When you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve party, some of the work is done for you. You have a theme (the new year), you’ll serve the classic drinks (champagne), and you’ll buy enough noisemakers for everybody.
That’s what anyone would do when planning an NYE party – so how are you going to make your party stand out? The best way to do so is to use the best vendors.
Who’s to say that throwing a great NYE party isn’t just as important as throwing a great wedding? Both signify the start of a new chapter of life.
Ready to stand out from the crowd?
Plan (Way) Ahead
Just like when you’re planning a wedding, you need to book your vendors at least one or two months ahead of time. If you can do it sooner than that – that’s even better.
New Years’ Eve parties are common, and if you don’t book your vendors beforehand, you won’t have many (or any) left to choose from.
How to Book Vendors Without Stressing Out
One of the hardest things about planning a party of any kind is trying to find a vendor for everything. The caterer is on one site, the florist is on another, and the DJ has a site of their own too.
Even though you’re just clicking around on the computer, finding those vendors can make you feel like you’re a chicken with its head cut off.
Skip the craze and find an event services directory in your area. They have all the local vendors you need listed in one place, for the best price.
Get a Professional DJ
Sure – you could pull up a New Year’s Eve party playlist on a streaming service and call it a day, but that’s not what a good host does. Plus – the playlist won’t be there to announce things like when it’s getting close to midnight, when snacks are being served, or that there’s a green car blocking the neighbour’s driveway.
If you want extra host points (and who doesn’t), you can ask your guests to write down a song request when they first arrive at the party. That list then goes to the DJ who has a “safe” list of songs to use for the rest of the night.
Their services are cheaper than you think, and it costs nothing to get a quote.
Have a Photo Wall (Or a Photobooth)
People don’t leave their house unless they’re going to get a picture out of it. At least, that’s the truth if your friends have Instagrams and are under 35.
The best thing you can do is hire a professional photo booth service for your party, but if you can’t do that – at least set up a picture wall.
A picture wall is a clear place in your house where the photo booth will get set up with an exiting background. Most people go for metallics like silver and gold, but don’t be afraid to lighten it up.
The more colourful the backdrop, the more likely people will be to use it.
If you don’t want to go through all the work of creating your own, photo booth companies have a range of backgrounds and props you can choose from.
If you’re hiring a professional and you have something in mind, send them a screenshot or a link to the inspiration. They’re there to work with you!
Make Non-Alcoholic Drinks Available
Let’s be honest – most of our friends aren’t partying into the early hours of the morning anymore. When you’re an adult, making it to midnight is a lot harder than it used to be.
And drinking champagne starting at 9 pm won’t help with the sleepiness.
Keep your guests awake and going by offering a few non-alcoholic beverages they can switch off with. Not only will it help the avoid starting their year with a hangover, but it will help them stay awake for the big moment!
Provide Something to Do
One mistake a lot of hosts make is not setting up a game or other activity. It doesn’t have to be a party-wide planned thing, but having cards or other party games set up somewhere will help there be less awkward party downtime.
Cards Against Humanity, Drunk, Stoned or Stupid, or a simple pack of playing cards are all excellent options.
Serve Snacks, Not a Meal
Usually, when you have a party catered, you have a sit-down dinner. But since NYE parties start so late at night, there’s no reason to pay for full plates.
Instead of serving dinner, have a selection of semi-filling professional hors d’oeuvres available.
That way, people will have something in their stomach, so they don’t get too toasted off the alcohol, but they won’t have the after-dinner digestion coma so common at dinner parties.
If you keep the food options light and fresh, the party’s mood should stay that way too.
Provide a Momento
Whether it’s a party hat, pictures they can take home from the photo booth, or something else you want to give your guests something to remember your party by.
It doesn’t have to be expensive or intricate – just a small trinket to thank them for spending their holiday with you.
Your Amazing New Year’s Eve Party
If you follow the tips above, you should have a great party on your hands. Just make sure it doesn’t get too great (aka, out of hand).
Encourage everyone to get a safe ride home and wait until the next day to clean up.
It’s going to be the best new year!
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