Many people want to throw a New Year’s Party for 2011 but they feel overwhelmed at the idea of party planning. New Year’s Eve has the reputation of being the biggest, most exciting party night of the year. If you are throwing a party on New Year’s Eve, they think, it had better be good. Don’t worry; there are things you can do to make your New Year’s Eve party memorable and fun for your guests.
To start with, create a great theme. Your theme does not have to be anything cute, but themes help to organize a party. Having a party theme helps to organize your thoughts and planning when it comes to the party. It will give your New Year’s Eve party a sense of organization and can even make it look as if you’ve had a professional party planner assisting you! Look to current events, popular culture, design themes and things that your friends and family enjoy to come up with the best theme. Use this theme to encompass the decor, food, invitations and activities for the party.
Set your budget for your New Year’s Eve party and organize your spending. What does this have to do with making your party memorable? You don’t want a party that you are still “remembering” in April with credit card bills – and knowing where your money goes will make you a savvy party planner. It can also help you realize what is most important about your party and where money should be spent. For some crowds you may want to spend money on live music but for others food and drinks may be the most important thing. Every New Year’s Eve party is different – you need to do what will keep your guests and family happy.
Choosing the right food for your party is very important. Are you serving a sit down dinner, a family style fondue, or just appetizers? If you are preparing the appetizers yourself as opposed to having a caterer provide them, be sure to work from proven appetizer recipes. It is always fun to try out new recipes, but make sure you have a base of party standards as well for those who are not as adventurous as yourself.
Stay organized and be a good host or hostess. This more than anything will make your 2011 New Year’s Eve party memorable. The little things like not running out of ice or drinks. Or napkins or snacks. Or having a home that is clean and clear from clutter so people can dance and fully enjoy themselves. Especially be sure to take care of guests who overindulge, help get them safely into cabs home or let them sleep over.