Throw a Super Simple New Year’s Eve Party….

28 Dec

Ring in the new year with your family and friends! If you want to throw a New Year’s Party….. here are some simple tips for a great night!

Games:  I don’t mean charades or monopoly. Plan games that will be easy and fun to get to know everyone a bit better…it will also help entertain people while waiting for midnight! Make cards that have different statements and fill in the blanks on them. 

The bad habit I want to kick this year is ―――.
The good deed I want to do this year is ―――.
The person I want to be more like this year is ―――.
The skill I want to master this year is ―――.

Then, read them aloud and everyone must guess who wrote it!

Snacks: There is no need to spend a ton of time cooking! Pick up some pre-made sushi rolls, an onion dip or a cranberry cheese log. Go to your favorite specialty grocer and get something from their deli. Once you put it on your beautiful tray, you can claim you made it.  If you are asking your guest to arrive before 8pm, a meal should be served.

Drinks: Make sure you have plenty of Champagne! For a refreshing alternative, try wine spritzers or nonalcoholic Twelve, a fizzy blend of fruit and herbal tea ( Just make sure all of your guests have a safe way to get home at the end of the night.

Dessert: What is more fun than a Chocolate Bar Fondue with fruit and pound cake for dipping?

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.

Music: Make sure you have a mix ready to play for the night! Here is one I found on RealSimple.

  • “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 5Sample and purchase these New Year’s Eve songs, head to the Real Simple-generated iMix on

Decorate! Keep it simple by using party favors as décor. Stacked top hats, wazoos and confetti in glass bowls! If you want something more, try grouping numerous clocks together for a classic centerpiece! You can also add instant fun with silver and white balloons floating on the ceiling with long swirly ribbons! Whatever you do, make sure you have a television setup where your guest can watch the countdown at midnight!


Want to plan a New Year’s Eve Wedding! Read my post on that!


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