Pop. Fizz. Clink. The countdown to your New Year’s Eve bash is on. This year, resolve to be party-ready well ahead of time and host your best party yet with these New Year’s Eve party planning tips and essentials.
- Spread the word.
Sure, a generic email is quick – but a paper invitation adds a touch of class that sets the scene for your festivities.
- Set a later start time.
Make it an after-dinner affair and skip the cooking. Just serve light bites like cheeses, desserts and hors d’oeuvres.
- Opt for disposable plates.
This is one time you don’t want to go paperless. Who wants to spend the first day of the New Year doing dishes?
- Give out favors.
Send guests home with a small token of your appreciation and a fun memory to ring in 2016. Give them out about 30 minutes before the ball drops.
- Set a dessert bar.
It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it can serve as the focal point for your fiesta. Choose a few different flavors to appeal to every guest’s sweet tooth.
- Stock a Self-Serve Bar
Unless you’re a Kardashian, you probably won’t have a bartender on hand mixing up specialty cocktails. Make sure you set the bar up for self-service. Budget for two pounds of ice per person and plan on 3-4 drinks per guest—though you know your fellow partiers best.
- Don’t forget the wine charms.
Nothing is more annoying than having to hear the words “Is that my wine?” over and over again. Keep wine charms near the wine station and post a little sign encouraging guests to use them.
- Dress for style and comfort.
T-shirt dresses are the ultimate in style and comfort. As hostess, you’ll be on your feet nonstop, refilling snacks and greeting guests. Throw on a little black T-shirt dress and glam it up with sparkly accessories and flats.
- Keep cleanup simple.
Make sure your dishwasher is empty before guests arrive and set coasters strategically throughout the house to avoid the dreaded ring.
- Raise a glass …
In your very own personalized champagne glasses. Cheers!
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