Not everyone plans parties weeks in advance. Sometimes you’re just sure you’re going to have a quiet evening at home when you suddenly decide you just have to host a party. There’s still time to pull together a shindig everyone will love with these tips on how to throw a great last minute New Year’s Eve Party!
Of course you’ll want party hats and noisemakers but there are other things you can do to make your party a success!
The Penny Hoarder suggests that you invite your guests to show up at 9 or 10 o’clock. That way you don’t have to serve dinner. This frees your guests to have a romantic dinner for two and still make the party. Serve champagne, punch, and dessert.Try this amazing ginger ale, orange liqueur, cranberry, basil punch from Cook the Story!
These cute cupcakes from the Today Show look great and are easy to make!
Drop the Ball Cupcakes
- 1 package Oreos, finely crushed
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup white candy melts
- 1 package 4.5-inch white lollipop sticks
- 1 package silver edible luster dust
- Vanilla cupcakes with silver or metallic cupcake liner
Directions: In a food processor, crush Oreos until a fine crumb is reached. Mix cream cheese and Oreo crumbs until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls and insert popsicle stick. Place on waxed paper. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Dip into melted white chocolate, being sure to cover the truffle completely. Place on waxed paper and sprinkle with silver luster dust. Refrigerate until firm. Place in cupcakes.
Or make it really easy on yourself and decorate a store bought round cake like a clock using icing or small wooden numbers!
Present your guests with these DIY champagne glasses from Something Turquoise.
Celebrations.com has a fun idea for Confetti Balloons. To create a DIY Confetti Balloon Bar, you just need a few items. Just lay out sparkly confetti in bowls, an array of balloons, and paper cones (create a cone with just a piece of construction paper and tape!). Your guests can make their own confetti balloons! Then at midnight everyone can pop the balloons for a fun burst of confetti!
Dress up your snacks in tuxedos! These cute Tuxedo Crackers from the Today Show are super simple to make and perfect for New Year’s Eve!
1 package of round crackers
Laughing Cow Cheese wedges
1 red pepper (optional)
Directions: Place cheese slice on round cracker. Cut olives in half and remove skin. Place the end of a straw into the olive skin and press down. Remove circle cut-outs. Place 3 olive circles vertically down cheese slice. Use scissor to cut out bow tie. Place above olive buttons. Optional: add in red pepper bow ties.
Make it a Pajama Party! Tell your guests to show up in (appropriate) pj’s for a fun, relaxed atmosphere. And if anyone over-imbibes they are already dressed to stay off the roads and spend the night!
Set up a DIY photo booth. Buy some inexpensive disposable cameras, get a large frame from a second hand store or make a backdrop with some construction paper and printed photos (like a New York City skyline). You can raid your own closet for props or ask guests to bring some wild props from home.
If your friends have kids you can set up a separate area for them to enjoy their own party. Have a TV, DVD player, and kid-friendly movies. A table for playing cards and board games is also a good way for the kids to entertain themselves. You can even ask the parents to bring their kid’s favorite snack and the group can share them. And since we know the kids won’t stay up all night have them bring a pillow and blanket to snuggle down while they watch a movie.
A fun game for the adults is to have them write down something that no one else knows about them. It might be that they were in a college musical or that they were outstanding athletes in their younger days. Then read each one and let everyone guess which secret belongs to which guest.
Be sure to have non-alcoholic beverages available. Sparkling white grape juice is a great substitute for champagne and soda pop, water, juices, and even milk will be appreciated by your non-drinking friends.
Although many people think candles are a lovely way to light a New Year’s Eve party you want to be very careful with them. The last thing you want is a New Year’s Eve house fire! Consider using lower wattage bulbs or even colored light bulbs instead of candles.
Be sure to have great music! Try Pandora to create a fabulous playlist!
Decorating doesn’t have to be complicated. Use leftover Christmas wrapping paper to cover serving trays and Christmas lights strung around the room. Curl ribbon and hang it from the ceiling or cut out snowflakes from plain white paper and hang them.
Make glass markers so your guests won’t have to guess which drink is theirs. You can put a strip of Washi Tape on each glass and use a sharpie marker to write the guests names or, if you’re using stemmed glasses you can tie a thin ribbons in various color around the stems. Just be sure you have enough colors so guests aren’t sharing a color and end up sharing a glass!
And, probably the most important tip; collect your guests’ car keys when they arrive so if anyone shouldn’t drive you don’t have to argue about getting the keys with an intoxicated person.