New Year’s Eve is coming up fast and it’s time for the party to start! If you’re planning on throwing a New Year’s Eve party this year, don’t fret! They can be easy to set up and a lot of fun! With just some festive decorations, a buffet and drinks you will keep your guests happy. Throw on some music and find activities for the kids. Here is a more in-depth look at throwing a great New Year’s Eve party.
Decorating for a New Year’s Eve party is fairly easy to do and really uses your imagination. You can go simple and basic or you can go extravagant. This will really depend on your budget and size of your party.
The first step is to decide on a theme/color scheme and go from there. You will want balloons, center pieces, hats, plates and other tableware and various decor items within your color scheme. Party City is a great place for New Year’s Eve decorations and they sell kits for 10, 20 and 100 guest parties.
A good basic theme is to go with the traditional black, gold and silver. These will be the easiest decorations to find, along with plates, cups and napkins.
For a fun handmade decoration, get pine cones either from outside if you live in a woody area or at a craft store, and paint the tips with glitter or a shimmery paint. Place these in bowls scattered around your house.
You can also get creative with how your buffet is set up. Get plastic martini and margarita glasses for your dips, sauces and candy dishes to set around the counters and tables.
Lights, Noise-makers and Party Favors
Light It Up – Lights are really fun for New Year’s Eve parties! You can find mini disco balls or beacons for between $5.00 and $15.00 each at Party City, Walmart, Target, Costco or online. You might also want to get colored light bulbs to add a festive touch to your lamps.
Noise Makers – These are a must! You can get a pack of part horns, blowouts or squawkers at any party supply store near you, I have even seen them at dollar stores. Get packs of them and place them in bowls, baskets or scattered on table tops.
Party Favors – A great way to remember your New Year’s Eve party is to include party favors, preferably with the year on them. You can include any variety of noise makers, glow favors (like bracelets, necklaces or glow sticks), plastic martini glasses, funky eye glasses, plastic mardi gras beads or anything else that is fun and easy to pass around.
Food & Drink
Doing a buffet is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party, as having your guests sit down for a formal meal is going to be difficult. Set out a good variety of chips and dip, mini quiches, finger foods, candy and sweets and other snacks. Most people will either pick as they walk by, or put some on a little plate and walk around with it.
For drinks it’s a good idea to have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices.
New Year’s Eve Champagne Punch (served in a large punch bowl with plenty of ice)
1 (25.4 oz.) bottle Cold Duck, chilled
1 (4/5) qt. bottle any champagne, chilled
4 c. cranberry juice, chilled
1 (33.8 oz.) bottle ginger ale, chilled
Music is the best form of enterainment for a New Year’s Eve party. Most local radio stations will have a special segment the night of New Year’s Eve with a good variety of genres for everyone. Have it playing in the background on a stereo or computer. When it gets closer to midnight, it might be a good idea to turn on the TV to a station where your guests can watch the ball drop.
For The Kids
If you are planning on having kids at your New Year’s Eve party then you want to be prepared with activities to keep them occupied. There is nothing wrong with having kids mingle with adults, but it’s also a good idea to designate a kids-only area in your home. Set up tables with crafts, games and activities for them. Maybe let them watch holiday-themed specials or cartoons in another room.
Kaboose has a lot of fun New Year’s themed crafts for the kids to do.
Kids also love to cook and bake, so get them involved in the party preparation by making cookies, cheese balls and mix the dip. They will feel involved in the party and have fun doing it!
Not everyone at your party will be drinking alcohol, so here are some fun virgin cocktails from Baby Zone for your guests.
6 ounces ginger ale
1 1/2 tsp. grenadine
Garnish: orange slice and/or maraschino cherryPour ginger ale over crushed ice, top with grenadine, garnish, and serve.
3 ounces tomato juice or V-8
3 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 tsp. Tabasco (more to taste)
1 tsp. lime juice
Fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
Garnish: cilantro sprig, celery stick, lime wedge, or pickle!
Pour all ingredients over crushed ice. Stir, garnish, and serve.
1 part iced tea
1 part lemonade
Sugar, to taste
Garnish: lemon, mint, or a slice of kiwi
Pour iced tea (sweetened or not) and lemonade over ice; stir and garnish. For a fancier presentation, pour the lemonade over ice first, then slowly add the iced tea and they will stay in somewhat separate layers. This is a summer favorite, called a “half-and-half” in some parts of the country, and usually served in a tumbler or highball glass.
4 or 5 springs of fresh mint
1 ounce simple syrup
6 to 8 ounces soda water
Garnish: lime wedges and mint sprigs
Muddle the mint (reserve one sprig for garnish) with the simple syrup in the bottom of a tall glass. Add ice cubes. Squeeze half of one lime into the glass, reserving the other half for garnish (slice it into three or four wedges). Top with soda water. Stir, drop in lime wedges, and decorate with the last sprig of mint.
Have a Fun & Safe New Year’s Eve!