How to Host NYE

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How to Host NYE

We love that NYE is more party, less sit-down. Here are a few tips for hosting a celebration fit to ring in the new year.

1. Choose a theme! Whether it’s a black tie dress code, a nostalgic menu, or a pop culture moment — a good theme always livens up the party.

Champagne Glasses

2. Get yourself excited. Put on your favorite song and wear a fancy outfit (hello, feathers)! If the host is having fun, the guests will follow suit.

 woman sitting on couch in green outfit with a festive spread on the coffee table.

3. Start a conversation. Having a few topics on hand will keep everyone chatting and laughing. Here are a few foolproof ideas:

  • What was your favorite moment of 2023?
  • What are you most looking forward to in 2024?
  • What was your favorite show, movie, or book of the year?
  • Tell us about a time you met someone who would change your life forever (but you didn’t know it yet).
  • What’s the worst/weirdest job you’ve ever had?
  • What famous person would you invite to dinner and why?
people having conversation at a dinner table

4. If you’re hosting a big group, go heavy on the apps. Create a buffet and mix in silver serving pieces for a little extra glitz. (Pro tip: Set it up the day before. Trust us.)


5. Set the bar high. Create multiple bar stations with pre-batched cocktails and NA options. And always remember: A bathtub full of ice is just a giant ice bucket.

outdoor bar setup at a party

6. Keep the tunes going. Your playlist should be long enough to last the entire evening. Hearing the same songs over and over is a buzz kill.

7. Dim the lights. Don’t ever, ever, ever turn on the overhead lighting. Lamps, candles, and twinkle lights will set the right mood.

woman lighting a candle on a set holiday dinner table.

8. Pull out a game (or three). Dominoes, charades, and card games are our go-to’s for keeping everyone chatting, laughing, and sipping.

friends sitting at a dinner table having dessert and playing a card game.

9. Keep the party going! Don’t prematurely clean up. Let guests linger for one more drink or an extra slice of cake. 

champagne being poured into a glass with a hand holding it against a green backdrop.