How to host a fabulous NYE party



Planning a NYE party? Then you need to decide on your plans, ASAP! New Years Eve is one of those events on the calendar that need to be secured early on. Why? Many events sell out in advance so if you leave it to the last minute, guests may have committed to an event or someone else’s party fairly early on.

If you haven’t decided whether or not to throw a shindig, consult your posse and make definitive plans – and now!

Go bold with your outfit
Darling, we’re toasting to a great year and welcoming an even better one – let’s go bold! Especially as the host, you don’t want to go unnoticed. You don’t have to go with the typical sequin or gold options, but aim for bright colours, exciting prints or something that’s a little out of the norm for you.Dancing is going to be on the cards, so opt for a platform heel so you can really get down and boogie.

Plan for everything and anything
Anything can happen on New Years Eve. For starters, make sure all of your guests will have a way to get home safely – even if it means having a few crash on the floor.
Other points to consider: gatecrashers, noise complaints, damages around the home (seriously, hide those expensive vases) and a big clean up on January 1st with a nasty hangover.

Food, glorious food
While you may cringe at the thought of making canapés, having food on hand means you won’t be waiting for hours upon end for the pizza delivery guy, and also means your guests are not drinking on empty stomachs.
There are so many recipes that make it look like you’ve slaved in the kitchen when you really haven’t – pork and prawn dumplings, fig and goat’s cheese puffs, baby potatoes wrapped in bacon with harissa cheese dip are just a few favourites.

Cheers to that!
Make sure you have a small selection of alcohol available – champagne is traditional but you can’t really go wrong with a homemade punch, refreshing cocktails or a premixed beverage your friends all love. It’s best to let your guests know to still “BYO” to avoid running out.

Enjoy yourself, too
Being the hostess with the mostest can sure be tiring. By pre-planning a lot of things the day before the big night (eg. decorating and food preparation), you’ll feel a lot calmer when it comes to your event. Don’t fuss over other people either – you’ve done everything to ensure your party is perfect and that your guests have a great time.