If you’re planning to be the host or hostess with the most-est this New Year’s Eve, you’ll need to think carefully about how this thing’s going to go off. New Year’s Eve parties don’t just happen by themselves, so you’re going to need to put on your thinking cap and make sure you can make the evening go swimmingly, no matter who turns up. Here’s some great advice we’ve gathered from party veterans to help you create the right atmosphere to welcome in 2015.
Think drink, but keep it simple
As with so many things in life, alcohol has to be at the top of the list. After all, this is NYE2014, and even if you’re not a big drinker yourself, you have to ensure your guests can get suitably sloshed. Now, as the host you could go ahead and blow your entire budget on stocking up with crates of beer and wine and spirits, but that’s just silly when you still have to decorate the room and feed everyone.
Sure, you can ask your guests to bring a bottle, but you know there will always be that one guy who turns up with two bottles of Bud because he’s ‘not staying long’, but three hours later he’s still sniffing around for booze. Our recommendation? Buy a big, big punch bowl.
Punch is great, because you can supply with it very small cups, which will keep people from draining the bowl too quickly. If they don’t want punch, they can drink what they brought. Party dragging like a dead donkey? Throw another bottle of wine in the punch bowl. Party getting a bit out of hand? Lighten things up with a large dose of lemonade. When it comes to New Year’s booze, punch always comes up trumps.
Feed little and often
Nobody wants a sit down meal at a party, but they’re going to need something to soak up all that alcohol. Focus on hors d’oeuvres, also known as ‘finger food’, which you can find in the freezers at your local Tesco or make up yourself fairly cheaply. Think cheeseboards with crackers, chicken skewers, mini pizzas and nachos with salsa.
Keep the food table topped up but keep enough back to make it through the night too. If you’ve got the space, put some nibbles in other locations around the room too, to avoid a crush at the table and a disappointing lack of mingling.
Turn up the fun factor
This might be an adult’s party, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Decorate with plenty of tinsel, glitter and sparkly things, and get creative with the lighting to turn your cozy lounge into party central. LED downlights are great for creating a disco floor feel, particularly if you invest in some color changing bulbs to really set the mood.
Hand out fun things to everyone who walks in. Sure, noise makers, blowouts, tiaras and flower leis might seem a bit cheesy, but your guests will enjoy the festivities. Try not to start your party too early either. If you invite people round for 8, you’ll have run out of things to do (and booze) before it’s even 10pm. Start between 9 and 10 so that things are just getting warmed up when midnight rolls around and keep those energy levels high and spirits jolly.
Plan a few games
Depending on who you’re inviting, and how many, you may or may not want to build in some games to your evening’s entertainment. Bring nostalgia to the fun and frivolities by quizzing guests on past events, or break out your kids XBOX and let them fight over the mic in Guitar Hero. Make sure there’s enough sitting space for any quieter people in the room, so that they don’t feel uncomfortable if they don’t want to join in.
Make midnight special
Make sure you keep back enough flutes to give everyone one ready to toast the New Year. Make sure you keep back enough sanity to be able to pour the champagne too! Remember to have some lemonade or tonic water on hand for the non-drinkers, and pass out the bubbly in good time before the countdown starts.
If you haven’t got an accurate clock in the house, use an online one to make sure your countdown is on time. There’s nothing worse than finishing Auld Lang Syne only to hear the neighbors just starting their ten second countdown. If you’re in any doubt, stick the TV on and countdown with the rest of the nation, and enjoy the fireworks at the stroke of 12.
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Author: Paris Bielby