New Year’s Eve Party Plan!
Planning a New Year’s Eve party can be energizing or exhausting. We collected secrets from the party pros to avoid the latter and help make this the best New Year’s Eve yet, whether you’re a party-thrower or a party-goer!
If you’re going to toast the New Year with alcohol TheKitchn.com offers up some great advice for “booze on a budget.”
Delish has some easy and exotic recipes for holiday punch. You’ll see Sparking Pear-Prosecco and Cranberry-Mint Holiday Punch, but if you want to pop the bubbly, Delish also offers up some unexpected New Year’s drinks, like Grapefruit Mimosas and Orange-Cherry Champagne Cocktails. And don’t miss these 46 party-perfect appetizers to keep your party people fueled!
New Year’s Party Ambience
For decorations, you can get confetti balloons and noisemakers at the nearest Party City (Lone Tree) or Party America (Parker), but if you want to make your own, Martha Stewart will show you how right here. She’s made the tutorials for bubbly balls and glittering streamers, party hats and noisemakers easy to follow. And Pinterest is an endless source of inspiration for party looks, favors and food.
New Year’s Party Games
If you’re having just a few friends over, plan some entertaining games to keep the fun on tap. Real Simple has a Guess My Resolution game, with downloadable playing cards, and Pinterest has 1,000s of games you can print and play on New Year’s Eve.
The best family board games, according to Good Housekeeping, include Memory Yoga – complete with combined poses for you to try, and Suspicion – a modern take on the vintage game Clue. The top bestsellers on Amazon are Suspend, Pie Face! and Qwerkle. Just check out the descriptions to see which one best fits your fam.
For kids, the DVD games that strike a contented chord with the younger set are Scene It? Harry Potter Edition and Scene it? Disney edition (although, adults will find Scene It? editions for them, too, like Seinfeld, The Simpsons and Star Trek).
If apps are your go-to entertainment accessory, try Party Noisemaker, which turns your iPhone into what else? A noisemaker. Or download New Year’s Countdown which counts down to the witching hour with a fireworks finale at midnight, or the Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball app and live stream the festivities from the Big Apple.
Tips for Shy Party-Goers
For the introvert who would rather curl up with the latest bestseller, than party the night away, here are a few tips so you can enjoy yourself. There were a couple of semi-silly suggestions like, “It’s easier to enter an argument than a conversation, so find one and pick a side!” and “Take a lot of bathroom breaks.” We doubt those are helpful, but “Have an exit strategy,” and “Give yourself a time limit,” seem like great advice!
A New Year in Crystal Valley
Ring in the New Year with a brand new home in the Castle Rock master-planned community of Crystal Valley. The floor plans in the ranch and two-story models from Richmond American Homes are great for parties of any size, priced from the $300s.