December 26, 2017

Hosting a NYE Soiree

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 Get ready...2018 is almost here!

Get ready…2018 is almost here!

I can not believe that Christmas is over! It seems like we have been preparing for weeks and in some cases, months of preparation have gone into finding the perfect gift, making the perfect meal and hanging the perfect decorations.  With all of the Christmas festivities behind us, it is time for the most exciting party of the year…New Year’s Eve!

Some years, I like to get all dolled up and hit the town. Other years, I like to stay in curled up on the couch watching the ball drop. One NYE I was hired to plan a party for a private residence and boy was that fun! Having never done a small intimate NYE party before, I really was able to stretch my creative juices. This particular client was having about 6 guests over and wanted food stations, a smores bar and plenty of festive spirit.

 Don't forget little signs help tie all of the areas together at your event. Let them know that this is the drinking area, food area, etc! 

Don’t forget little signs help tie all of the areas together at your event. Let them know that this is the drinking area, food area, etc! 

When planning your own party, whether it is a wedding or dinner party, keep in mind your guests comfort, decor, food, fun and activities to keep your guests entertained.  One way to add festive NYE cheer is to A. leave all of your Christmas (or insert holiday celebrated here) decorations up. Everything looks better with the warm soft glow of holiday lights. B. go to the party store and grab a helium tank (you can grab one for right around $30) and get a package of festive balloons. If you want to really spice things up, grab some long strings and suspend as many balloons as possible. If you want to have the balloons float along the floor, use some old fashioned lung power and blow up those balloons!

 My good friends at Balloons by Tommy is one of the best resources to create a stunning display of balloon magic. This inspiration was brought to you for a NYE party back in 2015. Contact them today for your next party or event! Click  HERE

My good friends at Balloons by Tommy is one of the best resources to create a stunning display of balloon magic. This inspiration was brought to you for a NYE party back in 2015. Contact them today for your next party or event! Click HERE

One really great trick I like to use frequently is to have some type of activity for your guests to partake in. Whether it is dancing at a wedding, crafts for a kids party or an action smores station, give your guests something to do other than mingle and drink…not that those are bad ideas either! Wink…wink. 

 Behind the scenes testing the amores bar. Click here for other ideas! 

Behind the scenes testing the amores bar. Click here for other ideas! 

When it comes to food, decide if you are going to do all of the cooking, hire a caterer or have a pot luck dinner. Sometimes, for NYE parties, the party starts after the traditional dinner hour so you can get away with cheese platters, sweets, snacks and drinks. If you are hosting a catered dinner party, keep things simple and finger food friendly. If you don’t have a table and chair for everyone, finger food is key. You can’t expect guests to use a knife and fork while standing around. Finally, if you do a pot luck, remember to keep it simple. Your friends and family will be happy to contribute, just guide them with what you are looking for so you don’t end up with 6 platters of cookies and nothing else! One easy yet simply delicious appetizer I have used is found on Sparrow & Lily and you can dive right in by clicking HERE. I can take zero credit for this, but you will thank me after. 

 Trust me, this will blow your socks off. It has quickly become one of my favorite holiday dishes. 

Trust me, this will blow your socks off. It has quickly become one of my favorite holiday dishes. 

If cranberries are not your thing, try a little guac in wonton cups instead! You can find a similar recipe HERE.

 Very easy to make, but serve immediately! 

Very easy to make, but serve immediately! 

May your days be merry and bright and your new year filled with love, light and laughter.

  1. Marybeth Loseke

    October 8th, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this excellent info! I’m looking forward tosee more blog posts!

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