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How to Throw the Ultimate New Year's Eve PartyChristmas is officially over and that can mean only one thing- it’s nearly time to ring in the New Year. With bars, clubs and pubs cashing in on the event, you can often end up spending your entire night in a crowded venue, waiting in a queue for the bar and frittering away piles of cash. This year, why not avoid the crowds and keep celebrations a little closer to home by throwing the ultimate New Year's Eve party in your own abode? So, if you haven’t been worn out by the Christmas festivities and want some top tips on how best to plan your NYE soiree, then look no further as we've gathered together a few of our top tips to help host the best New Year's Eve party, ever!
Keep it SmallOne of the best ways of ringing in the New Year is to celebrate with your nearest and dearest, so our first piece of advice is to choose your guests wisely. Try and avoid inviting your entire Facebook friends list and keep it to a handful of close friends and family. This is a great idea especially if the party is to be held at your home as it gives people plenty of room to circulate as well as providing opportunity to mingle with your guests and enjoy the spoils of your party preparation. It’s also a great way to keep costs down if you’re keeping an eye on the purse strings after a particularly splurgy Christmas!
Eats & TreatsIt’s worth keeping in mind that most of your guests are still likely to be recovering from Christmas food overload, so keep it simple and stick to nibbles and light bites. This will make it quicker and easier for you to prepare as well as allowing your guests to tuck in across the whole evening. A fun idea is to create some do-it-yourself dishes such as steamed pork buns or Mexican dips and tortillas which will allow you to prepare the various elements ahead of time and leave your guests to construct their own with their chosen toppings. A cheese board is another easy to prepare option. Simply arrange a selection of different cheeses, grapes, crackers and breads on a large wooden board and let your guests help themselves.
TipplesThe first tipple that springs to mind when thinking about planning a New Year's Eve party is champagne. It’s great for the all-important toast when the clock strikes 12, but if you’re watching your budget, prosecco is a great alternative. For something a little different, you can add a fruity twist to your bubbles by squeezing pomegranate juice into each glass with a sprinkling of seeds for a quick and easy champagne cocktail. If you’re feeling creative, you could create your own unique cocktail for the evening. Make it personal with your favourite flavours and a catchy name for a drink that will keep your guests talking even once the party is over! For the designated drivers, a non-alcoholic punch made with a blend of fruit juices and some sparkling water is the perfect way to help them feel part of the festivities.
Decorative EffectThe good news is that you don’t have to spend a huge amount on decorations to make your New Years Eve one to remember. Being so close to Christmas, you can utilize many of the festive decorations that will already be displayed around your home, with fairy lights, wreaths and even the Christmas tree adding to the cosy atmosphere. An attractive and cost-effective way to decorate is to arrange candles in clusters all around the house using a variety of jars, lamps and candle holders. As the old adage goes, everyone and everything looks better by candlelight, so this is a great way to create an atmosphere without having to raid the party supplies shop.
Say Cheese!Why not consider setting up your own photo booth so that you and your guests can mark the last moments of the year in style. It doesn’t have to be a costly affair either. You can create a simple backdrop with a fringed metallic curtain while sets of cardboard props can be purchased online. All you need to do then is set up a digital camera on a tripod. You could even have your guests use their smartphones to take their photos, upload to Instagram and use the same hashtag so that all of the photos are available for everyone to see online. If you like the sound of any of our party tips or have any of your own, share them with us via Facebook or Twitter. We hope you have a good 'un and be sure return to us in 2016 for yet more awesome foodie and lifestyle content. Happy New Year from all at Tower! x