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New Year's Eve Party Ideas

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.

Popular New Year's Eve Party Themes

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Silent Disco Speakeasy

You’ve been to plenty of roof-raising parties, so try something your guests never saw coming— a silent disco speakeasy. Guests wear headphones, tuned into radio stations where live DJs are spinning their beats.

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Modern Disco

Glittering disco balls were made for New Year’s eve. It’s totally possible to have a chic disco party, just skip the the dated ‘70s accents. You’ll need a bold color scheme, metallics, a DJ and fun party food. Keep the champagne flowing and you’re set.

James Bond

Go opulent, but tasteful, with a 007 theme. A cocktail bar is a must, hire an escape artist for entertainment and when it comes to appetizers, think indulgent, like caviar and oysters. The dress code? Black tie, swanky attire totally required.


Bring the mystery and throw a masquerade. This party is ideal in a large ballroom, decked out in a sultry color palette, like jewel tones, black and metallics. For drinks, consider coming up with a signature cocktail for the evening.

New York

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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