Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How to Host a New Year's Eve Party

On New Year's Eve, most of us gather together with friends and family to celebrate the ending of one year and the start of another. Considering New Year's is right around the corner, it's time to get the ball rolling in planning your house party.

New Year's Eve Party
Plan ahead for the times

The first step to any party is setting the date, but since the date of this one is pretty evident, make sure your friends are available for the big night.

Create a guest list

It is helpful to know just how many people are going to attend the party. Make a list that can be easily marked off when you receive responses. Also remember sometimes people will not readily accept because they aren't sure and may not even know until the day before the party. Always prepare for a few extra people just in case you have more than expected.

Send your invitations

Always have an RSVP card with the invitation. This way people will get back to you if they are coming. Make a follow-up phone call or send a follow-up email to make sure you have an accurate list.

Whether you use e-mail or the phone, make sure to tell your guests if it's a "the more the merrier" party or if it's exclusive to your close friends.

Choose a party theme

Most of the time hosts will use a unique theme for the party. If you would rather not choose a theme, you can always aim for a comfortable and casual theme. Whatever you decide, if you do a unique party theme, for example, be sure to include it on the invitation so the guests can arrive in the appropriate attire.

Be responsible

If you plan to serve alcohol at your party you should either have taxi arrangements made ahead of time or designate a driver. Depending on how large your guest list is, you might consider having a few designated drivers just to be on the safe side.

Make your shopping list

One of the most important parts of any gathering, party, meeting or evening out is what food is being served. Light snacks, cocktails, or simple finger foods are the best way to go on New Year's Eve, as opposed to a sit-down dinner. This allows guests to have multiple choices as well as food they can eat while mingling around the room. Here are some food items to have on hand:
    New Year Party Food

  • Nachos and salsa
  • Pretzels, chips
  • Nuts
  • Champagne cocktails
  • Vegetable and dip
  • Chicken wings
  • Mini pizzas
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • An assortment of cheeses
  • Warnings&Tips:
    1. Use paper cups, plates, and plastic cutlery to avoid things from breaking and to avoid having to do the dishes the morning-after -- or the month-after that is...
    2. When New Years Eve is upon you, remember to be a great host by greetng your guests as they arrive.
    3. Stock your freezer with extra ice, and have napkins readily available in case of spills.
    4. Most importantly, enjoy yourself. An uptight host sets a somber tone. Laugh, be happy and use any of the New Years party ideas above to help ring in the New Year your way!

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