Throwing a gala New Year’s Eve party is a great way to ring in the new year with friends and family. Don’t settle for ho-hum when you plan your event. Pick a New Year’s party theme that guests will enjoy and plan a festive evening that is sure to generate special memories.
Choose an Era
Go back in time to a bygone era to set the scene for your party. The hopping ’50s, the Roaring ’20s or the rocking ’70s are all possible eras that you could choose for your party. Whichever era you select, make it real with music from the decade and decorations that match. Rent a jukebox for a ’50s party or hang a disco ball for a ’70s gala.
An Evening of Gaming
Ring in the New Year with a game night. Charades can get everyone jumping as they play in teams to win fun prizes you thoughtfully provide. A casino theme with poker and black jack can keep guests happily entertained. Pull out the board games and set up multiple game stations around the room for guests. Don’t forget a video gaming station where guests can spend time exploring the video games you have in your collection.
Costumes aren’t just for Halloween. Have your guests pull them out again for your New Year’s Eve party. A costume ball can be a swanky success if you provide music and clear an area for dancing. Create a theme for the costumes — animals or famous people, for example — or keep it simple and let guests come in whatever costume they choose. Award a prize to the best costume or best-dressed couple.
Don’t forget the youngsters in your New Year’s celebrations. Sponsor a movie night and show family-friendly movies while serving popcorn and movie theater candy. Kids can also have fun with crafting projects that they use during the party, making party hats or noisemakers. For the kids who can’t sit still, set up a pinata full of trinkets or treats in your largest room or garage and have them take turns taking a whack at it.
It may be frigid outside, but your New Year’s Eve festivities don’t have to be frosty. Go with a tropical party theme and encourage guests to arrive in tropical attire — Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and flowered dresses. Decorate with tropical decor such as palm trees, tiki huts and colorful flowers. Greet your guests with plastic leis. Serve island drinks with umbrellas and feast on tropical fare such as kabobs and summer fruit.
If weather permits, there’s no reason to hang out indoors on New Year’s Eve. Plan a backyard bonfire and serve summer favorites including hotdogs, hamburgers and potato salad. Fill coolers full of summer drinks or set up an outdoor bar for guests. Light the backyard with tiki torches to complete the scene.