New Year's Eve Party Ideas – Throwing the Perfect Party By Julie
You may be partied out once Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas are over, but there's one more holiday to get through before you can relax and detox. So, put on your cardboard glitter tiaras and start planning your final party of the year!
Step 1: Invitations
The holidays are a busy time of year, and most people's social calendars fill up pretty quickly. Beat the rush by sending out your invitations before Thanksgiving. Tiny Prints offers countless options for holiday party invitations, no matter what your taste may be.
Try something festive:
Or Something quirky and fun:
Or combine your invitation with a Happy New Year photo card, where you can show off the latest pics of yourselves, your kids, or your furry friends.
Step 2: Decide What Kind of Party to Have
Not every party needs a theme, but you should at least decide what kind of party you want to throw. This will help you plan your food and drink menu, how to decorate, and even what to wear. Here are a couple New Year's ever party ideas:
If you're a foodie, try a dinner party. You can prepare the food yourself or throw a potluck. If you like, choose a theme for your food. How about a Mexican fiesta? Or a meal where everyone brings their favorite cozy comfort food? You and your guests will enjoy a tasty evening of delicious treats before those New Year's Resolutions kick in.
If you like the sparkle, glitz, and glamour that New Year's Eve brings, throw a sophisticated and formal fete. Serve elegant hors d'oeuvres and fizzy, bubbly champagne. Be sure to ask your guests to dress in their finest duds.
If formal's not your thing, try a casual, laid-back get-together. Ask guests to BYOB, serve some affordable party snacks, and have a fun but relaxing night with friends. Play games, watch movies, or just hang out!
If you love dancing, loud music, and wild celebrations (and have patient, understanding neighbors), then throw an all-out rager! Turn down the lights, turn up the stereo, and keep the beverages flowing.
Step 3: Beverage Ideas
Champagne is the traditional beverage of choice for New Year's Eve. Stock up (and make sure you have some sparkling cider on hand for guests who prefer not to drink alcohol). If you want to make your bubbly even more exciting, try some of these fun champagne cocktails:
Step 4: Food Ideas
If you're having a dinner party, then you'll obviously need to plan a full menu. But if your soiree doesn't start till after dinner, you may still want to have some snacks to nosh on. Make sure to offer food that's both savory and sweet.
Step 5: Decoration Ideas
Your home may already be decorated for the holidays, so take advantage of that when decking out your home for your New Year's Eve party. Try repurposing the Christmas or Hanukkah cards you received earlier in the month as either decorative garland, or, if your guests sent you photo cards, repurpose them as photo place cards for them at the dinner table.
Swap out the angels and Santas on your Christmas tree for some sparkly spherical ornaments, reminiscent of the famous Times Square Ball Drop at midnight.
Since New Year's Eve is all about counting down the clock, what about decorating with a clock theme?
Step 6: Activity Ideas
Maybe, eating, drinking, dancing, and spending time with your closest friends is enough for you, and you don't need any special activities. But if you're a fan of party games, here are some to try on New Year's Eve:
Have fun with New Year's Resolutions. Print out fill-in-the-blank resolution cards and ask your guests to fill them out. Or have everyone write their resolutions anonymously, and then guess which guest wrote what.
Make time capsules. Ask your guests to bring items that most represent 2013 to add to their own capsule, and provide containers and decorations. Fill and seal your capsules and plan to open them next New Year's Eve!
Or have a New Year's Eve movie marathon. There are lots of great movies that feature New Year's Eve, including When Harry Met Sally, 200 Cigarettes, Boogie Nights, The Apartment, and Trading Places.
If your guests are reluctant to attend because they don't want to leave their children, or can't find babysitters, just have them bring their kids! The younguns can have their own pajama party upstairs with Mom and Dad right downstairs. Leave an older kid in charge, and they'll have a ball!
Step 7: Have Fun!
New Year's Eve is a time to enjoy with your loved ones. So no matter what you plan, be sure to have a ball!
Are you throwing a New Year's Eve party this year? Do you have any party tips to share?