Planning a New Years Eve party can be fun and a lot of work. There are so many things to remember.To help you out here are some basic party planning ideas to help you ring in the New Year in style.
Type of Party
One of the first things to consider is what type of party you are going to have? Some questions to ask yourself are Will it be formal or informal? Will it be adults only or can families come? Will the party have a theme or will it just be a New Years celebration? will you provide the food and drink or will you ask your guest to bring a dish and or drinks?
Once you have decided on what type of party you are going to have then you will be better able to plan what to serve, activities you will have and what the decorations will look like.
There are many free sites on the Internet that let you create your own invitations and either email them or print them out to hand deliver or snail mail to your guests. Because New Years Eve is a popular night for parties and people make plans on where to attend early you will want to be sure and get your invitations out early.
Because New Years is so close to Christmas it is perfectly acceptable to leave your Christmas decorations up for a New Years Eve Party. If you’ve already taken down your Christmas decorations or just want to add a New Years flair to your Christmas Decorations you can find several great New Years Decorations at www.orientaltrading.com or you can go with a specific theme such as Mardi Gras, Masquerade or 80s and decorate to reflect the theme you’ve chosen.
Food and Drink
Traditionally a big meal is not served at a New Years Eve Party since they usually don’t start until later in the evening. Several small appetizers are the perfect food to serve at your party. you will want to make sure you have plenty on hand as people will be snaking most of the night. Since most people will be socializing in groups and eating while standing serving appetizers that can be eaten with the fingers or a toothpick and are not too messy are the way to go, You can find several recipes for easy to make appetizers at
You will want to have a variety of non alcoholic and alcoholic drinks at your party. Cocktails are always a good choice so have on hand ingredients for making several different kinds. you can find cocktail recipes at http://www.drinksmixer.com/cat/1/. You will also want to have some champagne and sparkling cider on hand for the all important New Years toast.
A lot of stores like Bevmo www.bevmo.com offer good deals on champagne and other alcoholic drinks around the holidays.
Most people who attend New Years Parties just enjoy mingling and talking with other people. Provide a couple of cozy rooms that people can relax and chat in. Some people enjoy dancing at A New Years Party. If your budget allows consider hiring a DJ to keep the party going. If a DJs not an affordable option for you then make a CD of some party songs that will get everyone up and dancing to play or if you have an Ipod and speakers download some party music to play. You can also find a variety of party music Cd’s at www.amazon.com.
Traditional party favors for a New Years Eve Party are noise makers, confetti poppers, silly hats and tiaras, beads and leis. These can be purchased in party packs from Oriental Trading Company www.orientaltrading.com
If you do not allow smoking inside your home let guests know ahead of time and where they may smoke outside
Let your neighbors know you are having a party and to call you before calling the police department if things get to noisy.
Be prepared for house guests if anyone over indulges on alcohol or arrange for their car to be towed home by Tipsy Tow a free service provided by AAA on New Year’s Eve.
Now you have all the basics on how to plan a great New Year’s Eve Party. Just provide friends and you are sure to have a fun evening that everyone will enjoy.