New Year’s Eve is a time of year to indulge and celebrate with those that you hold near and dear. Outside of Christmas, it is the best time to let loose and have fun during the winter. Unlike Christmas, New Year’s Eve provides only a few seconds of “planned activity.”
So what are you supposed to do with the hours before and after the “big moment”? How are you supposed to keep your guest’s entertained? Worry not; today’s post will give you 5 ideas to keep your guests entertained throughout the entire night.
Keep Everyone’s Bellies Full
Having a variety of great food is key to keeping your guests happy throughout the night. Your only constraint will be the number of guests you’re accommodating, and what they can/cannot eat.
Smaller gatherings are a great opportunity for an intimate meal. If you’re expecting a much more lively atmosphere, then smaller snacks would be a safer bet. Regardless, you want there to be food that will last for a few hours. The Food Network provides some amazing New Year’s Eve recipes if you aren’t sure where to begin.
Setting the Tone with Music
It was not too long ago that you would have to spend days putting together mixtapes for a New Year’s Eve party. With streaming services like Spotify available for any device it is now easier than ever to set up a playlist for your party. It’s important that you cater to your audience when building your playlist. You don’t want to throw the oldies onto a playlist for a party of teenagers (unless they’re into that of course).
Timing is something else you will want to consider. Setting the mood at different times of the night is key. You want to build up to the New Year, stay festive for a little while past midnight, and then wind things down throughout the early morning. Proper planning is key here!
You’re going to have a lot of downtime throughout the night. A good host knows when to let guests mingle, and when to get everyone together and busy. Party games are a great way to keep your guests entertained, to allow people who wouldn’t normally interact to get to know each other, and to learn fun new activities. The games you can play are limitless, from board games to drinking games and everything in between with gifts up for grabs from Silver and Pewter if you’re feeling generous.
Changing Up Your Celebration
It’s easy to fall into the trap of creating a cliché New Year’s Eve party involving food, drinks, midnight kisses, and little else. If you want to spice up your party, then taking things “worldwide” would be a good idea. Different cultures like to ring in the New Year in other ways. You and your friends/family have an opportunity to expand your horizons by trying out new traditions.
By syncing up these new traditions with the New Year hitting specific areas (say, India or Japan), you give the younger ones a chance to get involved as well. Do your research beforehand, and make sure you remain respectful to whatever culture you are emulating. It’s great to explore other cultures, but you don’t want to treat them as a novelty.
Ditching the Party Altogether
Some of you are stressing while reading this article. You’re not much of a party person, but feel obligated to have a party on New Year’s because that’s what people do. You’re being given permission here and now (although you’ve always had it) to buck the trends and not have a New Year’s Party.
It’s good to gather with those you care about and do something, but you can decide what that something is. Maybe you just have a movie night with your family. A dinner party with some close friends is a great idea as well. You could even gather a group and go ring the New Year under the stars in nature. The world is your oyster, and you should finish the year doing something that makes you happy.
This piece lists just a few of the things that you can do to spice up your New Year’s Eve party. Fixing fancy food, playing great music, playing fun games, indulging in new cultures, or bucking trends are all great choices. You’re in charge of the party, and you have a bit more time to get everything together. Start brainstorming today and you’ll have the perfect event prepared to ring in 2019.