How to Prepare for a New Year Party

My wife and I usually celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving, but we leave new year up to someone else. That is not to say that we don’t help out or help buy discount party supplies for the host, but we usually let someone else lead the party. Having two big family holidays a year is tough enough, much less to have another giant party within a couple of days of your last big party. I love the holidays, but they do begin to wear on you very quickly.

There are a few things that I think make a really good New Year party; and I will go deeper into these in a moment, but here is the list: friends and family (without these there is no party), Hors D’Oeuvres, drinks (not necessarily alcoholic), and last but certainly not the least, discount party supplies such as balloons and confetti.

There is no party without people. Get your guest list together and reel in the RSVPs so you can get your party planning started this year. There are so many decisions that will need to be made once you figure out who is coming to your celebration, but you can start getting some of the decorations together before hand since you know you will need quite a few for your party either way.

Hors D’Oeuvres was next on the list because I don’t think a party can be too successful unless there is food. Food is a major part of any celebration, and it truly brings people together. Notice I say “food” rather than “meal.” A meal is good for a dinner party, but for a mingling, fun time, people need to have something that can be picked up with a toothpick and will not make their mouth so full that they are out of the conversation for too long. A common mistake in making party food is to make the food larger than bite size. If your guests are walking around, they don’t want something that they will have to continue biting into. Instead, they will want to be able to simply pick up the toothpick and slide the food right into their mouths with ease with the ability to quickly jump back into the conversation. Meals have a time in place, but for mingling, finger food is the answer.

I follow that with drinks, though I guess that would be rather obvious. Depending on the group with which you are dealing, you may want to avoid the booze. I know, I know, “But what is New Year’s Eve without a loss of inhibition to gently bring in the new year?” To that I say, you can certainly incorporate alcoholic beverages into your party, but you will want to be careful that you don’t allow things to get out of control. If your guests can handle it, go for it, but if they lose control, you will not want to have that concern on your hands on the first day of a new year.

Once all of the bonding materials are added, you can start to make the place look fun. Add some fun party supplies to the celebration to make everything look extra festive for the arrival of the new year. You don’t necessarily have to go overboard. You can save money and just get some confetti, balloons, and streamers to help make the place look a little more fun.

New Year is coming up quickly, start getting ready for your party this year with all of the food, decorations, drinks, and people that you need to make your party great this year.