As another holiday season winds down, it’s time to celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of the next.
For those who want to avoid crowds, there’s no better time than now to plan a New Year’s party at home with your closest friends and family. And while just about anyone can piece together a predictable party, why not plan one that will be memorable for years to come?
Ready to get started? Here are five ways to make your New Year’s party unforgettable.
1. Start with a Unique Party Theme
While you can certainly stick with the standard “Happy New Year” theme, if you want to plan a party that will be talked about for years to come, you’ll need to begin with something a little more unique. Whether you choose to go with a champagne theme and feature gold tones with balloons, champagne-colored cupcakes, and, of course, lots of champagne — or perhaps a glitter theme where you encourage your guests to dress in sequins and feature an array of sparkling party décor — your theme will set the stage for your unforgettable night. Whatever you choose, make sure your party theme is one your guests will be able to enjoy.
2. Serve Unforgettable Food and Drinks
Let’s face it — an unforgettable New Year’s party is not the time or place for a simple selection of beer, chips, and dip. While it can’t hurt to have a couple of standard staples on hand, providing an array of unique cocktails and mocktails, as well as party-themed appetizers, will be sure to earn you some extra unforgettable-party brownie points.
3. Put Together the Perfect Music Playlist
You definitely don’t want your guests to putter out before the ball drops at midnight, so start with a more subdued playlist at the beginning of the night and have the beat build up as the excitement of the night builds. Need some inspiration? Search online for the best New Year’s Eve playlists or ask your guests to each give you a few of their favorites and create your playlist from there.
4. Encourage Responsible Drinking
Before the party begins, make sure you know how each of your guests is planning to get home. Verify who’s stepping up to be a designated driver and who’s taking advantage of ridesharing options and set aside some extra blankets and pillows for anyone planning on staying the night. In the end, your friends and family will be grateful that you took the time to make sure everyone had a solid plan to get home safely after an amazing night.
5. Surprise Your Guests with Keepsake Photo Cards
Want to really wow your guests? Then commemorate your special night by surprising them with keepsake New Year’s photo cards after the party wraps up. Take a group picture together during the course of the evening or ask your friends to send you their favorite snapshots from the night. Then, create a keepsake photo card so everyone can remember the celebration and hold onto the memories made for many years to come. As an added bonus, send these cards to friends and family who were unable to attend so they can share the memories with you, too.
Making Memories: Plan an Unforgettable New Year’s Party
If you want to plan an unforgettable New Year’s party, staying away from the typical “Happy New Year” theme, beer, and potato chips will be key. By choosing fun and easy-to-execute theme, your party guests will be excited the minute they walk in the door.
Plus, by incorporating a combination of party-themed food and drinks as well as a music playlist that builds up the excitement throughout the night, your friends and family will head home having started off the New Year truly happy.
The icing on the cake will be surprising each of them with a New Year’s keepsake photo card that will put smiles on their faces every time they look at the pictures and remember what an amazing time they had ringing in the New Year with you.
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