone gets to take part in the fun attire. If you’d rather not go full-on NYE for expense or clean up purposes, pick up some sparkling drink stirrers or any other décor item (a small disco ball, sparklers, etc.) that will make the party atmosphere festive without requiring the participation of each guest.”
Entertain your guests with activities!
Keep the party going all night long with parties and activities your guests will love. Surprise them with a DIY photo booth complete with props, costumes, festive backdrop, and selfie stick, or invite them to channel their inner rockstar with karaoke. By offering games and activities for everyone to enjoy, you’ll keep the energy up way after midnight!
Additionally, Money Crashers offers a variety of entertaining activities, such as innovative noisemakers.
“Have a “craziest noisemaker” contest and be sure to shoot video! Replay each person with their noisemaker for the crowd and vote on who wins. Provide a prize to the winner, such as earmuffs. Then, get everyone together for the big midnight countdown and create your own symphony of racket, clatter, and boom.”