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How to throw the perfect New Year’s Eve party

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Article by Nick Rinylo

Let’s face it, it’s been a long year, so we have good reason to look forward to starting afresh. And what better way to celebrate another year around the sun than hosting a party to ring in the New Year?

December 31st is a momentous date for families across the country, with many of us looking forward to hitting the reset button and leaving past failures behind. So, it’s important to start the New Year off on the right foot.

Want to know how to throw the perfect New Year’s Eve party? Read on for New Year’s Eve party ideas that will make your night unforgettable.

Set the scene with a theme

Remember, you’re not just throwing any party – you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve party. That means you need to oomph up your usual decorations and pull out all the stops to get your year off to a flying start. With this in mind, it may be a good idea to set a theme for your party. 

Be it the roaring 20s, a throwback to the 90s, 70s disco, glitter, or a masquerade ball. Whatever you choose for your New Year’s Eve party theme, make sure that it’s one you know your guests will be able to execute. Don’t forget to include the dress code on the invitations! That way, no one will stick out like a sore thumb and feel left out.

Plus, setting a theme will help you when it comes to making decisions about the rest of your party. From which balloons and decorations to buy, down to which foods and beverages to serve. Having everything tied in together will impress your guests and really make it seem like you went the extra mile.

people celebrating New Year's Eve

It’s all about the timing

Timing is everything – especially when it comes to New Year’s Eve. And it’s not just about making sure that the TV is on in time for everyone to watch the countdown together. You will also need to make sure that your guests don’t arrive too early and end up wiped out before midnight.

You’re probably wondering what time should a New Year’s Eve party start then. In a perfect world, any normal sense of time would be thrown out so that we could properly enjoy the last day of the year. But the reality is that many of us spend the final day of the year running around like headless chickens. 

So, what time should a New Year’s Eve party start? It’s wise to advise your guests to start coming over anytime after 8 pm. That way, you will have enough time to get everything sorted and your guests won’t be waiting around twiddling their thumbs. Plus, this should give you all enough time to catch up, dance and eat your heart out before the countdown begins.

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Let the games begin…

Typically, guest lists for New Year’s Eve parties don’t have to be that exclusive. Of course,  you will want to celebrate with your nearest and dearest, but there may also be other VIP guests, such as longstanding Facebook friends you have yet to meet in person and, perhaps, even the odd neighbour or two.

Bringing all these people together to celebrate could be a recipe for a night of awkward interactions. But to break the ice, why not kick the night off with a few party games. This provides a great way to liven the atmosphere once you get those awkward introductions out the way and will help your guests bond.

It’s always a good idea to choose games that will leave people in stitches and avoid any that could cause a stir or make someone feel left out. It may also be worth dotting a few different party games around the house. That way, your guests can start playing whenever the competitive mood strikes them. Not to mention, this will save you the trouble of digging them out of the cupboard if anyone spontaneously asks to play a game of Monopoly. 

Bring the festivities outside

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a fireworks display and a few sparklers. If nothing else will get your guests excited about ringing in the New Year, then this definitely will. Even the grumpiest of guests will delight in playing with sparklers and watching the fireworks

Getting your guests to gather in the garden should be pretty easy, right? As this time of year tends to be quite cold – particularly at night – you may find that many of your guests prefer to watch the fireworks from the window. 

So, how do you bring warmth outside? With outdoor heating, of course!  Plus, you can use your outdoor heating to bring a bit of light as well as warmth to your garden, so don’t be afraid to decorate your garden also.

women playing with sparklers outside

If you’re looking to keep your guests warm whilst they enjoy the fireworks this New Year’s Eve, look no further than our collection of outdoor heating.  

Hopefully, these tips on how to throw the perfect New Year’s Eve party take your hosting skills to the next level. If you want to know more about how we can help you upgrade your outdoor furniture, contact us on +44 (0)116 236 6726.