How to host a smashing New Year’s party
It’s that the time of the year when friends ponder over where and how they might bring in the New Year. Events at hotels, or even New Year’s special nights at your neighbourhood bar, can get a tad expensive. It’s a known fact that everyone wants to cash in on the biggest night of the year. Besides, although you know you’ll be surrounded by a fun bunch of people at such parties,they could get a bit impersonal. This year, why not plan a fabulous party for your friends in your apartment or, even better, on your building terrace? After all, aren’t house parties just the best? But, if just the thought of throwing a party in your home sounds overwhelming, we’ll have you know that it really isn’t. Here are some easy and doable ways to give your guests a memorable New Year’s party.
Spread the good word
Since you’vetaken this seemingly mammoth task upon yourself, now’s the time to send out your New Year’s party invites to all the people you truly want to bring in 2018 with. It’s best to let your friends know about your party well in advance, so make that Facebook event page at the earliest. It’s a cheap and easy way to spread the word. But don’t forget to mark it as a private event; you don’t want unwelcomed guest to spoilt the intimacy of your party. Add a creative touch by designing your own paperless invite by putting those Photoshop skills to use or by roping in a skilled friend.
Party tip: Be sure to ask your friends to RSVP so that you can make the necessary arrangements when it comes to food and drinks.
Make your home party-friendly
Whatever be the size of your home, it’s important to let your guests to move around freely. A good way to achieve this is by setting up your food and drink stations in different areas from the main party zone. Not only will it encourage your guests to mingle, but it will also ensure that there aren’t too many people in a single room at the same time. You can bring in some festive cheer with simple decorations — paper buntings on strategic walls; candles on the food table; and fairy lights by the window. Keep party hats, whistles and confetti poppers (only if you’re willing to clean up the mess!) at hand to ring in the New Year.
Party tip: A simple photo booth setup with fun props and a Polaroid camera will ensure that your guests leave the party with memories that last a lifetime.
Give your guests something that’s music to their ears
We all know how music can either make or break a party. Now, things could get confusing because your guests are bound to have different tastes. A few of them might love electronica while some might fancy a good dose of rock and roll. Still others might expect you to keep those pop hits flowing. The first thing to remember is that you need to have a lot of music at hand, so making a playlist for the night will help in this regard. Next, strike a balance and fill up your playlist with music that will help your guests have a jolly good time. A thoughtfully curated playlist might include various genres like retro hits, up-tempo rock and roll classics, and even a hint of electronic music, all of which will ensure everyone dances like there’s no tomorrow.
Party tip: Ask your guests to send in the name of their favourite party song well in advance.
Keep your guests well hydrated
Again, you’ll need to remember that each guest has different tastes and beverage preferences. If you have a long guestlist, you could go the BYOB route. But if it’s an intimate party, be sure to stock up on all sorts of liquors like vodka, scotch, rum, beer and wine. If there’s ever such a thing as the best night to sip on some champagne, let it be New Year’s Eve. Be sure to stock a bottle or more of bubbly to pop open when the clock strikes 12. Hiring a bartender is perhaps the best way to take care of your guests’ drinks without the need for you, the host, to run around taking care of refills. You can also be sure that the bartending company will bring in the right barware and clean up the drink station at the end of the party.
Party tip: Remind your guests that cab services are just a click away to avoid the chance of people getting behind the wheel in an inebriated state.
Give your guests food for thought
If a well-stocked bar is one of the most important elements of a successful party, the food station isn't far behind. Those who love to cook might seize this opportunity to whip up a culinary storm. But if you’re suffering from post-Christmas exhaustion, you could keep things simple by serving store-bought finger foods like nachos and salsa, chip and dip, and a cheese platter. Order in a main from your favourite restaurant; biryani is always a party hit. Better still, would be to take things up a notch and let a gourmet catering company handle things on this front.
Party tip: Avoid breakages and save yourself the trouble of cleaning up the morning after by using paper cutlery.
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