New year, new party. December 31st gives you an opportunity to get your friends together and throw a seriously awesome celebration. This can’t be like any other party—it’s New Year’s Eve, after all, so the festivities are going to go on late into the night. This means you need to have enough food, festivities and entertainment to keep the good times rolling.
It's a free-for-all when it comes to a New Year’s Eve party theme. Going elegant and sophisticated is a classic option, think: black tie, a pianist or string quartet, canapés and glittery décor. Want to keep it more laid-back? Totally possible. Hire a DJ and throw a giant dance party, instead. Whether you go fancy or casual, you’re going to need a few essentials: champagne (of course), a variety of appetizers and snacks throughout the evening—a sit-down dinner isn’t always enough fuel to keep your guests going all night long—and some form of confetti. Is it really New Year’s without it?
When it comes to party entertainment, music and dancing are obvious, but you could also hire performers, arrange party games (rent some casino or arcade-style video games), or set up a photo booth, complete with props. Hire a bartender or create a cocktail bar, so you aren’t refilling your guests’ drinks all night long. For a celebratory drink, try serving champagne floats. Bonus: They’ll double as dessert! To take your party to the complete next-level, serve breakfast after midnight—or if you’re ambitious enough, carry your party through the night and set up a breakfast buffet the next morning. Whatever your vision, these popular New Year’s Eve party themes will get you in full-on party planning mode.
If you can’t be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, bring it to you with a New York-themed party. Hire a human statue to dress as the Statue of Liberty—your guests will love this photo opp—and serve iconic NYC foods.
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