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There’s no better way to kick off the New Year than with a great party! But how do you organise one? It might seem a bit daunting at first, there’s plenty to plan and buy so you put on a great event. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting a huge New Year’s Eve party at a formal venue, or a casual get together in your home, or if you’ve got thousands to spend or a really small budget, there are some essential steps you need to take to keep the process stress-free.
- Set a Strict Budget
- Sort out your Guest List
- Choose the Best Time
- Organise the Venue
- Pick a Great Theme
- Think About the Food Menu
- Get Some Drinks
- Decorate your Venue
- Get the Essential Supplies
- Set a Dress Code
- Organise the Entertainment
- Plan Some Games
- Sort out the Party Music
- Send the Invitations
Set a Strict Budget
Sort Out the Guest List
Choose the Best Time
Organise the Venue
Tips for Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party at Home
- Get rid of any clutter to maximise your space.
- Re-arrange the furniture to the edge of the room to create more space.
- Throw down some blankets and pillows if you don’t have enough chairs for everyone.
- Make sure you have plenty of bins to help make the cleaning up process much faster.
- Stagger the arrival time so that there isn’t a massive influx of people at one time which can be a bit chaotic!
Tips for Choosing a New Year’s Eve Party Venue
If you’re hiring a venue, there’s some things you need to consider to make sure you pick the best one. There are plenty of options that might be suitable, including restaurants, function rooms, bars and clubs. So here are some things to think about to help you decide.
- The size and ultimately, the cost of the venue will depend on how many guests you’re inviting. So consider this first and foremost.
- Try and choose a central location that’s convenient for most guests to get to without paying a fortune for transport.
- Consider if the venue includes a catering service.
- Make sure you check the alcohol license of the venue to see if they can serve drinks when you’re planning on hosting the party.
- Some venues offer extras like a bar, decorations or entertainment, so consider the whole package to make sure you get the best deal.
- Make sure you keep your budget in mind and don’t get carried away!
Pick a Great Theme
Think about the Food Menu
- Hire a buffet style caterer
- Go for sophisticated canapes
- Host a sit down meal
- Make your own party food
- Use a supermarket buffet food service
- Get everyone to pitch in
Get Some Drinks
Blueberry and Ginger Fizz (non-alcoholic)
Ingredients per Serving:
- Ginger beer 250ml
- Small handful of Blueberries
- 50ml Sugar Syrup
- Juice of 1/2 Lime
Ingredients oer Serving:
- 50ml White Rum
- Soda Water
- 25ml Sugar Syrup
- 2 Lime Wedges
- 5 Mint Leaves
Muddle the lime wedges, mint leaves and sugar syrup. Add the white rum and fill the glass with crushed ice. Top with soda and garnish with mint leaves and a lime wedge.
Mad Dog Shot
What you’ll need:
- 1 oz (30ml) Vodka
- 3/4 oz (22.5 ml) Raspberry syrup
- A few dashes of hot sauce
Add the raspberry syrup to the shot glass first. Layer the vodka on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Add a few dashes of hot sauce on the top.
Decorate the Venue
Now it’s time to start thinking about the decorations. You can either make your own, or hop online and purchase some great value decorations from a party supply store.
- Create a photo opportunity with some New Year’ Eve birthday balloons in front of a wall decorated with banners.
- Decorate some empty spirit bottles with some fairy lights and glitter.
- Add a balloon garland to the entrance of your venue.
- Pin photos from the past year on a board or around the venue on the walls.
- Personalised banners and paper fans are great budget decoration ideas.
Get the Essential Supplies
You’ll also need some party supplies if you’re hosting your Mexican fiesta theme party at home. Here’s a checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything important!
- Table cloth
- Shot glasses
- Wine glasses
Set a Dress Code
Play Some Games
There are plenty of games you can play at a New Year’s Eve party to keep your guests entertained! Here are some of our favourite party game ideas!
The classic frat party drinking game with a twist! It’s everyone’s favourite and is great for all group sizes. This drinking game is great for teams, after all, everyone loves a bit of friendly competition. Especially after a few drinks!
What you’ll need:
- 10 pint sized plastic cups filled with your drink of choice
- A large table at least a few meters long preferably
- Ping pong ball
- Two teams
- Arrange your 5 cups each in a pyramid shape at each end of the table
- Try and throw the ping pong ball into the other teams cups
- If it lands in a cup, the other team has to drink that cup and then remove it from the table
- You can either bounce the ball into the cups, or try and throw it straight in. But if you miss and it goes too far, and the other team catches it, you have to drink one of your own cups.
- The team that drinks the least cups wins!
Drinking games don’t just have to be for nights out! Picolo is the perfect dinner party drinking game for small groups and it’s really easy to set up. It’s great because it takes all the thinking out of drinking games, you can just let the app do the work. And it’s a good one to play either at home or in a bar as you don’t need anything other than your phone!
What You’ll Need:
- Just your drinks and a phone!
How to Play
- Download the Picolo app
- Choose a free version or upgrade to the premium version
- Enter each players name, bonus points for creative nicknames!
- Then just answer the questions and follow the instructions
Drunk Pass the Parcel
The grown-up version of pass the parcel is great for large groups. It’s exactly the same as the kid’s party version, but each layer of wrapping paper has a truth or dare task that the player has to do. You can be as harsh as you’d like with the truths and dares, but it’s best to start with nice and easy ones! If the player decides they don’t want to do the truth or dare, you can have a forfeit of downing your drink. You can choose any prize for your pass the parcel drinking game.
What You’ll Need:
- A small prize
- Wrapping paper
- Some music
How to Play:
- First you’ll need to wrap the prize in a layer of wrapping paper. Wrap the present again but underneath the layer, have a truth or dare written on a small piece of paper. Repeat this so there are around 6-10 layers.
- Get all the players in a circle and pass the parcel around until the DJ stops the music.
- Whichever player the music stops on, must unwrap a layer and do the truth or dare written on the paper.
- Keep going until someone unwraps the prize!
Sort out the Party Music
Karaoke parties are the ultimate way for guests to get involved and have fun with the party entertainment. Karaoke machines are really easy to set up at home, you just need some basic equipment. Head over to our list of the top 20 karaoke machines which includes the best party karaoke machine options. It’s great for any age group and can be set up at home or in a hired venue. Take a look at our Karaoke Party Guide for some advice, tips and ideas.
DIY party music
Apple Music is the perfect way to create a party playlist. It’s intelligent recommendation feature makes it really quick to add songs to create the perfect track list and it’s cross fade feature makes seamless song transitions. It’s only $9.99/ £9.99 per month and you can get a free 3 month trial to check it out. And don’t worry, you can use it on Android devices too! Join over 50 million subscribers and sign up for your 3 month free trial today!
Send the Invitations
So now you’ve got all the essentials sorted, you’re in a position to start sending your party invitations. But there are a few options to consider when deciding what format to send your invites.
Our favourite way of creating professional looking invitations easily is to use Canva. It’s a website that allows you to create a range of graphic design media using a range of ready-made templates. They look great, are really easy to create and you can print out as many as you need.
If you want an easy and quick way of sending your invitations, make a Facebook event. It’ll allow you to add everyone in one go, and keeps a track of everyone’s response so you know exactly who’s coming.
Whichever option you choose, there’s a few things that need including on your invitations.
- Date and time
- Party Theme
- RSVP instruction
- Dress code
- Plus one policy
Don’t forget to take a look at our party planning timeline to make sure you’ve got everything covered. It’ll tell you everything you need to do at each stage of the party planning process so you can create an amazing event without any stress or worry about forgetting anything! It even includes a free printable party planning checklist to make sure you stay on track.