New Year, New Party: How to Throw the Best NYE Bash
New Year’s Eve is the perfect cap to the holiday season, but making too big a deal can often end in disappointment. Don’t blow the budget by going to an overpriced bar or renting out a venue. Show off your impressive hosting skills by throwing a homemade bash for family and friends, and forget about trying to flag a taxi at 3 a.m. Here are a few tips on how to host a New Year’s Eve party.
Choose Either Classy or Cozy
Decide whether you want your guests dressed to the nines or cozy in comfy clothes. It’ll be easier to plan the party once you decide what the vibe should be. For example, if you’re just going to order takeout and opt for sweatpants, you can keep the good plates in the cabinet and bust out some paperware to make cleanup a cinch.
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Scout Out the Best Spot
Figure out where to station party headquarters. Make sure there’s a nearby bathroom and space for your guests to mingle. Set out a folding table for dinner, snacks or a mix-it-yourself bar. Lastly, keep a television within easy view so everyone can watch the ball drop at midnight.
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Give the Guests a Game
Loosely plan some activities that might be fun for guests. Put out board or card games to keep everyone entertained, or encourage people to share each other’s New Year’s resolutions. Sure, they’ll all claim they’re joining a gym this month, but isn’t the annual ritual entertaining in itself?
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Don't Forget the Tunes
No party, New Year’s or otherwise, is complete without the perfect playlist. Find somewhere to plug in your speakers or smartphone and get everyone moving to the year’s greatest hits. Just make sure you’ve made some room for an impromptu dance floor.
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Figure Out the Food
If you’re determined to be the host with the most, cooking a meal for your guests is always a crowd pleaser. If your soiree is a bit bigger, set out some light snacks or appetizers and encourage guests to each bring a dish in a potluck style. When all else fails, everyone loves pizza.
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Let's Talk Libations
Decide whether to provide all of the drinks for the party yourself or to encourage guests to BYOB. No matter what, make sure to have plenty of bottled water, juice and soda, as well as champagne (or sparkling cider for the kiddos) for the big moment.
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Flex Your Crafting Muscles
Wow your friends and family by adding some DIY décor. Hang a backdrop on a designated wall to create the perfect spot for guests to take photos, and add some fun props to make your photo booth come alive. Set out an instant camera with all of the fun goodies so guests can take home a lively memory as a souvenir.
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Get More from Your Décor…
Feel free to remove anything that screams Christmas, but try to repurpose some of your existing décor for the occasion. Maybe the tree and stockings are already back in the attic, but keep your lights up for a fun and festive glow that still speaks to New Year’s Eve.
…But Don't Forget It's New Year's
Every proper New Year’s Eve party needs some time-sensitive touches. Add banners, balloons and paper goods celebrating the coming year, and set out fun wearables and noise makers for guests to enjoy as midnight approaches.