Christmas is but a few days away and that means that it’s time to start thinking about how to bring the new year in! Spending New Years Eve in a crowded bar, waiting an hour to get an overpriced drink and sticking to the floor, and then paying an absolute arm and leg to get home in a taxi is my idea of hell, so for us, it’s all about spending it at home with our nearest and dearest. Here are a few tips for planning the ultimate New Years Eve Party at home!
- Keep it Small
Remember, it’s your home. Unless you live in a mansion, it is unlikely to be big enough to invite your entire Facebook friends list. The more people you invite, the more it’s going to cost you. More people also make it harder for you to mingle and talk to your guests. No – keep it simple and to you relatives, close friends and your neighbours.
2. Food and Drink
The most important thing is to make sure you have enough food and drink for your guests. There needs to be enough food to soak up the booze, otherwise you’re going to have people passed out in the bathroom before midnight, and there is absolutely nothing worse than the drinsk supply running out. Keep the food simple – tock up on plenty of nibbly bits, or put your slow cooker to use – a big pot of homemade curry or chilli is a good one and can help keep it on the cheaper side. Alternatively, ask your guests to bring a plate of food with them. make it clear on the invites whether you are suppling the drinks or whether your guests need to bring their own.
3. Create an atmosphere
There’s nothing worse than going to a party lacking in atmopshere and the party vibe. You’ll already have your Christmas decorations up to make it look pretty, but throw up a few more sets of cheap fairy lights and dot candles and tealights in glass jars around to create a soft glow – everything and everyone looks great by candlelight.
Music can make or break a party. When you’re throwing a party in your home, it’s all too easy to stick to listening to music in your normal comfort zone and forgetting that sometimes, it’s not always the most appropriate. A professional DJ from somewhere like Headliner will be able to ‘read’ your guests and know exactly what to play to make your New Years Eve party go with a swing.
A drink will get spilt. Someone won’t turn up. Someone will fall asleep before midnight. It’s all part of the fun though. The best way to enjoy your New Years Eve party is to relax and go with the flow.
What are your top tips for throwing the ultimate New Years Eve party?