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Throwing A New Year’s Eve Party: Here Are 5 Tips To Get You Started

I’m hosting New Year’s DAY for my family. This is the first time that everyone is coming to my house and I’m actually a little nervous. I think there will be about 30 people all in and I’m keeping very busy getting ready for the big day.

Meanwhile, I just got my house in order after hosting Christmas Eve. Oh my word! This month is knocking us out. Bill and I really don’t throw parties throughout the year – but in December our credit cards start BURNING UP. lol

If you are hosting New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, here are a few tips to make the planning process a bit easier. I’m going through it – so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned:

New Year’s Eve Party Tip #1: Buy NICE Disposable Plates And Utensils

I will never forget the day I learned about these throw away plates that look like real plates. Changed my life forever. It’s like MAGIC.

I used my set of china for the very last time on Christmas Eve and I told my family I’m going to sell the whole thing on Craig’s list. Moving forward, it’s all about these White 9″ Plastic Plates I found on Amazon. They look REAL but they are NOT. Come on! You can’t beat it.

There are even disposable utensils that LOOK REAL – like this Mozaik Combo Cutlery Set. SO EASY! Much better than the picnic alternatives we are used to.

New Year’s Eve Party Tip #2: Wear A Little Sparkle

Even if you are staying in for New Year’s Eve, dress the part. If you want to wear a sparkle dress – go for it! If you want to do a skirt instead – that works too. Maybe sequined ballet flats or nail polish. WHATEVER you feel comfortable with – just do something a little special that differentiates your look from the rest of the year. It’s New Year’s eve after all! 😉

New Year’s Eve Party Tip #3: Buy Some Bubbly – But Don’t Break The Bank

Of course you need some champagne but seriously – it doesn’t have to be an overpriced bottle of the bubbly. Get something that tastes good but is still affordable – like Prosecco. That way when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve, your guests can toast the night away together.

New Year’s Eve Party Tip #4: Make It A PotLuck

You friends and family will not mind if you ask them to chip in with the cooking. Seriously, I’m having a few dozen people and I asked each family to bring something to help me out. It saves me money, time and effort. Why not!? Everyone gets to bring their best dish which is also really nice because you get to taste their favorites – together.

New Year’s Eve Party Tip #5: Have Fun With Favors

I know it’s an adult party – but we are all kids at heart anyway, right? Consider hitting up Party City and getting some supplies like glitter horns and confetti toppers.  When I was younger, we used to each bring a plate to the New Year’s Eve party and at midnight we would go outside and break them. I did that for about 10 years and it was so much FUN. Something to look forward to. I’m not saying for you to start breaking plates in your backyard  – but think of something to do at midnight – and then make it a tradition.

SO, that’s it! My top 5 tips for throwing a New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day Party! Do you have any you’d like to add? I’m listening!! 🙂

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  1. Also, on the subject of New Year’s Eve parties, being a grandmother I decided this year to “host” a slumber New Year’s Eve party for my granddaughters so all of my children could go out. I have bought Sparkling Apple and Grape Juice and “2012 Flutes”; party games, hats and horns and we are making finger sandwiches using our cookie cutters. I also got all of them matching “slumber party PJ’s” from Justice and t-shirts that say 2012 for the next day. The only thing left is to see which ones can actually stay up ……

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