10 Tips to throw a Smart and Stylish New Year's Eve Party

10 Tips to throw a Smart and Stylish New Year's Eve Party

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As the holiday season comes to an end, what better way to bid it adieu than with a big New Year’s Eve bash?

I love starting fresh.  I liken it to walking into a space that is completely blank, providing me with endless possibilities for interior creativity.  Its pretty exciting when you think about it, and when it comes to the new year, I like to happily welcome it in surrounded by my family and friends.  No matter the size or scale of your New Year’s Eve bash, these 10 tips will help make it smart, stylish, and stress free.

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10 Tips for Throwing a Smart and Stylish New Year’s Eve Bash:

1. Set your intention.

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I find that it is so easy to get carried away and stressed out around the holidays.  That can be further exacerbated by hosting a party. So, to avoid anxiety, set an intention for your gathering.  An example would be: Perfection is not important.  Ringing in the New Year with the ones I love is my only goal.

When you keep this intention in the forefront of you mind, it will be much easier to let go of the small aggravations that inevitably arise when throwing a party.  Don’t allow anything to get in the way of you enjoying yourself on this special occasion.

2. Create a thoughtful guest list.

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Write up a guest list that coincides with your intention for the party.

Do you want it to be peaceful and intimate?  Maybe keep the guest list small and only invite people you feel really comfortable around.

Do you want it to be a theme party with costumes?  Invite the people you know who love to dress up and get out of their comfort zone.

Do you want it to be a lively-slightly-unpredictable-talked-about-for-years-partay?  Invite the people that make you laugh the hardest and tell them to bring a guest of their choosing.  This will ensure lots of belly laughs and the making of new friends.  Short cut: Add alcohol. 😉

Do you want it to be a family centered event?  Simply invite your family and call it good.

As far as invitations go, I recommend Paperless Post for last minute, lovely email invites or Minted for artist created and customized traditional invites.

3. Set a budget.

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As we are all keenly aware, the holiday season is a budget buster.  So, to avoid added anxiety around your New Year’s Eve party, set a reasonable budget.  And by reasonable, I mean well thought out within the confines of your monetary ability.  You want to hit a sweet spot where you are able to get the supplies you need without going overboard and going into debt.

Example: Instead of buying expensive champagne and blowing your budget, purchase it in bulk from Costco.

Your guests will probably not remember what kind of champagne you served them or what cut of meat you purchased, but they will most definitely remember how you made them feel.  So focus on the ambience of the party, and don’t stress yourself out purchasing expensive things you don’t need.

Speaking of focusing on the ambience of your party…

4. Create a fabulous party play list.

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Music will set the tone for your bash, so create a playlist that fits the atmosphere you want to achieve.

Want your guests to feel relaxed? Think Michael Buble, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra…

Want your guests to dance?  Google the best dance songs of the last 20 years and place them in a random order…

Want your guests to talk and really get to know one another?  Play some instrumental holiday and classical music… Enya is also a great, easy listening choice…

You get the idea.  Create a playlist that sets the tone you are trying to achieve for your party.

Short cut: iTunes Radio has some fabulous playlists all ready to go.  Simply add them to your iTunes library and plug your phone into your sound dock… instant ambience via music.

5. Create a theme for your decor.

It doesn’t all have to be black and gold.  You can create your own custom theme.  My recommendation would be to choose a couple colors you love and stick to them.

Examples: Black & White, Red & White, Gold & White, Silver & Gold, Navy Blue & Gold… you get the idea.

Who better to give you some additional decor inspiration than Martha Stewart?  Here is an article she created with all kinds of different ideas on how to make your home New Year’s Eve Party ready.

Martha Stewart not your party go-to guru?  No problem.  Check out this fabulous NYE DIY decor from WooHome.  These 32 DIY decor projects are creative and fun and won’t bust your budget.  These decorations would be an especially fun way to get your children involved, as well.

Still not feeling it?  Check out Celebrations.com and Buzzfeed.com for hundreds of New Year’s Eve Party tips and tricks.

6. Set a menu.

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It goes without saying that you need to keep your budget in mind, but this is one of my favorite parts about a party… the FOOD.  There are several approaches you can take here…

One. Do it yourself.  Create and cook recipes that you love and want to share with your family and friends.  This is the most work, but your guests will surely appreciate the time and effort you put into creating food filled with love.

Two. Make a potluck menu and request that guests bring either an appetizer, main course dish, or a dessert.  If you are really organized, you can assign courses to guests more specifically.  Example:  “It would be fabulous if you would bring an appetizer.  Thank you so much!”  Guests generally love to get involved in the party, so this is a great way to allow them to lend a hand AND its a great way for you to save money.

Three.  Have the party catered.  This is obviously the easiest choice.  If it is within your budget and you prefer not to have to cook, then have it catered by a restaurant or catering company you love.  Easy as pie (maybe quite literally).

7. Create a DIY Bar.

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This is one of my favorite ideas.  Create a custom cocktail list for your party with two or three different cocktails.  Set up an area for your guests with all the ingredients and the recipes displayed beautifully in the colors of your theme.  This is a fun way for your guests to break the ice with each other and grab drinks as they please throughout the night.

Here is an example for some festive cocktails from Giada de Laurentiis:

Bellini Bar Recipe

Moscow Mule Cocktail

Gingerbread Cocktail

Jam Cocktail

9. Play some games.

This is a great way not only to break the ice amongst your guests, but to get everyone in the party spirit.  Real Simple Magazine suggests:

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 ―――.” “The person I want to be more like this year is ―――.” “The skill I want to learn this year is ―――.”

This is also a great way to get everyone thinking about the new year fast approaching!

9. Create Photo Booth Props.

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You don’t need to rent a photo booth (though that would be fabulous) but you do need to create an area where guests can take photos to remember the celebration.

Why not set up your camera on a tripod (make sure your camera is securely fastened) and create a fun backdrop with DIY Photo Booth props?  Guests can take pictures of other guests and at the end of the party you will have dozens of photos to use on social media, or for a scrap book, or as prints to use as a thank you note for attending your celebration.  Pictures are ALWAYS a good idea.

Tip: If you don’t want guests using your camera, then ditch the tripod idea and encourage them to use their smart phones.

DIY Photo Booth Props from Kendall-Jackson

10. Send them off with a kiss.

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A Hershey’s kiss that is!  Party favors are so much fun and what is more appropriate than these easy NYE themed kisses?

Simply download the stickers, place them on the kisses, and put them in a cute goodie bag.  Not only is this party favor adorable, its affordable, and your guests are sure to love the added touch of a parting gift.

2016 New Years Eve Hershey Kisses Printable Labels from Glitter ‘n’ Spice.

I hope these 10 smart, stylish tips help you throw the best New Year’s Eve party yet!  Happy New Year to you and yours!

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