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Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

New Years Eve is an exciting holiday for many. It is traditionally one of the
holidays in which most people participate in parties with friends and family
members. While going to parties is a great deal of fun, it is also a lot of fun
to host your own New Years Eve party as well. It is definitely a lot of work to
plan a memorable party but it is a great deal of fun as well. This article will
offer a few basic tips for planning a New Years Eve party. These tips should be
useful for both novice party planners as well as those who have a great deal of
experience in planning parties for their friends and relatives.

The first step in planning any party including a New Years Eve party is to
consider your guest list. This is important because it will help you to
determine where to hold the party. For example if you have a fairly small home
and want to host a party for over one hundred people, you will obviously have
to consider hosting the party either in a much larger house or even in a
catering hall or restaurant. When you are planning your guest list, you should
figure each solely guest will likely bring a date with them. This is only
reasonable and it would be considered tacky to tell guests they are not able to
bring a date to the party.

Deciding whom to invite is not the only concern here. You should also consider
how you plan to invite your guests. You have a number of options here. The most
traditional way to invite guests to a party is to mail out invitations to each
individual guest or married couple you plan to invite to the party. The
invitations should include all of the pertinent information including date,
time and location and should also include instructions for responding to the
invitation. These instructions should include a deadline for responding and a
method of responding such as calling by phone or sending an email.

Other options for sending invitations include calling the guests or sending out
an electronic invitation via email. Although paper invitations were considered
the only method for awhile, it is now considered acceptable to send out other
non traditional invitations for any party or event.

Once you have determined the number of guests and the location of the party, it
is time to consider the food and beverages for the party. Since most New Years
Eve parties start rather late in the evening, appetizers and cocktails make an
excellent idea for food. However, if you plan to start your New Years Eve party
at an earlier time such as five or six o'clock in the evening, you should
consider having more substantial food at your party. You might opt for an
elaborate sit down dinner or include a buffet in your party.

Still another food option for New Years Eve parties is to host a brunch on New
Years Day. You may offer finger foods, appetizers and cocktails in the evening
and early morning but then start serving breakfast items as the sun starts to
rise. This allows the party to go on a little longer because guests do not
start leaving because they begin to get hungry.

When planning a New Years Eve party you should also consider the type of
entertainment you plan to provide at the party. You might consider hiring a
band for the duration of the party or for only a few hours during the party.
Other entertainment ideas include have a DJ or playing your own recorded music.
More elaborate and less traditional ideas for entertainment include hosting a
murder mystery or hiring an improve group to perform. These are both fun ideas
for entertainment because they get all of the guests involved in the fun.

Planning a New Years Eve Party in Your Home

There are both advantages and disadvantages to planning a New Years Eve party
in your home. The advantages to planning a New Years Eve party in your home is
that you have a greater amount of freedom in terms of food and beverage
choices, decoration options and even the type of entertainment you are able to
offer. The disadvantages to hosting a New Years Eve party in your home is that
your property or possessions may be damaged by the guests, you are responsible
for the cleanup of the party and it can be difficult to control when guests
leave the party. The advantages to hosting a New Years Eve party in a
restaurant and catering hall is that you will have assistance in preparing and
serving the food, you don't have to worry about cleanup and you have very few
obligations during the party. The disadvantages to hosting your New Years Eve
party at a restaurant or catering hall is you will be limited in the hours of
the party, there may be some restrictions placed on the entertainment and their
will also likely be limitation on the food and beverages you can offer your
guests. Giving these advantages and disadvantages as well as the costs
associated with hosting a New Years Eve party in a restaurant or catering hall,
many people opt to host their New Years Eve party in your home.

When planning a New Years Eve party in your home it is very important to
carefully consider your guest list. This is important because you should limit
the number of guests you invite according to the size of your home and the
rooms in your home you wish to use for the party. For example you may have an
extremely large house but if you wish to limit the party to the kitchen and
dining room you should consider limiting the number of guests you invite to a
number which will fit comfortably in these rooms. Or if you plan to use your
entire house for the party, you should still consider how many people will fit
comfortably for activities such as eating, dancing and socializing.

Another factor to consider when planning a New Years Eve party in your home is
how you plan to entertain your guests. Hiring a band or DJ or playing your own
music is one of the most popular entertainment options for a New Years Eve
party. If you plan to have a band or a DJ you should consider providing a dance
floor for your guests. The dance floor does not have to be big but it should be
large enough for at least some of your guests to dance and have a good time.
Another entertainment option is showing a series of movies. The movies can
follow a particular theme or they can just be fun movies you think the majority
of your guests will enjoy. If you are planning to entertain your guests in this
manner you should consider renting a movie projector if you do not already have
one to make the movie viewing experience more pleasurable. You should also
consider seating options and should ensure you have enough seating for each
guest with an unrestricted view of the screen.

Another factor to consider when planning a New Years Eve party in your home is
how you plan to deal with potential problems such as spilled food and drinks.
If you have new and expensive carpeting or flooring, you might be very
concerned about this issue. One option is to take preventative measures by
covering flooring which would be permanently damaged by spilled drinks or food.
This will likely not be very attractive and many guests prefer to only offer
food and drinks in areas of the home where spills will not be extremely
damaging. As the host of the party, you should be prepared to deal with spills.
Your plan could include cleaning all spills thoroughly as they occur in attempt
to minimize the risk or permanent stains or to do only a quick cleanup and deal
with stains after the party.

Planning a New Years Eve Party in a Catering Hall

For many who plan to host a New Years Eve party, hosting the party in a
catering hall is a very popular option. There is certainly an increased expense
associated with this option and more advanced planning required but many hosts
enjoy this option because it greatly reduces the amount of work required by the
host and also greatly reduces the responsibilities of the hosts on the evening
of the party. In fact in most cases, the host's only responsibilities during
the party are to greet the guests, have a good time and thank the guests for
coming at the conclusion of the party. This is appealing to many and is one of
the major reasons why many party hosts opt to plan their New Years Eve party in
a catering hall. This article will examine some of the logistics involved in
hosting a New Years Eve party in a catering hall and will also explain how this
option can make a party run very smoothly.

Two of the biggest concerns associated with planning a New Years Eve party in a
catering hall are the costs associated with the party and the advance planning
required to host the party. Any party which is hosted in a catering hall is
likely to be significantly more expensive than a party hosted in the
individual's home because there is a fee for the use of the facility and the
assistance of the staff. Additionally, the host is also often required to use
the catering services for providing food and beverages for the guests. All of
this can be especially expensive when hosting a New Years Eve party because of
the popularity of the holiday. Catering halls are in high demand during this
night and therefore most catering halls will charge a premium for their space
and services on this particular night.

Advance planning is also very important when planning a New Years Eve party in
a catering hall. New Years Eve is an incredibly popular holiday and many
catering halls are booked a year or even longer in advance. This means you have
to plan well ahead if you wish to host a New Years Eve party in a particular
location. If you have a particular catering hall in mind, it is a good idea to
give them a call at least a year before you want to host the party and inquire
about their availability. If they are not available for the following New Years
Eve, you will have to decide if you want to wait until the next available New
Years Eve to host your party or if you want to look at other locations.

When planning a New Years Eve party in a catering hall, it is important to work
closely with the staff of the catering hall to plan your entertainment. If you
plan to hire a band or a DJ, you should consult the catering hall staff before
making arrangements. They might have restrictions on entertainment and it is
important to understand these restrictions before planning your entertainment.
Restrictions may limit the noise level of the entertainment or may even limit
the professional entertainers to a list of approved performers. Understanding
these restrictions ahead of time will prevent problems on the day of the party
which may occur if the entertainment violates any of the policies of the
catering hall.

The food is also a very important consideration in planning a New Years Eve
party in a catering hall. In most cases, the catering hall will require you to
use their catering services for the food and beverages. They will likely have
set menus you can choose from but they may also be willing to work with you to
create a customized menu specifically for your New Years Eve party. Most
catering halls also usually offer the host of the party the opportunity to
taste several of the food options to make it easier to select a menu for the
event. You may have the option of choosing a sit down dinner, a buffet,
appetizers and desserts for your party.

Preparing Food for a New Years Eve Party

Preparing food for a New Years Eve party can be a great deal of fun or it can
be a great deal of stress. It can even be a combination for the two. Those who
are experienced at throwing parties may be able to plan a menu for their New
Years Eve party and execute their plan with ease while still enjoying the
party. However, those who do not have a great deal of experience hosting
parties may have difficulty planning a menu and may feel a great deal of stress
on the day of the party. In either case, it is wise to begin planning the food
for your New Years Eve party in advance to ensure your guests enjoy the food at
the party. This article will offer some tips for preparing food for a New Years
Eve party.

Whether you are an accomplished chef or a novice cook, preparing food for a New
Years Eve party can be quite a challenge. One of the first decisions you will
have to make is what kind of food you will like to prepare for your guests. You
may opt for offering a sit down dinner early in the evening and light snacks and
desserts afterwards. Likewise you may opt to offer a dinner buffet early in the
evening and snacks and desserts throughout the remainder of the evening.
Alternately you may choose to skip dinner because the party will likely start
late in the evening and simply offer an assortment of sweet and savory
appetizers throughout the evening. Once you have selected one of these options
you can make other decisions such as what types of foods to offer and how much
food to prepare.

Regardless of the types of foods you decide to offer, you will also have to
make decisions regarding the preparation of the food. The simplest, but also
likely the most expensive, preparation option is to have the party catered. In
this case you pay a caterer to prepare and deliver all of the food. They will
also likely provide the methods for keeping the foods hot or cold if necessary.
This is an excellent option for hosts who do not want to spend a great deal of
time preparing food for the party and who do not want to have a great deal of
responsibility related to food preparation on the evening of the party.

Another option for preparing food for your New Years Eve party is to prepare
all of the food ahead of time. With a little research you will surely find a
large number of recipes for items which can be prepared ahead of time. These
recipes can include items which can be served chilled, room temperature or hot.
For items which should be served hot, you will only have to worry about
reheating the food on the night of the party. Preparing the majority of the
food ahead of time is a great idea and will really help to enable the host to
enjoy the festivities on the evening of the party.

Still another less popular option is to prepare all of the food during the
party. This helps to ensure the food is all fresh and is served at the
appropriate temperature but it is also a great deal of work for the host. The
host will not likely have a great deal of time to socialize with the guests
because she will likely spend a great deal of time busy with food preparation.

When planning a New Years Eve party, you can also consider hosting a potluck
event. This greatly simplifies the food preparation process for the host. If
you opt for a potluck, it is important for the host of the party to coordinate
with the guests to determine who will bring what to the party. This is
important because you do not want everyone to bring a dessert. Likewise you
don't want everyone to bring an entree either. Ideally a couple of people will
prepare entrees and the remainder of guests will bring side dishes, salads and
desserts to the party.

Cocktails for a New Years Eve Party

In planning a New Years Eve party, one of the most exciting items is the
selection of cocktails for the party. New Years Eve is a holiday which is
largely associated with alcohol consumption. Those who attend these parties are
likely to expect an array of interesting cocktails to celebrate the coming of
the New Year and many hosts are more than willing to oblige their guests with
an assortment of delicious and interesting cocktails.

When planning a New Years Eve party which will include children, it is
important to plan on serving a wide variety of non alcoholic beverages in
addition to the alcoholic cocktails for the adults. This is important because
it will prevent the children from being envious of the interesting beverages
the adults are drinking. It will also prevent the children from being curious
about the drinks the adults are enjoying and attempting to sneak a taste of
these beverages. Non alcoholic cocktails are also considered mocktails and can
often be created to look just like the real beverages in a wide variety of
colors, flavors and textures. Beverages such as the pina coloda, margarita and
a variety of martinis can all be made in non alcoholic versions.

In planning cocktails for a New Years Eve party, you should consider offering a
wide variety of beverages throughout the night. This could include both hot,
cold drinks and even frozen drinks. One of the most popular cocktail options
for a New Years Eve party is punch which is served from a punch bowl. This
festive cocktail is typically sweet and contains ingredients such as fruit
juices, lemon lime soda and an array of alcoholic ingredients such as vodka and
rum. Some hosts may even include champagne in the punch mixture. Adding a scoop
or two of sherbet to the punch bowl also helps to cool the beverage and adds an
additional layer of taste and texture to the mixture.

Another popular option of a New Years Eve party is to offer one signature
cocktail throughout the evening. This can be an item such as a Martini created
specifically for the occasion with a seasonal feeling. An eggnog martini is an
example of a beverage which is a great deal of fun as well as appropriate for
the season. Champagne cocktails are also appropriate for a New Years Eve party.
You can create a simply champagne cocktail by combining champagne with sweet
vermouth and grenadine.

Hot cocktails are also popular options for a New Years Eve party. Spiked
coffees and hot chocolates are always popular but for a more festive cocktail
consider creating drinks with a hot cider base. You can create a luxurious hot
chocolate cocktail by combining a butterscotch flavored liqueur with rich hot
chocolate. An example of a hot beverage which is also quite festive is a hot
cider spiced with cranberry juice and rum. Although hot cocktails are extremely
popular, most guests will likely only drink one or two hot cocktails during the
evening. Conversely they are likely to consumer significantly more cold
cocktails during the course of the evening. For this reason, it is recommended
to provide both hot and cold cocktails during your New Years Eve party.

Regardless of the type of cocktails you decide to serve throughout the evening,
it is customary to offer a champagne cocktail at midnight. You should begin
distributing the champagne a few minutes before midnight to ensure everyone has
their glass in hand to make a toast and take a sip of the bubbly champagne at
midnight. Offering the champagne in an elegant glass and including a strawberry
in the glass can create a more elegant presentation. You should also use a fine
champagne. During the evening, you may have served alcohols which fit your
budget, but it is worthwhile to splurge on a more expensive champagne for the
toast at midnight.

Planning a Stress Free New Years Eve Party

If you are in the process of planning a New Years Eve party, you likely want to
make the event as stress free as possible. While there is always some stress
involved in planning any event, there are a number of steps you can take in
reducing the amount of stress involved while you are planning your New Years
Eve party. This article will focus on providing tips for keeping the stress
level to a minimum when planning a New Years Eve party. There may still be a
few areas which cause concern or stress but if you follow these tips, the event
will likely be more enjoyable for you and the guests.

Consider making the dress for the event casual instead of formal to create a
more stress free environment. This simple stress can be very effective for
reducing the stress level. First of all, if the affair is casual, the host will
have to spend less time getting dressed for the party. This is important because
the host often becomes quite stressed out on the day of the party because she is
trying to take care of last minute details while she is also worried about
getting dressed for the party. It also helps to reduce the stress level because
guests expect more elegant food for a formal party than they do for a casual
party so there is less stress to prepare and serve an elaborate meal at the
party.

Regardless of the type of food you decide to serve, preparing the food for a
New Years Eve party can be a significant cause of stress. Hiring a caterer is
the most efficient way to minimize this stress. When hiring a caterer the host
may have a great deal of work during the planning phases in selecting a
caterer, tasting the food and selecting dishes for the menu, but once this is
done the host only has to worry about coordinating the delivery and service of
the food. This leaves the hostess free to focus on other elements of the party
and prevents her from spending a great deal of time in the kitchen on the
evening of the party.

While hiring a caterer is an excellent idea, it can be rather expensive.
Fortunately there are also a number of inexpensive options for minimize the
stress associated with preparing the food for a New Years Eve party. One fun
way to do this is to make the party a potluck event. Having guests bring dishes
such as side dishes, salads, appetizers, desserts and even main dishes or drinks
greatly reduces the amount of work for the host. In this scenario the host only
has to worry about providing one or two items and coordinating the other guests
to ensure they do not all bring similar items.

Another inexpensive option which can help to reduce the amount of stress
typically associated with preparing the food for a New Years Eve party is to
serve only appetizers, desserts and cocktails at the party. This is
significantly less expensive as appetizers are traditionally much less
expensive than main course items. It is also acceptable to do this because most
New Years Eve parties do not start until 8:00-9:00 at night. It is acceptable to
assume most guests will have had dinner earlier in the evening but as a courtesy
to the guests it is worthwhile to indicate on the invitations that only
appetizers and desserts will be served.

Planning Activities for Your New Years Eve Party

Most people spend a great deal of time planning their guest list or deciding on
food and decorations but do not devote a great deal of time to planning
activities for their New Years Eve party. They may plan on having a live band
or a DJ to perform but otherwise they may simply expect the guests to entertain
themselves by dancing to the music or socializing with other guests but do
little else in terms of planning activities to keep their guests entertained at
the party. However, there are a lot of fun activities which can keep the guests
entertained throughout the evening.

Planning on having karaoke is one excellent activity for a New Years Eve party.
This activity encourages guest participation and allows the guests to entertain
themselves throughout the evening. In fact karaoke can even provide a very cost
effective form of entertainment for all the guests even those who opt not to
participate. Karaoke will provide the guests with music and singing at a much
lower price than it would cost to hire a live band or a DJ for the event. The
music may not be as high quality as it would be if you hired a professional but
of course that is also part of the fun of karaoke.

Hosting a murder mystery event is another fun activity idea which is becoming
very popular for New Years Eve parties. These events are typically a dinner
theater where guests are encouraged to participate in the drama and work
together or alone to try to solve the mystery of the evening. You can either
hire a troop of actors to perform the murder mystery and allow the guests to
interact with the actors to try to solve the mystery or you can assign guests
to portray different characters including the victim, the murderer and the
other guests. The guests should keep their identities a secret to keep everyone
else guessing.

The food can also be a source of entertainment for the guests at a New Years
Eve party. You can serve items such as fondue which require the guests to
participate in the preparation of the food. Another idea for an activity is to
design a party where the preparation of the food is a part of the party. For
example you could hire a sushi chef to come to the party and teach the guests
how to make sushi. The guests can all make their own sushi rolls and the sushi
prepared by the guests can be served as appetizers during the party.

Activities as simple as viewing movies can even be fun activities for a New
Years Eve party. If your party has a particular theme, you can select a series 
of movies which reflect the theme of the party to keep your guests entertained 
throughout the movie. You might even serve foods which are typically found at 
a movie theater to tie the theme of the event to the food.

If the New Years Eve party will include children it is important to spend some
time planning activities for the kids. You might want to include some kid
friendly activities as well as activities which are suitable for children and
adults. If there will be adults in attendance there should also be activities
just for the adults as well to ensure everyone has a good time.

New Years Eve Party Planning on a Budget

In general New Years Eve party planning is not a difficult process. There are a
number of standard elements which are common in any type of party such as
invitations, location, food, beverages and entertainment which should be
considered but beside from that there aren't many unique aspects of a New Years
Eve party which require special consideration. The late hour of a New Years Eve
party is somewhat unusual and results in some unique food option such as
offering cocktails and appetizers in the evening and cocktails such as the
Bloody Mary and the Mimosa in the morning along with a breakfast buffet.
However, New Years Eve party planning does prevent a challenge when it is
necessary to complete this planning on a tight budget. This article will
provide some tips for planning and executing a memorable New Years Eve party on
a tight budget.

The first step in planning a New Years Eve party on a budget is to establish an
ultimate budget. Once this is done, you can list all of the individual aspects
of the party such as invitations, decorations, location, food, beverages and
entertainment and determine the percentage of your total budget you wish to
spend on each of these components.

When planning a New Years Eve party on a budget, it is important to carefully
consider the guest list for the party. This is important because the number of
the guests you invite may dictate the location of the party. For example if you
are planning a relatively small party, you will likely be able to host the home
either in your own home or in the home of a friend. However, if you plan to
invite a large number of people, you might have to consider holding the party
in a restaurant or a catering hall. This is significant when you are on a tight
budget because these facilities charge a usage fee and may require you to use
their catering services as well which can be costly. For this reason you should
consider limiting your guest list to a size which your home can accommodate.

Food is a very important party of any New Years Eve party. After you have
determined the budget for food at the party, you can start to consider your
options for providing food for your guests. The most expensive option will
likely be to provide a catered sit down dinner for your guests. This option is
expensive but many guests enjoy the elegance of this option. If this is
important to you, you should consider devoting a large portion of your budget
to food. However, there are much less expensive ways to feed your guests at a
New Years Eve party. Other popular options include providing appetizers only or
putting out a buffet of homemade foods for your guests. Both of these options
will be considerably less expensive than providing a sit down dinner with
multiple courses. If you are hosting the party in a home, you could even
consider making the event a potluck to drastically reduce the cost of food. You
could prepare a main course item and ask your guests to bring appetizers, side
dishes, salads and desserts.

There are many affordable options for entertainment when you are planning a New
Years Eve party on a budget. Music is one of the most popular options for
entertainment at any party but you do not have to incur the expense of hiring a
band or a DJ to host the party. Although these can be a lot of fun, you can also
provide your own music with a simple CD player and a set of speakers. You can
even make the party more fun by asking each guest to bring along a few of their
own CDs and have everyone at the party take a turn playing DJ for an hour during
the party.

Setting a Budget for a New Years Eve Party

If you are planning a New Years Eve party, you probably already realize you
need to set a budget for your party. This is important because going over
budget on your party can cause a significant financial strain on the host of
the party. You likely want to provide a great New Years Eve party for all of
your guests but you do not want to go into considerable debt to do this. The
best way to throw a successful New Years Eve party is to set a budget based on
the amount of cash you have available and working within that budget to create
the most spectacular New Years Eve party possible. This article will examine
the importance for setting a budget for your New Years Eve party and will offer
advice for setting your budget for each aspect of the party.

The first step in setting a budget for your New Years Eve party is to first
consider the total amount of money you wish to spend. Ideally this amount will
be equal to the amount of money you have available to spend and will not cause
you to go into debt to throw the party. However, hosts who have a very limited
amount of funds available may opt to use a credit card to throw their party
knowing they will be going into debt for the party. Once you have an overall
budget, you can set individual budgets for each element of the party.

Some of the individual elements to consider when planning a New Years Eve party
are location, invitation, decorations, food, beverages, entertainment and
incidental items. When considering these items, the host should prioritize
these items to determine which elements are most important. This will give the
host a good idea of how to distribute the available funds. For example if the
host decides that food and beverages are more important than entertainment, she
will likely allot a larger portion of the budget to food and beverages than she
would to entertainment. Likewise if she values entertainment over food and
beverages she will likely allot more money to entertainment than she does to
food and beverages. Once the priorities are determined the host should assign a
percentage of the total budget to each of the expenses on their list. This
percentage should be based on the importance of the expense as well as other
factors such as overall cost of the items. The host may consider the
invitations to be important but they are also relatively expensive. The host
may opt to assign a large percentage of the budget to the invitations but it
shouldn't be a higher percentage than more expensive items such as the food or
entertainment receive.

The most important aspect of setting a budget for your New Years Eve party is
to carefully follow that budget. As purchases are made for the party, it is
important to document each purchase and the price of the purchase to ensure the
budget is not being exceeded. If the host exceeds the budget in one category, it
will be necessary to decrease the budget in another category to ensure the
overall budget is not exceeded. It is also important to keep the overall budget
in mind when making each purchase to ensure you will meet your overall financial
goals.

New Years Eve Party Favors

If you are planning a New Years Eve party, you might be considering offering
party favors to your guests. This is an excellent idea and can offer your
guests a lovely memento of the party. Hosts of a New Years Eve party have a lot
of options for favors. If the New Years Eve party has a theme, the host might
consider offering a favor which goes with the theme of the party. If the New
Years Eve party does not have a theme, the favor may be related to traditional
symbols of the New Year or may be completely unrelated to the holiday season.
This article will offer some advice for providing favors at a New Years Eve
party including a few ideas for favors.

When hosting a New Years Eve party, it is important to decide whether or not
your will give favors to your guests while you are still in the planning stages
of the party. This is especially important if you are setting a strict budget
for the New Years Eve party. Considering favors early in the planning process
will help to ensure you budget properly and include enough money in the budget
to purchase favors for all of your guests.

One idea for giving favors is to offer items which are traditionally associated
with New Years Eve. Champagne glasses are popular choices for favors for a New
Years Eve party. It is a nice touch to have the date of the party engraved on
the glasses to make the favors more personal and to ensure the guests will
always remember the party. Other favors which are considered appropriate for a
New Years Eve party include clocks and top hats.

If you host a themed New Years Eve party, it is a good idea to give your guests
a favor which is closely associated to the theme of the party. For example if
you threw a New Years Eve party with a western theme you might consider giving
the guests beer mugs instead of champagne glasses. For a New Years Eve party
with a theme related to the ocean you could give guests seashells or sand
sculptures as favors.

Another popular option for party favors at any party is candy. You can purchase
candy in a variety of different shapes. You may opt for a shape which is
appropriate for New Years Eve or a fun shape which is completely unrelated to
the occasion.

A truly unique and fun idea for providing favors for a New Years Eve party is
to ask each guest to bring a party favor to the New Years Eve party. The guests
can either purchase a favor for the purpose of the party or they can bring a
favor they received at another party. The favors can either be practically,
whimsical, nostalgic or even silly. As the guests arrive you can collect the
favors and place them at each place setting under an opaque cloth. Then as the
guests are seated they can take turns unveiling their favor. The guest who
provided the favor can either tell the true story of how they acquired the
favor or they can make up the story about the favor. This way the favors also
provide entertainment for the guests.

Music for a New Years Eve Party

If you are planning a New Years Eve party, one of the most important elements
of the party planning is the music you plan to play at the party. Making
preparations for the food, beverages, entertainment, decorations, favors and
other elements of the party are all very important but the music at the party
are critical to the success of the party and can help to determine whether or
not the guests have a good time. This article will discuss some of the options
for music at a New Years Eve party and will provide information on implementing
these options.

Hiring a band is one very popular option for providing music for a New Years
Eve party. However, there are some considerations which should be mulled over
before deciding to hire a band. One of these important considerations is the
amount of space required for the band to set up and perform. This is important
especially if you are hosting the party in your home. Before signing a contract
with a band, you should have a representative from the band visit the space and
determine if there is enough room available. The noise ordinances should also
be considered when hiring a band for a New Years Eve party. Again this is most
important if you are hosting the party in your home. When hiring a band you
should also consider whether or not the band will appeal to the majority of the
guests at your New Years Eve party. This is especially important if you will
have guests from a number of different generations at your party.

Another option for proving music at your New Years Eve party is to hire a DJ to
perform at the party. This is a good idea because DJs typically play a wide
variety of music and are skilled at reading the audience and determining which
types of music will appeal to the audience. They are also typically good at
encouraging audience participation. Again, it is important to consider noise
ordinances when hiring a DJ to entertain at your New Years Eve party. Your DJ
will likely be aware of these ordinances particularly if he works in the area
often but you should still discuss this with the DJ before signing a contract
to ensure he will comply with these regulations.

One inexpensive option for providing music for your guests at your New Years
Eve party is to be your own DJ. If you have an extensive CD collection, you can
insert a number of these into a disk changer and set the changer to play
randomly. Changing the CDs throughout the night will keep the music fresh
throughout the party. Another idea is to ask each guest to bring five of their
own CDs to the party. Each guest can then take turns playing DJ for a half hour
to an hour. This is a fun way to provide music for your guests and also helps to
ensure each guest will hear some music they enjoy during the party. Still
another option for providing your own music during your New Years Eve party is
to set up a satellite radio system and attach it to speakers. You can set the
satellite to a station featuring upbeat dance music or music which accompanies
the theme of the New Years Eve party.

Still another inexpensive option for providing musical entertainment for your
New Years Eve party is to rent a karaoke machine and encourage the guests to
provide their own entertainment. Karaoke can be a great deal of fun especially
for a group of guests who are willing to participate in the fun. If you have a
theme for the New Years Eve party, you can provide songs for the karaoke
machine which relate to the theme. If there is not a specific theme for the New
Years Eve party, you can select a selection of songs which are likely to be
popular with your guests.

Hiring a Party Planner for a New Years Eve Party

Hiring a party planner for a New Years Eve party is a good idea in a number of
cases. If you are throwing a rather large party, it might be worthwhile to hire
a party planner because they will have more experience in planning and hosting
such large parties and can help to ensure your party is a fun event and not a
great deal of stress to plan or host. They may also have working relationships
with a number of people in the local party industry and may be able to obtain
discounts for you on a location, catering services, entertainment or
decorations. Hiring a party planner is also worthwhile if the event is being
held to benefit a specific cause. A party planner can be helpful during this
type of event because they likely have experience with these types of events
and may be able to help you plan the event and also organize activities such as
donations in a manner that is well-organized and does not interfere with the
festivities. Finally, a host may enlist the services of a party planner for
planning a New Years Eve party if the host simply does not have time to attend
to the minute details of the party.

When hiring a party planner, there are a number of factors to consider when
selecting a planner. Price is one factor which is very important to many. The
fees for a party planner can vary widely depending on a number of factors
including the experience of the party planner, the size of the party and the
responsibilities of the party planner. Popular party planners with a great deal
of experience may charge more than less experienced party planners but in some
cases, the higher fee might be worthwhile especially if the planner comes
highly recommended by a friend or family member.

Another factor to consider when selecting a party planner is how long the
planner has been working in your area. A party planner may have years of
experience but if they have only been working in your area for a number of
months, they might not know all the professionals in the local entertainment
industry. This is important because party planners who have been working in a
particular location for a number of years can provide a great deal of insight
into the quality of the services provided by local catering halls, entertainers
and decorators. Also, as previously mentioned, they may be able to obtain
discounts for you on these services because they work with these professionals
quite frequently.

When selecting a party planner to assist you in planning your New Years Eve
party, you should also seek out references. This is important because the
references will give you a good idea of the type of work the party planner
does. However, it is important to note that the party planner will likely only
provide you with reference they believe will offer favorable reviews. For this
reason it is a good idea to do a little research on your own regarding the
quality of the services provided by the party planner. This could include
asking friends and family members if they know anyone who has hired the party
planner before and asking them for their opinion, consulting the Better
Business Bureau to see if the party planner is in good standing with them and
searching online for independent reviews of the party planner. All of this
information can be useful in making your decision.




Hiring a Band for a New Years Eve Party

If you are planning a New Years Eve party, you may also be considering hiring a
live band to play at your party. Hiring a live band is an excellent
entertainment option for a New Years Eve party because the guests will enjoy
listening to and dancing to the music throughout the evening. The band can also
help to keep the guest energized throughout the evening. However, when you are
planning to hire a band for your party there are some important considerations
which you should make. This article will take a look at some of these
considerations and will help to simplify the process of hiring a band to
entertain at your New Years Eve party.

Availability is one of the first considerations in hiring a band for your New
Years Eve party. New Years Eve is a very busy occasion for entertainers and it
may be difficult to book the band of your choice for your party unless you plan
your event well in advance. If your band of choice is unavailable, you should
consider whether you would prefer to delay your party for a year until they are
available or seek out another band to play at your party.

Price is another very important consideration in selecting a band to play at
your New Years Eve party. Although it would be nice if you did not have to
worry about money but unfortunately most party hosts will have to budget their
party carefully. This means the budget for entertainment for the party will
influence the band which is chosen to perform at the party. This means it might
be necessary to make a decision to select one band over another based on the
fees.

Style of music should also be considered when selecting a band to perform at a
New Years Eve party. You may be tempted to select a band who you will enjoy
hearing perform but it is important to also keep your guests in mind when
selecting a band to perform at your party. Ideally the band you select to
perform at your New Years Eve party will appeal to the majority of your guests.

You also have to consider the amount of space you have available for the band
you hire to perform. This is important because a large band with 15 members
will likely require significantly more than a band with only five members. If
you are unsure about the amount of space the band will require, ask a
representative from the band to visit the space and evaluate the size of the
available space to determine if they will be able to fit their equipment and
perform in the space.

When hiring a band, you may select a band you have seen perform in the past.
This is one way to ensure the quality of the performance. However, if you have
not seen any local bands perform, you might have to solicit recommendations
from friends and family members. If you know someone who had a local band
perform at her party, take the opportunity to ask her opinion of the band. If
she recommends them and it sounds like they would be a good fit for your party,
ask them to submit a sample of their music for you to review. You can also ask a
few other bands to submit samples as well and you can compare these samples to
determine which band you think will be best for your New Years Eve party. You
might even consider inviting a few friends over to listen to the samples and
help you make your decision. Having a few friends assist you is a good idea to
help to ensure the band you select is sure to appeal to your guests. Once you
select a band, you should ask to view their contract and carefully review the
contract to ensure you do not object to any of the contract terms.

Games to Play during a New Years Eve Party

Many hosts spend a great amount of time planning the food and cocktails for
their New Years Eve party and do not give as much consideration to the type of
entertainment they plan to have at their New Years Eve party. This is
unfortunately because New Years Eve parties offer a great opportunity to
participate in some really fun games. New Years Eve parties tend to last longer
than many other parties so traditional entertainment options such as dancing may
not be enough to keep the guests entertained. One fun way to spice a New Years
Eve party is by playing different games. This article will offer some fun ideas
games to play at a New Years Eve party.

New Years Eve is a holiday which is synonymous with alcohol consumption. The
popularity of alcohol consumption is the inspiration for one idea for a game to
play on New Years Eve. You can play a game by giving each person a word which is
likely to come up in casual conversation and writing that word on a nametag for
each person to wear during the evening. Guests are required to carry a shot of
a vodka at all times and if another guests catches them saying the word on
their nametag they have to take their shot and then pick up another shot to
carry in case they are caught again. This game is fun because it encourages
guests to mingle as they attempt to think up ways to get other guests to try to
say their word. The game can be made more difficult by placing the name tag on
each person's back so they cannot see the word but other guests can. This means
the guest not only has to try to avoid saying the word but also has to figure
out what the word is. When playing this game, care should be taken to avoid the
game being the cause of the guest becoming inebriated. One way to do this is to
put a limit on the number of shots a person can consume. They can take the
sticker off once they reach their limit and the last person with a sticker is
declared the winner and may be awarded a surprise.

Games which involve dancing are also very popular on New Years Eve. One game
which is a lot of fun is similar to a game played by children. It involves
periodically stopping the music while guests are dancing. Each time the music
stops, the guests are supposed to freeze in one position. One person is
designated as the judge and each time the music stops, the judge eliminates the
last guest to freeze his position. The last guest remaining is declared the
winner of the game.

A casino night is also very popular for a New Years Eve Party. The host can set
up various tables for different games such as blackjack, Texas hold'em, keno and
other popular card games. The host may also enlist guests to act as dealers at
each of these tables. The hosts can either be dedicated for entire night or can
rotate every couple of hours so all the guests have a chance to be both a player
and a dealer. Giving each of the guests a set amount of poker chips can make the
games even more fun, if you inform the guests they will be able to exchange
their chips at the end of the evening for raffle tickets for a few prizes. This
will encourage the guests to participate in the game and really try their best
to win at the games.

The games listed above are rather original but depending on the size of the
party, guests can also play standard board games. Trivial pursuit, monopoly and
scrabble are popular options. These games can be played either as individuals or
as teams. Additionally, they can be played once or in a tournament style. Games
such as scrabble can even played with a holiday theme where guests are
encouraged to use words which relate to New Years Eve.

Throwing a Potluck New Years Eve Party

If you are planning to host a New Years Eve party this year, you might want to
consider making the party a pot luck event. Most people consider potlucks for
picnics and parties for other occasions but a potluck is rarely considered when
throwing a New Years Eve party. However, there are a number of advantages to
hosting this type of event. Some of these advantages include reducing the
amount of work required by the host of the party, ensuring the guests all enjoy
some of the food provided and cutting down on the amount of leftovers the host
has at the end of the evening. This article will examine the logistics of
hosting a potluck New Years Eve party.

A potluck is a good idea for a fun New Years Eve party. Some hosts may be
hesitant to ask their guests to contribute a dish for the party but there are a
few ways to make the potluck a great deal of fun. One way to do this is by
implementing a theme for the party. The host can take the responsibility for
preparing the main course and then assign each guest to bring another part of
the meal to the New Years Eve party with the stipulation that the dish they
bring should fit with the theme of the party.

While a potluck New Years Eve party greatly reduces the responsibility of the
host in terms of food preparation, it is important for the host to remember she
is still responsible for coordinating the meal. The host should take care of
ensuring all of the elements of the meal are provided. This is important for
preventing each guest from bringing a dessert and none of the guests bringing
savory items such as the main course, side dishes, salads or appetizers. One
way the host can do this is to indicate on each guest's invitation which type
of dish they should bring. The guest may assign 2-3 people to bring side dishes
and 4-5 people to bring appetizers, 4-5 people to bring side dishes, 4-5 people
to bring salads and 2-3 people to bring desserts. This will help to ensure
there is a variety of item in each category.

It is also important to consider food service when planning a New Years Eve
party. This logistical matter is especially important if guests will be
providing items which must be served hot. The host might want to consult with
the guests to determine what they will be bringing to contribute to the New
Years Eve party and how the food should be served. If it is necessary to serve
the item hot, the host should plan ahead to make accommodations to reheat the
item or keep the item hot if the guest arrives with the item still hot. This is
important because dinner will not likely be served immediately when guests
arrive.

Beverages should also be carefully considered when planning a potluck New Years
Eve party. One way to deal with beverages is for the host to supply all of the
beverages. This is a good solution because alcoholic cocktails are particularly
popular for New Years Eve parties and the host may prefer to plan on providing a
few signature cocktails throughout the evening and will want to ensure they have
the ingredients necessary to create those categories. While the host may want to
provide all of the alcoholic beverages, she may allow a few guests to bring non
alcoholic beverages as their contribution to the pot luck.

Finally, when planning a New Years Eve potluck it is important to ensure guests
are aware of any dietary restrictions which should be considered when making the
food for the party. For example if the host is aware that several guests require
special diets such as diets for diabetics or diets for those with high blood
pressure she want to make sure guests who will be preparing food for the party
are also aware of these restrictions. The host may also want to ensure at least
one main dish item is vegetarian in case any of the guests do not eat meat.

Sending Out Invitations for a New Years Eve Party

If you are planning on hosting a New Years Eve party, one of the first items of
business is planning your guest list. Once this is done and you have an idea of
how many guests you will have, it is time to select a location for your party.
Once you do this you can set a time for the event as well. All of this
information is important because you will have to include all of this
information on the invitation for your New Years Eve party. For this reason the
planning of your New Years Eve party should be well underway before you send out
your invitations. You should also consider whether or not there are any special
requirements for the party because you might want to include these on the
invitation as well. For example if you are planning a black tie event this
should be noted on the invitations so guests know how they are expected to
dress for the event. Similarly if you plan to make the party a potluck event,
this should also be indicated on the invitation so guests will be aware that
they are required to bring along a dish to share at the party.

When hosting a New Years Eve party, you should also give some consideration to
whether or not you want to have a theme for the party. Although it is not
necessary to have the invitations reflect the theme, it is a fun idea and it
can help to give the guests an indication of what to expect. Also if you expect
guests to dress according to the theme, you will want to let the guests know so
they are not caught by surprise.

The timing of sending out New Years Eve party invitations is also very
important. New Years Eve is a very popular holiday and many people start making
plans for New Years Eve very early. For this reason, you might want to consider
sending out invitations rather early to ensure your potential guests do not
accept other invitations before they even receive your invitations. It is not
unusual for a host to send out New Years Eve invitations as early as October.
This helps to ensure the guests will receive the invitations before the holiday
season so they can plan appropriately for your party. Alternately a host can
send out invitations later in the year but send a save the date notice earlier
or contact guests via phone to inform them of your intentions to host a party
so they are aware that an invitation is on the way.

When sending out New Years Eve invitations it is important to include
instructions for responding. This is important because it is unlikely all of
your invited guests will be able to attend the party but you want to know
exactly how many guests will be attending. This number will be important for
planning food, beverages and favors. If you do not know the number of guests
ahead of time you may not have enough of these items or you may have too much
left over.

Finally, when sending out New Years Eve party invitations, budget is often a
very important consideration. Custom invitations can actually be quite
expensive. When setting your budget, you should research the cost of
invitations and use this information to set your budget for these items.

Selecting Appetizers for a New Years Eve Party

When planning a New Years Eve party appetizers are one of the items the host
spends a great deal of time considering. This is because appetizers, along with
cocktails, are one of the most popular food options for a New Years Eve party.
Unlike other parties which typically take place during a meal time, New Years
Eve parties usually start later in the evening. This makes planning the food
for the party a little more complicated. New Years Eve parties may start at
around 8:00-9:00 or even later. This is too late to serve dinner but because
the party will last at least until midnight it is too long of a time to expect
your guest to go without any food. For this reason, most New Years Eve parties
feature light food items such as appetizers or sandwiches.

When selecting appetizers for your New Years Eve, it is important to consider
the number of guests you will have at your party. While it might be acceptable
to allow 4-5 appetizers per person when the cocktail reception is held in
conjunction with a dinner, this is not appropriate for a New Years Eve party.
Considering the duration of the New Years Eve party, the lack of more
substantial food and the alcohol consumption which is likely it is much more
appropriate to allow for 12-15 appetizers per person. Considering this large
number, you should plan on providing at least five different appetizers for
your party to ensure your guests will get to taste a wide variety of items.

When selecting appetizers for your New Years Eve party it is also important to
consider the set up of the party. If you will be providing tables and chairs
for the guests, it is appropriate to include appetizers which require a fork to
eat. However, if you will not be providing seating, it is more appropriate to
only include appetizers which can easily be eaten with the hands. You should
also consider how convenient the appetizers are to eat. There are many great
appetizers which can be quite messy or require elaborate dipping sauces. These
types of appetizers are not a great idea for a New Years Eve party where guests
are likely to be dressed quite elegantly. Sticking to items which are easy to
eat and do not result in a great deal of mess will be greatly appreciated by
all of the guests.

It is also important to consider appetizers in a number of different categories
when selecting appetizers for your New Years Eve party. In particular you might
want to consider serving both sweet and savory appetizers. If you opt to
provide both types of appetizers, you have the option of either offering both
types of appetizers throughout the evening or offering the savory appetizers
for the majority of the evening and then switching to sweet appetizers just
before midnight when the New Years Eve party is likely to end within an hour or
two. Whichever option you select it is important to plan the number of appetizer
according to your distribution strategy. For example if you plan to only offer
sweet appetizers in the last hour of two of the party, you should purchase or
prepare less of these appetizers than the savory appetizers. However, if you
will be distributing both types of appetizers throughout the evening you should
purchase or prepare a more equal distribution of appetizers.

Finally, in selecting appetizers, it is also important to consider how the
appetizers will be distributed. This is important because if you will have
servers circulating with trays of appetizers you can prepare differently than
if the appetizers will be left on a buffet table. Specifically if you plan to
offer appetizers on a buffet table, you may wish to select mostly items which
do not have to be eaten hot if you do not have a method of keeping these items
warm. However, if the appetizers will be passed by servers you can serve hot
items because the servers bring out only small portions at a time and the rest
can be kept warm in the kitchen until needed.

Requesting Formal Attire for a New Years Eve Party

If you are planning a New Years Eve party, you might want to consider
requesting your guest wear formal attire to the party. Although this is not
necessary, it can make the entire party appear more elegant and formal. It can
also help to create a more formal atmosphere for the party. When hosting a New
Years Eve party in your home, the predominant reason for requiring formal
attire is to set a particular mood or atmosphere. However, if you are hosting
your New Years Eve party at another location such as a catering hall, there may
be other reasons to necessitate formal attire. Some restaurants or catering
halls have their own requirements regarding attire. If you opt to host your
party in one of these locations, you have to ensure your guests adhere to these
requirements.

There are some important aspects to consider when you are planning to request
formal attire for your New Years Eve party. One factor to consider is whether
or not your guests will object to this requirement. This is an important
consideration especially if you have guests will opt to not attend your party
because of this requirement. Although this is not a likely scenario since most
people already consider New Years Eve to be a formal situation, it should be
considered carefully if you believe it will affect attendance at your party.
Again, if the party is hosted in your home, there will not likely be
ramifications if a guest does not wear formal attire to the party because you
will likely still allow them to attend. However, it is important to note that
if the restaurant or catering hall where you will be hosting your New Years Eve
party is implementing the dress code for your party, your guests may be turned
away if they are not dressed properly.

When requesting formal attire at your New Years Eve party, it is important to
note the attire guidelines on the invitations to ensure all guests are aware of
how they are expected to dress for your party. One of the most popular ways to
do this is to create one line on bottom of the invitation which states the
attire requirements. Popular language for this statement includes, "Formal
Attire," "Black Tie Event," or "Cocktail Attire Required." Most guests will be
familiar with this type of verbiage and will understand they are expected to
dress formally for the occasion. If you are hosting the New Years Eve party in
your home and there are no ramifications for guests who do not follow the
attire recommendations, it is sufficient to state the attire guidelines on the
invitation. However, if you are hosting the New Years Eve party in a restaurant
and catering hall and they are enforcing the attire guidelines it might be
worthwhile to make sure each guest understands these requirements. This is
important because it could result in your guests being denied entry to the
party.

There are a couple of ways you can help to ensure the guests understand the
attire requirements. One way to accomplish your goal is to follow up your
invitations with a phone call to each guest. During the phone call you can
explain the attire requirements and make it clear guests who do not adhere to
these guidelines will not be admitted. Another way to make sure guests are
aware of the situation is to include a card in the envelop which explains the
policies of the restaurant or catering hall and makes it clear that guests who
do not follow these guidelines will not be allowed to enter the party.

Since you made the decision to host a New Years Eve party, in which guests will
be required to dress formally, you have the responsibility of ensuring the event
reflects the attire. For example it would be inappropriate to require formal
attire and then serve foods which are difficult to eat and likely to result in
a mess.

Planning a Vegetarian New Years Eve Party

If you are already in the process of planning a New Years Eve party you might
want to consider making the event a vegetarian event. There are a number of
reasons why you might want to plan a vegetarian New Years Eve party. This
article will take a look at some of these reasons and will also examine some of
the unique aspects of planning a vegetarian New Years Eve party to assists hosts
who plan to throw this type of event in planning a successful party.

One of the most popular reasons a host might decide to host a vegetarian event
is because she herself is a vegetarian and she wants to share some of her
favorite recipes with her friends even if they are not all vegetarians.
Although a vegetarian may also opt to serve both vegetarian and meat based
items at the party and simply not consume any meat herself, when she opts to
exclude meat from the party it is usually for the purpose of sharing something
that is important to her with her guests.

Another reason a host might opt to throw a vegetarian New Years Eve party is to
save money on the costs of food. Hosting a party, especially for a large number
of people can be quite expensive especially if you plan to serve expensive
dishes containing meat. One way to cut down on the cost of the party is to
substitute hearty vegetarian dishes in place of the more expensive meat dishes.
If well prepared, most guests will not even miss the presence of the meat.

Still another reason a host might decide to throw a vegetarian New Years Eve
party is the exclusion of meat may fit in well with the theme of the party.
With a number of diets currently popular, a host may opt to throw a party based
on the principles of a particular diet such as the raw diet which focuses on
consuming uncooked foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts.

Regardless of the reason for throwing a vegetarian New Years Eve party, the
guest does have to do a certain amount of planning and preparation to ensure
the event is completely vegetarian. One way to do this is to consult vegetarian
cookbooks to search for recipes which will make a good edition to the party
menu. When selecting these recipes, it is important to follow each recipe
carefully and not make any substitutions. This is important because items you
may substitute into the recipes may contain animal products. Making these
substitutions will result in your dishes not being completely vegetarian.

Alternately another way to provide a vegetarian menu is to make the event a
potluck. This is especially a good idea if the majority of the guests are also
vegetarians because they likely already have a number of vegetarian recipes to
share. However, if most of the guests are not vegetarians, they may have
difficulty deciding what to bring and may also inadvertently include
ingredients with animal products in the food.

Another important thing to keep in mind when planning a vegetarian New Years
Eve party is that it is important to make sure the guests are aware of your
intentions. This is especially important if the event is going to be a potluck.
However, it is also courtesy even if you will be preparing all of the food so
the guests know what to expect when they attend the party.

Planning a Themed New Years Eve Party

If you are planning a New Years Eve party, you might also be considering having
a specific theme for your party. While a theme is not a necessary part of a New
Years Eve party or any party but it can make any party significantly more fun
and interesting. Planning a themed New Years Eve party is a great deal of fun
but it is also significantly more complicated than planning a party without a
theme just because there is more coordination involved in the planning process
and in trying to ensure all of the elements of the party fit within the theme.
This article will discuss the process of planning a New Years Eve party with a
theme and will offer samples of appropriate themes and how they can be applied.

When planning a themed New Years Eve party the host has the option to
incorporate the theme as much or as little as they wish. Examples of items
which can be incorporated into the theme are invitations, decorations, food,
beverages, music, entertainment and even the guests' attire. Guests who attend
the party have the option of fully taking advantage of the theme and dressing
or acting in a particular character during the event or simply attending the
party and enjoy the atmosphere, food, beverages and entertainment provided by
the host.

Themes for New Years Eve parties can be any theme the host selects and does not
have to relate to the holiday at all. One example of an unrelated theme is a
Western theme. The host can set the team by sending out cowboy hate shaped
invitations encouraging guests to dress appropriately for a country hoe down.
Once the guests receive the invitation, they will have an understanding of the
theme of the party. If themed parties are not popular with your circle of
friends you might want to follow up the invitations with a personal call
encouraging your guests to dress according to the theme and assuring them you
will be dressing similarly. I planning the entertainment for your party you can
consider hiring a country western band to host the party. You might even hire a
line dance instructor for an hour or two to offer group line dancing classes to
the guests. In incorporating the theme of the party in the decorations, you can
purchase hay bales to place around the room and use colored handkerchiefs for
napkins. The food at your party should also incorporate your theme. If you are
offering a sit down dinner, chili is a good choice. Stew would also be a good
option. If you plan to have appetizers, you can create theme related appetizers
by giving traditional appetizers unique names. You might refer to mini bagel
pizzas as wagon wheels or mini egg rolls as hay bales. For beverages you can
serve ice cold beer in glass mugs.

An example of a more elegant theme for a New Years Eve party might include a
red carpet extravaganza where guests are encouraged to dress like their
favorite movie star from any era. Alternately the theme could be limited to a
specific era with guests expected to dress like stars from the appropriate era.
This is a good idea for a New Years Eve party theme because many guests like to
dress in their most elegant clothing and this would give them the opportunity
to dress to impress. The theme for a New Years Eve party with this theme might
be an invitation in the shape of an elegant silver star inviting guests to join
you on the red carpet for the premier of the New Year. In decorating for this
event, the host should include a red carpet in their entryway and may want to
use a series of motion detected strobe lights to mimic the flashbulbs of
paparazzi lining the red carpet of movie premiers. This will serve to
immediately get the guests in the spirit of the party. Entertainment for the
party might include giving out New Years Eve awards to the guests in a series
of different categories and allowing guests to give a short speech as they
receive their award.

Non Alcoholic New Years Eve Party Planning

For many people New Years Eve and alcohol are synonymous. Many people simply
cannot image a New Years Eve party without alcohol but each year many people
opt to host a non alcoholic New Years Eve party. There are number of reasons
why an individual or group might decide to host a non alcoholic New Years Eve
party. These reasons might include a large number of minors at the party,
religious preferences, previous tragedies involving alcohol or simply lifestyle
preferences. Whatever the reason for hosting a non alcoholic New Years Eve
party, it is important to plan your party carefully to ensure it is a great
deal of fun for everyone who attends.

If you plan on hosting a non alcoholic New Years Eve party you should make it
clear from the early stages that the event will not include alcohol. One way to
do this is to include a statement on the invitation specifying that alcohol will
not be made available during the party and that you would appreciate it if
guests do not bring their own alcohol. Additionally, you may include a
statement specifying the reason why the even is non alcoholic but you are not
obligated to do so. In the case of parties involving minors it may seem
redundant to specifically state there will be no alcohol at the party but it is
not exactly an unnecessary step. Although minors are not permitted to drink,
unfortunately many of them find ways to sneak alcohol into parties. Furthermore
some parents even permit this outrageous behavior. Including a statement
specifying the New Years Eve party will help to reassure the other guests and
their parents that alcohol consumption will not be allowed or tolerated.

When planning a non alcoholic New Years Eve party, you still have to worry
about the type of beverages you will serve to your guests. It is not reasonable
to expect your guests to not drink any beverages during the evening so you
should provide a wide variety of non alcoholic beverages for their consumption
during the party. Some beverage ideas include sodas, water and juices.
Additionally, you might want to consider serving drinks known as mocktails.
These drinks can be made in a variety of styles, colors and flavors and are
essentially non alcoholic versions of popular cocktails such as martinis, pina
coladas and margaritas.

Although the beverages choices as a non alcoholic New Years Eve party may be
one of the most important planning issues the host has to take care of it is
certainly not the only party planning issue the host faces. It is important to
note other items such as food and entertainment will also have to be addressed.

Regardless of the type of beverages you are offering to your guests, you will
also have to plan on serving them some type of food as well during your New
Years Eve party. Although this is true of any party, it is especially important
to consider for a New Years Eve party because these parties typically last
significantly longer than other types of parties. Popular food options for a
New Years Eve party include serving a sit down dinner, offer a dinner buffet
which is open throughout the night or simply offering appetizers and sandwiches
throughout the evening. Still another option is to offer a breakfast buffet in
the early morning for the guests.

Entertainment is another factor to consider when planning a non alcoholic New
Years Eve party. Music is one of the traditional entertainment elements often
used for this type of party. Whether you hire a band, hire a DJ or play your
own music, including music and a place for guests to dance is an excellent
entertainment idea. You might also consider hiring a comedian to do a short
performance or a group of actors to put on a show to entertain your guests.

Decorating for a New Years Eve Party

Decorating for a New Years Eve party is a very important part of the party
planning. A host may spend a great of time worrying about the food and
beverages or the guest list but may not give adequate attention to the
decorations. This is unfortunate because the decorations at a New Years Eve
party can do a great deal to help set the atmosphere for a New Years Eve party.
This article will offer some advice on decorating for a New Years Eve party
including popular decorating ideas and tips for incorporating themes into the
decorations.

One of the most common decorating ideas for a New Years Eve party is to
incorporate Christmas or winter decorations into the party decorations. This is
considered acceptable because of the proximity of New Years Eve to Christmas.
Most people still have their Christmas decorations up and if they plan to host
the New Years Eve party in their home it is understandable that the decor for
the party will relate to Christmas. Decoration ideas may include a Christmas
tree with ornaments, red bows, holly, silver candlesticks and pinecones. An
assortment of pinecones in a glass bowl can make a great centerpiece for a New
Years Eve party using Christmas decorations.

Themes for a New Years Eve party do not have to follow any particular
guidelines. These parties can be based on any theme which is preferred by the
host of the party. However, when a theme is incorporated into the party
planning it is expected that the decor for the evening will reflect the theme
of the party. For example a New Years Eve party with a beach theme could
feature sand sculptures as centerpieces, plates shaped like seashells, a
decorative fishing net as a tablecloth or any other related items which may
reflect the theme of the party.

Another fun idea for decorating at a New Years Eve party is to ask each guest
to bring an item to contribute to the decor for the evening. This results in a
rather eclectic assortment of items decorating the party space but it also
greatly reduces the amount of time, energy and money the host has to spend on
decorations for the party. It also created an opportunity for guests to get to
know each other. During the course of the party the guests will have the
opportunity to view all of the decorations on display and may wonder about
where each item came from and if there is any significance to the item. Later
in the evening the guests can each have the opportunity to talk about the item
they brought and explain why it is significant to them and why they chose to
bring this particular item. This is like an adult version of show and tell.

Finally in decorating for a New Years Eve party, it is important to ensure the
decorations for the party contribute to the atmosphere but do not detract from
the party in any way. The guests should notice and appreciate the decor for the
evening but the decorations should not be the focal point of the evening. This
is important because the focus of the evening should be on the food, the
entertainment, the activities and guests socializing with each other and having
a good time.

Creating a Guest List for a New Years Eve Party

When planning a New Years Eve party, one of the most important items of
business is creating the guest list. This is important because the number of
guests you plan to have at your party will influence a number of the decisions
at the party. Some of these decisions may include the location of the party as
well as the food which will be offered. However, this is not the only reason
why it is important to create a guest list early. It is also important to do
this so you can make plans for potential conflicts which are an unfortunately
occurrence in any circle of friends. This article will discuss the mediation a
party host often has to perform and will also discuss how the guest list has an
impact on other elements of the party.

One unfortunate aspect of planning a New Years Eve party is that the host may
sometimes have to make difficult decisions when she is creating her guest list.
These decisions arise if there are guests at the party who do not get along. The
host may be friends with all of the people they wish to invite but they may also
be aware that some of their guests may not get along. This can put the host in a
difficult position when creating the guest list. If the party is going to be a
rather small event, the host may have to decide to eliminate certain people
from the guest list if they believe they will cause an incident or make the
party uncomfortable for other guests. If the event will be rather large it is
less of a concern because it is possible these people may not even see each
other at the party and if they do, they will certainly not be pressured to
interact because there will be so many other guests. However, the host will
have to use her discretion when creating the guest list and if she believes the
guests will not be able to behave maturely at the party she may choose to
eliminate one or more of the guests who is likely to cause a problem.

The guest list will greatly affect the location of the party. For example if
you plan to host a small party for only a handful of guests you will likely
have no problems hosting the party in your home. However, if you plan to invite
hundreds of guest, it can be impossible to host the party in your home, unless
you own an extremely large home. You will most likely have to rent a restaurant
or catering hall to host your party in a location which will be large enough to
accommodate all of your guests. The size of your guest list will also impact
the location you select because many locations may set a minimum on the amount
of guests required to reserve the room. This means you will have to pay for a
certain number of guests even if you do not plan to have this many guests in
attendance.

The size of your guest list will also impact the food you plan to serve at your
New Years Eve party. Planning an elaborate sit down dinner for a few guests is
relatively simple but this becomes more difficult for a larger group. If you
invite many guests you may prefer to offer a buffet or only serve appetizers
and desserts at your New Years Eve party.

Planning a New Years Eve Party for Kids

When most people think of a New Years Eve party, they picture a party with
mostly adults and do not usually think of children when considering these types
of parties. However, each year many New Years Eve parties either include kids or
are planned specifically for kids. Whether you are planning to throw a New Years
Eve party for your children or your friends or are simply planning to allow your
adult guests to bring their children to the party, there are some considerations
which must be taken when planning a New Years Eve party.

One of the most obvious considerations is alcohol consumption. Obviously it is
inappropriate to allow minors to consume alcohol so the party host should plan
on other beverages for the children at the party. They might want to consider
serving mocktails which are non alcoholic versions of cocktails. These
mocktails are a lot of fun and will help to prevent the children from being
envious of the drinks the adults are enjoying because they will have their own
fun and colorful drinks. When creating mocktails for children it is important
to focus on the presentation. Creating colorful drinks and serving them in
festive glasses is a good idea. The host should also give some consideration
for alcohol consumption for adults and might consider placing a drink
limitation to prevent the adult guests from becoming inebriated during the
party.

Food should also be carefully considered when planning a New Years Eve party
which will include children. This is important because children can be rather
picky about their food. Fortunately appetizers are perfect for New Years Eve
celebrations and most kids enjoy appetizers. Foods such as mini pizzas, hot
dogs and hamburgers are particularly popular with kids. Similarly, simple foods
such as cut up pieces of fruit or cheese or also popular with kids. The host may
wish to plan on having an assortment of kid friendly appetizers as well as more
sophisticated appetizers for the adults. One example of a cute food idea is to
have sushi for the adults and to make an appetizer resembling sushi for the
kids. This can be done by cutting the crusts of pieces of white bread,
spreading peanut butter on the bread and layering pieces of strawberry on the
peanut butter. The bread can then be rolled up and cut to resemble pieces of
sushi. The kids will enjoy having an appetizer that looks like what the adults
are eating but will also enjoy the taste of their own unique snack.

Another factor to consider when planning a New Years Eve party for kids is the
lateness of the party. Depending on the age of the children, the kids might
have difficulty staying up until midnight and may become cranky in the late
evening hours. If the children are particularly young and staying up would be
difficult for everyone, the host can consider making the event a sleepover
party and staging an early celebration for the kids. The adults can set the
clocks ahead and orchestrate a mock New Years celebration at a more kid
friendly hour such as 9:00 pm. After a brief celebration the kids can all
retire to an out of the way location, with an adult chaperone, such as a
finished basement or an upstairs bedroom. The chaperone can stay with the
children until they all fall asleep and then use a baby monitor to return to
the party while continuing to monitor the children. The adults can then
continue the party and celebrate the real New Year at midnight.

Cleaning Up after a New Years Eve Party

Most people enjoy planning and attending New Years Eve parties but cleaning up
after a New Years Eve party isn't always high on most people's lists of
favorite activities. However, if you plan to host a New Years Eve party in your
home you have to consider how you will clean up after the big event. This
article will provide a few tips for cleaning up after a New Years Eve party and
will offer some ways in which cleaning up after the party can be avoided.

One of the easiest ways to deal with cleaning up after a New Years Eve party is
to plan on hiring a maid service to assist you in the cleanup process. You can
hire them to show up later in the day on New Years so you have the opportunity
to get some sleep after the party but before the cleanup crew arrives. This
option is significantly more expensive than planning to clean up on your own
but for those who are dreading the cleanup process it can be a very worthwhile
expense.

Enlisting a few friends to assist you in cleaning up after your New Years Eve
party can also make the process much simpler. Just having a few people stay to
help you clean up can be very important because the extra people will ensure
the clean up is completed much more quickly than it would be if you did all of
the work by yourself. It can also make the work seem less tedious because your
friends are with you. In fact it may almost seem like an extension of the party
because you can continue to talk and socialize with your friends while you work.

Hosting the party at a restaurant or catering hall also makes the cleanup
process quite simple. If you are planning to host your party in one of these
locations anyway the cleanup process will be very simple. You may have some
basic responsibilities associated with cleaning up and may also have the
responsibility of ensuring your guests behave responsibly and do not destroy
the property but otherwise the staff of the restaurant or catering hall will
take care of the cleanup work and you will be free to leave at the conclusion
of the party.

Although it is not ideal, it is possible that you will end up cleaning up after
the party completely on your own. While most guests will offer to stay, you
cannot count on them to do so. In the event that you are on your own for
cleanup you have a couple of choices. You can either tackle the mess as soon as
the last guest leaves or get some sleep before starting the cleanup process.
Whichever you decide, you should try to at least make the cleanup fun. Try
turning on some music to keep you company while you work and you may find the
job is completed before you know it. You can also help to keep cleanup at a
minimum by performing small cleaning tasks throughout the evening. This will
take you away from the party for a short time during the evening but it will
reduce the amount of work you have to do the following day. It will also keep
the amount of work to be done from seeming too overwhelming.





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