Ten New Year’s Eve Party Tips

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is really over and 2011 is right around the corner! My husband and I have a tradition of inviting our friends and family {and church family} over to our home on New Year’s Eve. We love to entertain and haven’t done it enough lately.  This year, we’re sort of between houses currently, but we are still hosting the par-tay!

I’m getting really excited about taking down Christmas decor and putting out a few things to decorate for New Year’s Eve!

10 Tips To A Fabulous New Year’s Eve Party

1.  Keep It Simple

Don’t outdo yourself.  Seriously, didn’t we just come through Christmas? You and your family and your guests will enjoy themselves at a simple party.

2.  Invite Friends

Keep your guest list to people you truly enjoy being with.  Chances are that you just had some stressful family times, so make your New Year’s party comfortable and as stress-free as possible!

3. Keep Decorations Minimal

Don’t put away all the Christmas decorations just yet.  Use silver and gold ornaments to fill vases for New Year’s! Last year, I arranged a display of various clocks on my piano. It was a cute, easy display.

4.  Functional Favors

It’s fun to use party horns to decorate and they are perfect for ringing or blasting in the New Year. Functional decor rocks!

source: martha stewart

5.  Fabulous Food

Each year everyone brings their favorite appetizer or hors d’oeuvres.  We always end up with a fabulous spread including some of the following:


If you’re in a cupcake mood, check out these amazing cupcake wrappers & toppers by Paper Scissors Cake.  They are GORG!

6.  Cozy Drinks

My hubs is a coffee connoisseur, so we always have plenty of that and apple cider. Also, sparkling water and sparkling grape juice sound pretty awesome right about now!

7.  Fun Games

Our favorite group games are Four On A Couch, Apples To Apples, Catch Phrase & Taboo. We love to laugh and our parties are never quiet.  Fun!

8.  Time To Reflect

At some point in the evening, we all share something that we are thankful for from 2010.  It’s exciting to look back at the year and what God’s done in our hearts and lives. It’s equally exciting to look ahead to a brand new year!

9.  Fireworks To Ring…or Boom In The New Year

I think our older neighbors probably jump out of their skin when we set off fireworks at midnight.  One family always brings their “canon” which totally ka-booms sooooo loud!  Last year it was so cold outside that I watched the fireworks from inside the house. Ha!

10.  Sleep In On New Year’s Day

Did someone say sleep in?  Oh yes, glorious thought!  We usually relax on New Year’s Day and have a wonderful, ham and black eyed peas dinner at my parents’ house. I love traditions!

What is your favorite New Year’s tradition?

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  1. I can’t think of any New Year’s traditions that we have, except that we usually try to start reading a new book together as a couple. And I’ve already forgotten which one my husband chose for this year.

    I appreciate the party ideas. We have company coming to stay with us this weekend, so it might be fun to try a sampling of your suggestions here. Thanks!
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  2. We used to have friends who had a yearly shindig, but when we all started having kids, that died out. Now, my hubby and I have our “us” weekend over New Years. The girl ALWAYS has New Years at her Grandparents with all the other cousins. Not sure what the plan is this year, but I’ll be with My Sweetie so I don’t care where we are.
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