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Anyone can watch the ball drop from their living room couch – why not ring in 2019 by hosting a grand New Year’s Eve party? To help you plan, here are seven tips for hosting a stylish party everyone will be talking about.
Start with the Menu
The food you choose to serve at your New Year’s Eve party can affect and help determine décor. Of course, we think you can never go wrong with a spread of guacamole, salsa, chips, corn and beans, rice and fajita meat. But if you’d rather keep things traditional, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon dip with crackers, avocado deviled eggs and chorizo and manchego crostinis are sure to make a crowd-pleasing menu.
Let Food Influence Décor
If you take your party planning the Mexican fiesta route, decorate your home with paper star lanterns and candles. Then, add other pops of bright color with flowers and papel picado. To complement a traditional menu, adorn your home with the glitz and glamour of shimmering streamers, glitter champagne bottles, gold-dipped wine glasses, string lights, and silver, black and gold balloons.
Everyone knows the holidays are about getting together and making memories, but they are also about eating, drinking and enjoying the fine things in life. Treat your guests to a special custom cocktail, like the beautiful garnished Lemon Thyme Bourbon Cocktails above.
If you’ve ever walked into an event, party or department store and felt a little awkward, it’s probably because there wasn’t any music playing in the background. Celebrate the New Year and create a cozy, welcoming environment by playing a mix of popular songs your guests are sure to recognize.
Let the Fun and Games Begin
Whether you’re throwing an intimate party with family and friends or inviting everyone you know, having games for guests to mingle and get to know one another better is a must. A few of our favorites: tripoley, charades, poker and Monopoly.
Christmas doesn’t have to be the only holiday reserved for gifts. Give your guests something to remember the night by, then wrap it with festive paper and a fresh spruce and pinecone to create a captivating presentation that adds to your home’s décor.
Offer Time to Reflect
Before the ball drops, pass around slips of paper and give everyone a moment to think about what they were thankful for in the old year and a few goals for the new year. If it’s a small enough group, you can even go around the room and share to help inspire and encourage one another in whatever dreams you dare to pursue.