Tips for Hosting Your New Year’s Eve Party
1. Set the vibe of your party. Consider what your guests will see, smell and hear when they walk into the party. New Year’s Eve is all things brightly colored and glittery, the sounds of tinkling glasses & silly noisemakers, and overall wild fun! Be sure to use bold colors with metallic gold or silvers in your decor and have plenty of noisemakers nearby for the stroke of midnight and a great playlist going in the background. The smells can be influenced by a special scented candle, roaring fire or the foods you’ll be cooking/serving.
2. Set up a drink station. Whether it is a bar cart decked out, a sideboard or a coffee table, having a drink station set up helps your guests know they are welcome and that they can relax. Your drink station can carry anything from sodas to mocktails to a signature drink. Just don’t go too crazy if your mixology skills are not the best. Keep it simple and choose drinks that will please the majority of your guests for the evening. (Money saving tip: choose a mix that will let you use up any Christmas booze you may have left.) A special punch (and maybe one for drivers that night also. Be sure to label them!) can really get your guests moving!
3. Games: Chances are you have stressed a little bit on how to expertly entertain the crowd you are hosting. Well, STOP. If you relax, your guests will relax also. You can organize ice breaker games, card games, karaoke, and a dance floor, but let them happen organically! Put the games out and the people will come!
4. Be prepared for anything! Some guests may end up staying over after partying until after midnight. Have extra blankets and pillows available and tidy up the guest room. Be flexible and show hospitality to your guests! You never know when you might need them to repay the favor and let you crash at their house! Remember, anytime you open your home up to others, things happen.