The holidays are a great reason to throw an epic party and it’s never too late to plan a last minute New Years Eve bash. Use these easy tips and tricks to throw a spontaneous shindig without the stress. Your party is sure to be a major holiday hit.
To start the night off, whip up an easy cheese tray that people can pick at until dinner is ready. If you feel like being adventurous, throw some frozen appetizers in the oven and serve to guests upon their arrival. You’ll appreciate how easy this is and so will your guests.
Forget the pressure and chaos of cooking a large meal for your party and order take out instead. Everyone will be attempting to start their New Years resolution in the coming weeks so why not treat yourself and your guests to delicious take out. Consider ordering from your favourite Thai restaurant, Chinese place or sushi bar. All you need to worry about it getting plates and cutlery and for that, we recommend paper and plastic.
Stock up on champagne and keep the bar as simple as possible. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are the best solutions for your last minute soiree. Keep things simple and set up a self-serve bar so guests can easily help themselves to cocktails.
Consider slipping away from the group about 15-20 minutes before midnight and pre-pour glasses of champagne for your company and place them in the fridge. You don’t want to miss too much of the party but you also don’t want your bubbly to be flat.
Keep the entertainment factor simple. You don’t need to entertain your guests with games but consider creating a photo booth wall filled with streamers and balloons. Stock a small side table with hats, sunglasses and other funny props for the funniest snaps. It is sure to blow your guests away and create some “Instagram” worthy photos.
Chatting and dancing are sure to be the highlight of your party so you’ll want to create an epic playlist for everyone to enjoy. When creating your playlist think about adding the best hits from the past year and songs from a decade ago to create additional laughter and conversation.
The Ball Drop
When the ball drops, you want to be prepared with noisemakers and glasses of sparkling wine. No matter what age everyone is, decorations and props are a great addition to any New Years party. Party planners recommend sticking to a colour scheme to add sophistication and class to your get together. Black and gold are classic colours for ringing in the New Year.
If you have little ones attending, think about buying sparklers that the kids can play with in the backyard and set out glasses of sparkling apple juice for when the clock strikes 12. Throughout the party have a cupcake decorating table set up so the kids are entertained. Tell them they can eat their cupcake at midnight to ensure they will behave throughout the evening.