Throw a Kickin’ New Years Eve Party

28 Dec

With the long and often stressful process of shopping, spending, and planning for Christmas, it’s easy to forget that the New Year is lurking right around the corner. With all of our focus on Christmas, who has time to plan an elaborate New Year’s celebration? Even if some of us only start thinking about New Year’s Eve once Christmas has finally passed us by, it’s not too late to plan a small, pleasant gathering. Hosting a cozy New Year’s gathering at your home can be a great way to relax and catch up with friends who you missed at Christmas. With a little ingenuity and help from your guests, you can plan a memorable New Year’s Eve in no time!

Invite a few close friends to ring in the New Year with an easy, intimate party at home!


Pick a theme and stick to it! Black & silver is a popular color theme that would be easy to find. Use Black Top hats as serving dishes, with ribbons, confetti and balloons to set the mood. Candlelight sets the ambiance for a relaxed party at home!

Plan Games

  • Make light of New Year’s resolutions by turning them into a guessing game. Give partygoers cards (download the New Year Playing Cards) and have guests finish the sentences with hopeful wishes―or tongue-in-cheek witticisms. Gather the cards, read them aloud randomly, then let the gang try to figure out who wrote what.
  • Print cards with these fill-in-the-blanks: “The bad habit I want to kick this year is ―――.” “The good deed I want to do this year is ―――.”
  • Have board games and a deck of cards on hand.

Pick Up the Provisions

  • Snacks: Let guests nibble on hearty little bites, as well as tidbits from gourmet markets, such as Bella Cucina Artichoke Lemon Pesto, Food Should Taste Good Olive Tortilla Chips, Sahale Soledad Almonds, and Tillen Farms Pickled Crispy Carrots.
  • Drinks: For a refreshing alternative to Champagne, try Prosecco or nonalcoholic Twelve, a fizzy blend of fruit and herbal tea (
  • Dessert: Chocolate Bar Fondue with fruit and pound cake for dipping, in a fondue pot.
  • Favors: Give guests parting gifts of good fortune. Pack up black-eyed peas (which bring good luck, according to southern tradition) in a box or cellophane bag and a recipe.

Prepare Food

No need for an elaborate menu. Since New Years Eve parties start later… dinner is not necessary. It is nice to serve up some hearty appetizer bites for a relaxed but festive celebration:

Play Music

Celebrate the New Year with these 10 songs:

  • “Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
  • “Golden Years,” David Bowie
  • “It Had to Be You,” Harry Connick Jr.
  • “Mas Que Nada,” Sergio Mendes, featuring the Black Eyed Peas
  • “Night Time Is the Right Time,” Ray Charles
  • “Put Your Records On,” Corinne Bailey Rae
  • “Rock Steady,” Aretha Franklin
  • “Save the Last Dance for Me,” Michael Buble
  • “The Best Is Yet to Come,” Tony Bennett
  • “Twiggy Twiggy,” Pizzicato 5

Be Safe

As a host you want to be considerate of your guests’ needs. You also have a certain responsibility for your guests. Most New Year’s Eve parties include the consumption of alcohol and staying up late. Neither of these factors mixes well with driving. Make sure that your guests have made plans to get home safe, or offer up a place to stay.


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