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.
2). Start a conversation. Having a few topics on hand will keep everyone chatting and laughing. Here are a few foolproof ideas:
3). Get yourself excited. Put on your favorite song and wear a fancy outfit (hello, sequins)! If the host is having fun, the guests will follow suit.
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.
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.
8). Pull out a game (or three). Dominoes, charades, and card games are our go-to’s for keeping everyone chatting, laughing, and sipping.
9). Keep the party going! Don’t prematurely clean up. Let guests linger for one more drink or an extra slice of cake.