from the archives: tips for hosting new years parties

[ 0 ] December 29, 2011 |

Sometimes we like to take a look back at the many posts hidden away in our fabulous blog archives. We often come across posts that made us laugh, posts with awesome tips, even posts that got you talking! So, we’re re-sharing those fabulous posts with you in our “from the archives” series! We hope you enjoy them…again! ;)

You want to throw the best New Year’s bash on the block, but it takes more than just a few hats and a countdown. We’ve thrown together a few New Year’s Eve party ideas that will help your shindig not only rock, but go smoothly and safely, too!


Before you even think of setting up that Facebook event, decide what feel you want the party to have. New Years party themes can be anything from classy dinners to luaus and everything in between. Once you decide, pick out decor to set the mood, and I mean go beyond matching napkins. Check out full-size cardboard cut-outs, disco balls and, of course, noise makers and embarrassing hats. Why not turn your home into Times Square? This celebration scene is sure to set the tone.

Guest List

This one can get a bit confusing. First, decide whether you want a small gathering with close friends and loved ones (easy) or everyone you’ve ever known (a bit trickier). Keeping it limited means less opportunity for finding red wine stains on the carpet and your favorite lamp broken in the morning.

But whatever you do, don’t publicly post it on a public forum. Everyone loves a good party, and nothing busts up a good vibe quicker than 300 people and the cops. And nothing starts the New Year quite like an eviction notice.


You can’t just open a keg, let ‘er rip and let guests fend for themselves. Why? Because you could be held responsible if anything happens once they leave your home. Plus, they’re your friends – you want them to get home safe. So here are a few tips:

  • Hire a bartender or get a friend to watch drinks & cut people off
  • Keep plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available & stop serving well before the party ends
  • Have cab numbers available & offer the couch or floor
  • TAKE KEYS (don’t give them back, no matter how much they “hate you and your stupid party”)


When it comes to New Years Eve party supplies, food is the most important. If you aren’t having a sit down dinner, have plenty of finger foods like mini quesadillas, sliders and pizza. Always keep your guests in mind, so be aware of any allergies like peanuts or seafood. Oh, and skip the fondue. It can get messy and dangerous: Open Flame + Oil + Wild Party = Yikes!
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Now that you’ve browsed these tips for hosting New Years parties, you’re set to have the best (and safest!) bash this side of 2010. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party? Any ideas or problems you’ve come across?


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