New Year's Eve will be here before you know it. This means now is the time to start planning your own NYE party to ring in the new year with friends and family.
Whether it's your first time hosting a countdown party or you throw some sort of shindig every year, planning one that's fun and memorable for your guests — and stress-free for the host — can sometimes be a challenge. That's why we're bringing you a few simple tips to master your next New Year's Eve party. Keep reading to learn more!
Pick a Theme
Whether your New Year's Eve party is set to be the biggest night of the year or a small gathering of family and friends, picking a theme can help take it to the next level. Your theme could be lavish and over the top, like a Great Gatsby or Old Hollywood theme. Or, it could be as simple as a "silver and gold" affair. Either way, setting a theme is a great choice.
Plus, your theme will help your guests choose their outfits. It also allows you to easily choose décor that's cohesive and polished. You can even use your theme to inspire your food and cocktails for the evening.
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Set a Dress Code
Speaking of choosing outfits, make sure to set a dress code for your guests. This will help them — and you — avoid the awkwardness of deciding how much or how little to dress up. After all, no one wants to be the guest that's dressed to the nines at a casual affair or vice versa.
Additionally, don't be afraid to set a fancy dress code for a small party. This is a great chance to get glammed up for photos and ring in the new year on the right foot, with plenty of Instagram-worthy shots to show for it! Keep in mind that your guests might be forgoing an evening out on the town to attend your party and may appreciate the chance to show off their sparkly New Year's outfit.
Don't Skip the Invitations
Regardless of how many guests you're inviting, don't skip the invitations. Traditional paper invites will give your party a special feel right from the start. Not to mention, they're also a great chance to let guests know the dress code, theme, and other information.
As for ideas, know that New Year's photo cards can easily double as a party invite; simply include a picture of you and your spouse or family to celebrate another year together, as well as the information your friends and family will need about your big night in. Afterward, your photo card will become a keepsake that you and your family can look back on year after year!
Create Some Custom Cocktails
Custom, themed cocktails are a fun way to treat your guests to something tasty to toast with. Whether you opt for classic cocktails but give them fun names or come up with your own unique concoctions, this is one tip that's easy to customize but is certain to be a hit with your guests. Alternatively, you can opt for professional bartending services to ensure the seamless execution of your event.
Planning the Perfect New Year's Eve Party
Planning the perfect New Year's Eve party doesn't have to be stressful. From choosing a theme to sending out beautiful photo card invitations, these tips can help you master your party planning and host an evening that you and your guests won't soon forget!