Throwing a memorable New Year’s Eve fête poses
a particular challenge for avid hosts. This isn’t just
any old shindig. For some inexplicable reason, people expect
to always have a blast on New Year’s. Feeling the pressure?
There’s no need. Keep these tips in mind and your guests
will wake up on New Year’s Day with no regrets that
they chose to celebrate at your place.
Go for luxury. This is one night when
chips and salsa just won’t do. Nothing makes a guest
feel more special than being treated to delicacies like
caviar and oysters. Now is the time to break out the finest
champagne. It’s once a year, splurge.
Even if you’re just inviting a few
of your closest friends, give E-vite a rest and send out
Don’t wait until the last minute
to do your shopping. Markets are madhouses on holidays;
liquor stores invariably run out of good champagne and jack
up the prices on what’s left.
Add a little sparkle, whether it’s
a few sequins on your outfit or the candlelight shimmering
through the champagne. Make the room even more sensational
by floating dozens of pearlized helium balloons up to the
ceiling or by covering the buffet table with a glitzy tablecloth.
Jazz it up. Break out the standards like
Ella, Frank, and Tony. These classic entertainers will never
let you down and will create just the right mood.
Forget the TV. Let your party be the focal
point of the night.
Join in the revelry. Your guests will
enjoy themselves more if you’re having a blast. Give
a big smooch to the person next to you at midnight - the