The holidays are not over yet! We are just a few days away from ringing in the New Year and you’re likely trying to finalize your plans for where you will go to celebrate. Maybe you’re even considering hosting your own New Year’s Eve party this year. If so, we have some great advice for creating a fun and memorable occasion that will start 2017 off right!
Be smart about the size of your guest list
If you’re hosting your party at your home, be realistic about how many guests you can comfortably fit. If you want people to mix, mingle and stay a while, you need to give them enough space to relax. An overcrowded party gets loud, hot and overwhelming which can cause guests to scoot out early. Start with your “A” list of invites and if RSVP’s come back low, offer a quick invite to your “B” list.
Make your menu special
We have all been to plenty of house parties, but this is New Year’s Eve! Make sure to make your menu special by serving items that feel a bit more fancy, gourmet and New Year’s-like. Instead of serving a crockpot of artichoke spinach dip with chips, put the dip in cute and convenient won-ton cups to give them an “upscale appetizer” feel. Many more ideas like this can be found on Pinterest!
Plan entertainment leading up to midnight
Obviously the ball drop at midnight if the focus of the event, but that doesn’t mean you should leave guests sitting around waiting for this part of the night. Plan entertainment from the start of the party well until the end. Depending on the size of your guest list, some games like charades or Apples to Apples are fun for guests of all ages. You can also do a wine pairing that matches a type of wine with each of your appetizers. These activities will keep up the energy of the event and also break the ice among guests.
Give guests a reason to stay after the ball drops
Just as we mentioned the importance of activities prior to the ball drop, you’ll also want to plan something to keep guests entertained into the wee hours of the New Year. One fun idea is to create a DIY photo booth where guests can pose with props. Designate someone as the photographer, or encourage guests take selfies and post to social media with a signature hashtag for your event. The later in the night you do this, the better the photos!
Make it convenient for everyone to get home safely
Finally and most importantly, be sure guests have safe and reliable transportation to and from your event. If you want people to stay late and cut loose, you might consider make space for people to crash – sleeping bags and all! Or you can find a friend or family member to designate as the designated chauffeur. Guests will appreciate this courtesy and really have a good time without the worry of how or when they will get home.
Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year? Share some of the ideas you plan on incorporating by leaving us a comment!