New Years has always been a wonderful time to party. You are summing up the past year and looking forward to new challenges in the year ahead. This article will give you some suggestions for throwing a great end of the year celebration.
One great idea that I came across was suggested by fellow writer Jan Corn. She suggests that everyone bring something that reminds them of the past year. For example, if you attended a wedding, bring a picture or the invitation. Maybe you took a special vacation or celebrated a special anniversary. Bring a reminder of it. Place these in a large bowl or box in the center of your room. Bring out the items at a certain point and have your guests figure who did what.
Write down future goals and place them in a small basket that can be passed around in a small basket. This is very similar to the idea above, except it deals with the future. Make sure that they are unsigned. Simply have a guest write it down on a piece of note paper and fold it up. Then your guests can guess at who is doing what.
Oldie but Goodies Trivia. Men versus females. Play oldie rock and roll songs. Your group has to guess the artists. If you win, it goes to the next round. If you lose, your group has to stand up and sing the song. You can include teens as well, by letting them have their own group.
Make your own Dagwood Sandwich. The comic cartoon Dagwood always enjoyed making his own sandwich. You can do this at your party. Just set out everything that you need for making a special sandwich. Be sure to have heavy duty paper plates. These type of sandwiches can get messy.
Penny Poker. Set up some small card tables and let your guests play penny poker. Set a limit though on bets. the idea is to have fun, not break the bank. Stay away from chips, just use pennies.
Charades. Is always a fun game that even little children can play. To make it more interesting, have the host write a suggestion and place it in a basket. Whatever you draw out, you act out. Keep it simple for the children.
Time Puzzle. This is a great game to play with a 300 or 500 piece puzzle. Use a timer and go around the table. Each player has a set time to put in a piece. If they do it within the time period, they go again. If they don’t the next player gets to go. Keep track of total pieces. The one with the most complete pieces in place at the end is the winner.
Always remember that if you serve alcohol, have a designated driver. Better yet, let them spend the night. “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”