Most of us are deep into the final Christmas prep. You might have your decorations up, and the more organised amongst us have already finished their Christmas shopping. It’s a stressful time of the year with lots to prepare and do, and it seems to come rushing towards us like a jet plane. But, no sooner than it’s out of the way, our thoughts turn to New Year’s Eve.
For many, New Year’s Eve is one of the few opportunities that we have to let our hair down and enjoy a party. If you have children, it can be hard to find time to get out, and so many choose to throw a party at home instead of trying desperately to find a babysitter, or somewhere the kids are welcome. Even if you are childless, you might still prefer the idea of inviting close friends and family to your home, where you can relax together without having to worry about expensive tickets, drinks, and taxis.
A party at home can be the ideal solution, and a great way to get all of the people that you love together for one of the most important nights of the year.
Take Time with Your Guest List
Think about who you want to invite. It can be tempting to issue an open invitation, but this will just mean more work. The more people that you invite, the more work you’ll have to do, the more money you’ll have to spend and the bigger the cleanup operation on New Year’s Day. Think about what kind of party you want. Would you prefer a small gathering with close friends or a banging party? If you’re going to keep things small, try only to invite people that you’d happily have over for dinner the rest of the year.
Think About The Food
When we host a party at home, food is often one of our most significant considerations. What you serve will depend on the guest list, the number of people that you are inviting, and what kind of party you would like. For a small gathering, you might want to enjoy a sit-down meal or even order a takeaway.
If you are having a larger gathering, a buffet might be your first choice. But you could think outside the box with a BBQ to save room in the house. Read some pellet grill reviews & recipes, consider adding outdoor heating for the night, and open your home up by moving the food to the garden.
Ask for Help
You certainly don’t have to do everything yourself just because you are hosting. Ask your partner or whoever you live with to help as much as possible. But also ask guests to help. Ask them to bring food or drink, or to come and help you to get set up. You might even want to hire a cleaner or caterer to reduce your stress. It could still be cheaper than a New Year’s Eve out in town.
Keep it Simple
New Year’s Eve is, for many people, a tremendous anti-climax. It’s built up as the biggest night of the year, and it rarely delivers. So, don’t try. Keep it simple, think of it as you would any other party and try not to put pressure on yourself.
Go Crazy with the Decor
One area that you can make an impression without having to try too hard is your decor. You might still have your Christmas decorations and tree up, so add some extra sparkle, balloons, and other New Year decorations for the perfect fun party.
Make Plans for Kids
If you have children, or other children are attending your party, think about what they will do. They are unlikely to sit quietly upstairs, and it’s not fair to ask them too. Let them enjoy the party, making sure there’s plenty for them to do and eat and that they will be safe.
Consider a Theme
If you want to get everyone involved and break the ice, consider having a theme. You might want to use a popular decade, or a specific event from the last 12 months.
Provide Some Activities
Consider some party games or entertainment to keep everyone interested, especially before food, when everyone is sober and feeling a little out of place.
Make Early Introductions
It’s your party, which means you are what your guests have in common. Some of them might not know each other that well, or at all. Leave them to it, and this can lead to an awkward atmosphere. Get stuck in with early introductions and conversation will flow more freely from the get-go.