New Year's Eve is just around the corner; are you ready to host this year’s party? With the rush of turkey trimming, gift shopping, and a calendar full of parties, the holidays can take a toll. Hosting a New Year's Eve party is the last thing on your list once Christmas day passes without incident. But there's no need to worry, we’re here to help! With these simple tips, recipes, and cocktails you'll be counting down in style and your guests will be begging for an invite next year.
Planning ahead makes everything easier and helps you feel in control at every stage of the party. No one knows your space better than you do, so keep this in mind when deciding how many people to invite, and make sure to tally in a few more for guests who bring a date or pop in at the last minute. Once you've got your list nailed down, live by it.
After you've got a grip on the numbers, make a menu that fits your night. Are you planning on cocktails and dessert? Full dinner? How about potluck? Resist the urge to try new dishes, now is the time to trot out recipes you love and feel comfortable making. Write out a full grocery list and make yourself a timeline. Start backwards: if the party starts at 7, food, drinks, and decor should be done by 6. What do you need to make that happen? Include every detail, it's your private list and you'll get satisfaction from crossing off every line. A good list is like a novel. It may require multiple drafts. Give yourself three to four weeks to start jotting down ideas.
First, settle on a theme or color palette for your décor and pull from what you have already, dishes, glasses and tablecloths. Mix bright and bold colors or combine sparkles with a metallic accent. Even combining coppery tones with a rich turquoise helps to create a shabby chic look.
Mix your vintage dishes with new serving plates – don’t be afraid to mix it up and scour your local thrift store or dollar store for missing piece.
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