Going out on New Year’s Eve is often a disappointment – braving the cold, fighting through crowds, paying over-the-odds for taxis. This year, why not skip all of this and throw a party in the comfort of your own home? Here’s all the party preparation you need to consider when throwing a New Year’s Eve party in your home.
Set the Scene
Once you’ve got your guest list planned, you should look atyour party decor. Save money by reusing your Christmas decorations - fairy lights and sparkly decorations are perfect for a party. Buy cheap party hats, party poppers, balloons, party horns and other disposable decorations to make your house party-ready.
If you want to set the atmosphere when the party is in full swing, then you should invest in some party lights, like this one from Barrier Components. It’s remote-controlled and you can change modes and adjust speeds to get everyone up and dancing. It’s perfect for any gathering in your home, not justat New Year’s Eve.
Pick the Entertainment
Compose a party playlist to set the tone and fill and conversational lulls – just entering “New Year” into the search function on Spotify will give you hours of New Year-themed songs and ready-made playlists for your party.
Don’t forget to make a plan for when the clock strikes midnight. Are you going to put on the TV for their countdown or have your own? Whatever you decide, make sure you’ve got “Auld Lang Syne” ready for the first singalong of 2017.
If you’re not quite at the Taylor Swift stage of bringing a professional photographer to your gatherings, consider hiring a photo booth with props. They’re a fun gimmick and will geteveryone into the party spirit.
Food and Drink
Depending on what time you have invited your guests over, they’re likely to have already eaten before they arrive. Avoid planning a formal sit-down meal and instead, opt for party food and nibbles. This means that people can mingle and chat rather than being confined to the dinner table. Just make sure you use paper plates – it’ll save you from a ton of washing up the next morning.
It’s a good idea to buy bottles of champagne or prosecco for you to toast the new year with your guests, but there’s nothing wrong with asking them to bring their own booze to supplement what you’ve provided. That way, there will besomething there that they enjoy drinking.
Bring in the New Year in style – follow our guide if you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the comfort of your home and throw a party that you’ll remember for years to come.