New Year’s eve rolls around pretty quickly after Christmas, so it’s essential to start thinking about plans before the festivities begin, especially if you’re planning to host your own party. This is everything you need to throw the ultimate party to celebrate welcoming in the New Year, with tips to ensure that you enjoy the process as much as the party and don’t end up too stressed on the evening of. Enjoy the final night of the year yourself, and see in the new one having enjoyed the perfect evening with family and friends.
Create the mood
This typically comes down to lighting in the room, ceiling lights aren’t going to cut it for a party, you want something a lot more subtle and subdued to create an atmosphere.
Candles might sound like a good idea to being with, but open flames around people who are drinking aren’t the safest bet. So either choose fake flame candles to have dotted around the place, or keep your floor light on, and choose lamps, fairy lights or lanterns to add a warm glow to your room.
Plan some games
The perfect way to get the conversation started is plan for games to play early on in the evening, simple things like photo booth props to encourage people to get some pictures for memories of the evening. Games like Jenga and Twister never go a miss. And if you’re feeling particularly daring you could whip out the Speak Out game or even Splat, both guaranteed to provide some laughs.
If you wanted to, you could even plan a pub quiz style game for questions about what’s happened that year. Perfect to see everyone’s competitive edge come out. Just remember to have a prize for the winners on hand, a bottle of something fizzy is always going to be appreciated on New Year’s Eve.
Add some decoration
Chances are you’ll still have your Christmas tree and decorations still up, but add some New Year decorations with garlands on the walls and party poppers and confetti scattered around the place for people to use. A disco ball light might be on the edge of tacky, but it’ll definitely be a firm favourite when everyone starts dancing.
Something special for midnight
Plan something special for when the clock strikes 12, it’s the pinnacle of the evening so you want something your guests will remember. Encourage everyone into the same room, set a timer on a camera and get a whole group photo. Pop some champagne, along with party poppers and streamers.
Create a party playlist
The music will definitely make or break the party, so make sure you take some time out the week of the party to put together your own party list. Look to the internet for inspiration and make sure to include a mix of everything for every taste.
Don’t forget to have Auld Lang Syne ready to play at midnight too; it’s a classic that’ll be missed if you don’t.
Keep it simple with food
You’ll have enough on your plate to ensure your guests are enjoying themselves, without having to worry about cooking throughout the evening too. So make sure you serve food that’s perfectly fine to eat cold or at room temperature. You’ll just want some simple buffet style food that people can pick at through the evening if they so wish.
Keep some frozen pizzas stashed too, these will no doubt come in handy after midnight if your guests have managed to empty the buffet table.
Remember to turn on the TV
It might sound like a bit of a buzz kill, but turn on the television around 11.30pm to ensure you all get the right time for the stroke of midnight. You don’t have to have it on loud, it’s just a good marker to ensure you see in the New Year at the right time. The fireworks in London make a pretty backdrop too.