New Year’s Eve Hosting and Entertainment
There are so many ways to guarantee a good night before your guests even enter your home. From the invitation, to the decoration of the entrance when they arrive, it all adds to the experience. Of course, you don't have to go overboard with your setup, but a few simple details will make all the difference.
1. NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY THEMES
Will you be going for a theme focusing on the highlights of the previous year? Maybe a black and white ball for an elegant edge, or simply just going for a festive feeling? Whatever you choose to do, it’s important to make sure that the theme resonates across your entire party from the invitation, to the dressing of your home, and definitely the food. t only happens once a year, better make it brilliant! And why not include New Year’s Eve party decorations that guests can use throughout the evening – wearables, party poppers, crackers, confetti and sparklers will keep the fun going at the table all night.
2. DESIGNING A FESTIVE INVITATION
Next, the invitation. Make sure it reflects the kind of party you’ll be having. Is it a casual event? If yes, a simple text or email will suffice. And if you’re going a little more advanced, why not design a quick invitation for the event? But when it comes to this element, perhaps less is more. Find the key ideas of the theme and party and stick to those as the visual cues. From there, alongside the time, date and personal invite, you’re ready to get started on ideas for dressing your home.
3. GET THE PARTY STARTED WITH AMBIENCE AND MUSIC
For occasions such as these, it’s key to get the tone right. Depending on the kind of New Year’s party you decide to have, you can quiet it down or go big, depending on your mood. The one thing that’s very important is to make sure the ambience is perfect for the guests to feel comfortable, open and ready to enjoy jumping into the New Year together.
Always ensure there are enough chairs and standing space for conversations, and make sure the music selection and volume is right for the time of night. One of our favorite tricks is to have a pre-dinner playlist to get the mood started. Then later on you can switch to the after-midnight New Year’s playlist of new and old classics to start the new year with a bang. If you want to make sure your guests are ready to hit the dance floor, invite them to have a playlist ready and then take turns, or simply make a joint playlist and have everyone add their all-time favorite party music to keep the dance floor filled all night long.
4. BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH PARTY GAMES
Games are great for bringing people together and introducing new guests to old friends. Try some playful celebrity trivia from the year gone by to find out which of the guests have been keeping up with current events. Or, should there be a more active collection of friends and loved ones together, charades never fails to add some ice-breaking silliness to the table.
5. EASY AND DELICIOUS NEW YEAR'S SNACKS AND APPETIZERS
On a night of popped bottles and all-night partying, it’s very important to make sure that your guests have some tasty snacks to nibble on from the moment they arrive. But don’t forget to have some delicious snacks ready after midnight when the dance floor is open. Get inspiration from our collection of snacks and finger foods that are delicious, easy to prepare and guaranteed to keep your attendees in high spirits. From Double Crème White crackers, salmon crostini with Aged Havarti to sharp Double Crème Blue cheese canapés, your snacks are sorted. See our selection HERE