Ring in the New Year with a bang.
It’s the end of the year, which means the end of work stress, diets, and any attempt at maintaining dignity at the office Christmas bash.
But aside from Christmas, we’re getting frighteningly (and spectacularly) close to the fabled, fabulous, and fantastic New Year’s Eve. And what better way to ring in the New Year than to throw the greatest party anyone has ever thrown in the history of shindigs?
Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. But there are ways to hold an NYE do that really stands out. We spoke to party planner extraordinaire Emma Rosen, for some simple tips to make your December 31 a night to remember for all the right reasons…
1. Theme your do
Although it may seem like stating the obvious, Rosen stresses a themed party is always the way to go if you’re looking to make your event one to remember.
“For a really great, memorable event, this should run through everything from the décor to the music, food and even drinks. Fancy dress is always fun, too.”
2. Create one helluva playlist
“Create a killer playlist of fun party tracks, or hire a great DJ or band,” advises Rosen.
“You don’t want to have to spend all night searching for your fave song or skipping the duds.”
Music choice can make or break a party, so it’s important to pick tunes tailored to your guest list. Is it a hip-hop crowd, or are you jamming with a bunch of Beliebers? Whatever you choose, ensure you include a few classic party tracks sure to get everyone on the dancefloor.
3. Welcome guests with a mystery potion
“Create a welcome cocktail to get the party started,” says Rosen.
To really wow guests, think beyond your average Cosmopolitan. There are a myriad of impressive and tasty cocktail recipes sure to summon everyone’s inner party animal: think something in the same hue as your party theme palette.
4. Keep those drinks cool as Kanye
Don’t be that hostess who forgot to pick up a few ice bags and has their guests sipping on lukewarm cocktails.
“Make sure you have bucket-loads of the stuff. Nobody wants a warm drink,” says Rosen.
To take things up a notch, get creative by freezing flowers, berries, candy, or anything else pretty and edible in your ice cubes for some extra flair.
5. Cook up a super-storm beforehand
“Prepare all the food in advance, as much as possible,” Rosen stresses.
“You don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen all night! Bite-sized finger food and some loaded platters work best for a New Year’s bash.”
6. Pretend your guests haven’t eaten all year
It’s true when they say calories don’t exist while you’re at a party. Neither do diets. So celebrate!
“Over cater! Nobody ever complains about too much food at a party, and it will help soak up the alcohol,” says Rosen.
“People tend to drink more enthusiastically at New Year’s, so plenty of food will help keep things from getting too messy.”
If you’ve got a lot of guests coming and only a small kitchen, or are particularly time poor, hire a pro.
“Cut back on stress by calling in the professionals and getting some help with the catering,” says Rosen.
8. Match-make your guests
One of the most awkward things ever is throwing a party and having your various friendship groups refuse to mix with each other. Rosen says the best way to combat this is to, er, coerce them.
“Be the hostess with the mostest and help solo guests mingle. One good way is to give them a little ‘job’, like taking around a bottle of bubbles for top ups.”
The plus side? You may just end up helping a few people get their midnight kiss.
9. Clean, clean, clean!
Yes, it’s boring. Yes, you’re tired. Yes, it’s disgusting. But Rosen insists it will save you hell in the morning if you tidy up as soon as the guests leave.
“Even if it’s just collecting the empties or moving all the debris to one area to finish in the morning, it’s the sensible thing to do. In my opinion, it’s preferable to start cleaning after you’ve had a few drinks than to tackle it with a nasty hangover.”
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