The lyrics to an oft-played song might be especially relevant to you right now: What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If the answer is still a little foggy, maybe it’s time to take New Year’s Eve into your own hands – and your own home! Throwing a great New Year’s party isn’t as hard as you think, and you can likely still pull it off. Here are a few tips from the nation’s best event planners:
Make Entertainment Casual
If you invite the right people, chances are you won’t need much but each other’s company to keep your guests entertained. Still, it doesn’t hurt to have some entertainment activities on the backburner. Think of some great games that can be played in a large group, or break out the karaoke machine for some hilarity (especially after a few drinks). Some store-bought fireworks can make for a festive way to ring in the New Year.
Create a Photo Opp
These days, nothing goes photographed. So rise to the occasion by creating your own “photo booth” at home! Find an alcove you can bedeck with wallpaper or other decorations and find fun props at the dollar store (2016 glasses, hats, wigs, boas, etc.). For an “official” touch, have a “New Year’s Eve 2016” sign printed as a backdrop.
Don’t Stress the Décor
Chances are, your home is already decorated for the holidays. Most of your décor will still work to make your New Year’s Eve fun and festive. Complement your glitter and greenery with gold and silver paper cups, plates and napkins, and find some fun 2016 glasses or headbands for your guests to wear.
Splurge on Food
If you’re going to splurge on any part of your party, make it the food! This is not only a great way to use up all those leftover Christmas treats (except Aunt Bertha’s fruit cake), but New Year’s Eve is, for many, the last day to indulge before healthy resolutions kick in. Make your food rich and memorable – and don’t be stingy with drinks. Have enough liquors and mixers on hand to make a variety of drinks.
So, what are you doing New Year’s Eve?