We’ve all been to those lame-o New Year’s Eve parties, haven’t we?
Hors d’oeuvres, Champagne toast, blah-blah-blah…Happy New Year. Not this year!!! Ring in the New Year with a bang by using one of these unique party ideas.
1. Have a Ball with a Times Square Party
Arguably one of the most, if not THE most, famous New Year’s celebration occurs in the bright lights of Times Square in New York City. Whether it’s Ryan Seacrest or the classic Dick Clark, the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve party is simply where it’s at. Incorporate this NYC tradition in your New Year’s celebration this year:
- Skyline – The famed NYC skyline would be a little difficult to replicate in full, but a slice of the Big Apple will do. Google a picture of the NYC skyline and get a crafty friend to create a few of those famed skyscrapers for a dramatic tablescape background.
- Did someone say mirror ball? – I know…big surprise. But, the ball dropping must be incorporated! Use Dollar Store mirror balls as decoration and even fashion a real ball dropping for your New Year’s Eve countdown!
- Confetti – At midnight, surprise your guests with a shower of confetti, just like they do in NYC. Yes, it’s going to be messy, and you might be seeing that confetti all the way through to NEXT New Year’s Eve. But it will be so worth it!
Don’t forget the best part about NYC, the food! Serve these up in mini bites to keep your party-goers in an Empire state of mind all night.
- Grilled “Philly” New York Strip Steaks
- Pastrami and Swiss Melts
- Creamy Waldorf Salad
- New York Cheesecake
- Black & White Cookies
2. “Tick, Tock and Ya Don’t Stop” Clock Themed Party
New Year’s Eve is the only holiday where the clock striking a certain time really does matter. You pretty much have to ring in the New Year at Midnight, wouldn’t you say? An 8 p.m. New Year’s celebration just won’t cut it. Put a focus on the starring hour by incorporating clocks into your party theme:
- Clock Cupcakes – The always inventive Martha (Stewart, of course) used clocks for one of her most brilliant confections yet – the New Year’s Eve clock cupcakes. Using your favorite cupcake recipe (may I suggest champagne flavored?), make 12 cupcakes and arrange in a circle on a plate. Using a skinny decorating tip, ice the numbers 1 through 12 on the cupcakes. Create paper clock hands for the center of the plate.
- Vintage Clocks – Head to your local Goodwill or vintage thrift store and pick up an assortment of vintage clocks. Arrange the clocks down the center of the table, on each place setting, or just cluster them around the party. Be sure to turn each clock hand to midnight!
3. Around the World
Have you ever wondered what the other time zones are doing around the world to ring in the New Year? Why not have a party that showcases some international traditions? Yes, I’ll take a little education with my bubbly…
- Spain – In Spain, New Year’s Eve is known as “Ano Viejo.” The Spaniards ring in the New Year with plenty of cava and eat 1 grape on each chime of the clock at midnight, for a total of 12 grapes stuffed in your mouth at once!
- Italy – In Italy, you can wear red underwear for good luck on NYE…although I don’t know if you are having that kind of party! Celebrate Italian style in a more PG fashion by eating lentils, which are thought to bring you good fortune in the new year.
4. Dress Like Your Resolution
That’s right – express your resolution loud and clear – IN COSTUME! Invite your friends over dressed as their New Year’s resolutions, and have people figure out what they are supposed to be.
- Have fun with it! If your resolution is the standard “lose weight,” dress up in 80s style work out gear for a fun play on exercise.
- Hi my name is…. Use nametags to identify each person by their resolution. Have all the resolution nametags spread out on the table and have people guess which nametag belongs to each person. “Hi my name is ….. Eating only organic foods” – goes to the guy dressed as a leaf. Get it? It’s a great icebreaker and the scope of this is endless fun!
5. Pop the Bubbly
You can’t have New Year’s Eve without a little bubbly…even if you don’t imbibe, you’ll probably have some sparkling cider. So, celebrate with BUBBLES!
- If you can’t rent out a bubble machine, let’s be serious – you can – blow up some balloons! White and silver balloons would give off a bubblelicious and dreamy effect.
- Party Favors – Champagne Splits with personalized labels and/or small bubble bottles with personalized labels will evoke the theme of the evening!
Put Champagne in your…EVERYTHING. Obviously you’re probably going to serve Champagne, but dress it up using one of these five awesome Champagne cocktails recipes from sugarandcharm.
- Apple Champagne
- Lemon Champagne Cocktail
- Champagne and St-Germain
- Pomegranate and Orange Champagne
- Raspberry Vodka Champagne
Also, be sure to include these awesome recipes that use Champagne in unexpected places!
From bubbles to grapes, resolutions to clocks, there is no reason to not celebrate New Years with a bang! HAPPY NEW YEAR!