How to Host the Perfect New Year’s Eve Celebration
New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. If you’d like to celebrate with your loved ones, you could simply invite them over to watch the ball drop on TV – but where’s the fun in that? Nothing beats a well-planned New Year’s celebration, and while party-planning isn’t rocket science, there are a few things you can do to make the night a sure winner. Head into the new year with your best foot forward with these tips for hosting the perfect New Year’s celebration.
Set the Plan in Motion
The hardest part about hosting a celebration isn’t the actual celebration, it’s all the planning ahead of time. You could attempt to swing it and just play it by ear, but don’t be too disappointed when your party doesn’t end up going the way you want it to. You’ll have to ask yourself a few questions: Do I want to host the celebration at my home or out somewhere else? Who should I invite? Do those people already have plans? Do I need to move things around in my home to make it more comfortable for my guests? Once you have a better idea of what kind of celebration you’d like to have, be sure to send out invitations to your potential guests as soon as possible!
Keep Your Guests Full and Happy
Should you be responsible for cooking a full meal for everyone who shows up to your event? Of course not. But a snacking guest is a happy guest, so stock up on little munchies that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. You can’t go wrong with simple snacks like pretzels and chips, but if you really want to impress, consider putting in a little more work with something like a tray of mixed cheeses or homemade dip. When it comes to drinks, you may want to provide some for your guests, but you shouldn’t be expected to provide all of the night’s libations. Perhaps you could encourage your guests to chip in and bring some snacks and drinks to contribute to the party.
Get Some Music Going
What’s a celebration without some music? Your New Year’s celebration is going to need some tunes to serve as the backdrop to your guests’ night, but as we all know, picking music for a party isn’t the easiest thing to do. Not only do you have to find good music that’s just right for the occasion, but you also have to choose music that fits your guests’ interests. Rather than spend all day fretting over which songs to include, let someone else do the heavy lifting for you. There are already tons of suggest playlists out there on the Internet, and if you subscribe to a music-streaming service, there are sure to be plenty of tailor-made New Year’s playlists depending on the type of celebration you want to have. Whatever you choose, just make sure you don’t blare the music too loudly!
Have Some Activities Planned
More likely than not, your party will mostly consist of your guests mingling and conversing. For most, that’s good enough for a fun night, but there’s surely no harm in having some activities planned just in case you want to kick things up a notch. Of course, not everyone is going to be into games, so consider having some optional activities lined up on one side of the room. For instance, you could have a makeshift photo booth set up in the corner, or you could fill up a jar with objects and have your guests submit their guesses throughout the night. Naturally, the closer you get to midnight, the less you’ll need to rely on a game!