Similar to the celebration on 25th December, New Year’s is one of the few times per year that friends and family members come together for a party. Unfortunately, unlike Christmas, a New Year’s party can be trickier to plan. While Christmas has a strong theme, New Year’s is based purely around a ten-second countdown to midnight.
If you are hosting a New Year’s party this year, you may find yourself struggling to come up with an inspirational party idea. Fear not! Here are four top party ideas to help keep family and friends entertained until the countdown and well into the first few hours of the New Year.
1. Cater to Your Guests
Dependent on the number of guests you are catering for, New Year’s Eve can allow you to be flexible regarding the amount of food being prepared for the party. If the gathering is a small one, it can be great to prepare a full meal for the guests with classic mint julep cups because, unlike Christmas, you are able to be as creative as you want regarding the menu. If you are planning a party with numerous guests, then it might be better to choose a range of nibbles allowing the guests to eat as much as their tummies can hold. For inspiration on what food to serve, consider the recipes on the Food Network.
2. Choose Some Fun Party Games
Planning a party game is highly dependent on the guests you have invited. A festive idea is to create cards for all the guests to fill in, which is a creative take on the New Year’s resolution idea; but make them as silly as you like. When the cards are filled out, anonymously, read them out and play a game of guessing who wrote which card. However, if you are having a smaller party, when not make an end of year quiz by pitting the guest’s wits against the other.
3. Celebrate a Global New Year’s
This is a wonderful option for both children and adults because it allows everyone to enjoy the countdown while creating opportunities to learn how other countries celebrate entering the New Year. Begin by preparing which other New Years’ you would like to celebrate. For example, according to the time zone difference, India is 6:30 pm London time; whereas Moscow, Russia is 9 pm London time. Germany is 11 pm London time, along with many other European countries.
Not only will enjoying these New Year celebrations provide children who are too young to remain awake for midnight the chance to celebrate, but it also provides you with room to be creative. Try preparing food for guests based on the countries you choose to celebrate and have guests nibble on these traditional dishes. For example, why not enjoy a hearty beer and schnitzel when the German New Year is waved in? If you are considering celebrating Russia’s countdown and seeing the New Year in with Moscow, while your clock strikes 9 pm, then why not down a shot of vodka and chant “S Novin Godom!” along with the others (on the other side of the world, that is!)
4. Have an Alternative Celebration
If you are not keen on the standard procedure of New Year’s Eve Parties, then why not attempt a more alternative celebration? If you wish to celebrate using a low-key event, why not take opt for a small dinner party? If cooking is not your forte, then why not choose a movie marathon alternative with some family and friends? Put together a list of all your favourite movies and ensure that the popcorn, crisps and dip are available – don’t forget the drinks! If it is an adult affair you are after, and then choose some drinking games to play as part of the celebration. For inspiration, check out the Drinking Cinema.
Along similar lines, attempt to put your tablet and smartphones away for the evening and use the time to play some classic board games. If you enjoy dressing up, you might be tempted to throw a fancy dress party using any theme you desire as a New Year’s event. Why not opt for a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings party? It is your alternative New Year’s event and you have the right to do whatever you feel is best!