New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and it’s going to be a big one. Not only is it the start of a new year, but also a new decade, so that surely warrants an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party?
2020 is upon us, and there’s no time like the present to plan a celebration that will ensure you and your loved ones see the new decade in with a bang. Unfortunately, NYE can often be a letdown, but that’s often because people fail to plan ahead and just hope for the best. In this post, we’ll provide the blueprint for a New Year’s Eve party to remember!
Plan, Plan and Plan Some More
We already mentioned it above, but it’s worth reiterating again and again — a fantastic New Year’s Eve party requires an abundance of planning, especially if you’re going for something that is a few steps above a casual gathering. But even if you’re not, you need to establish exactly how many guests will be attending your party and ensure there’s enough food and drink to go around. The importance of the latter cannot be stressed enough as you’ll quickly lose numbers if your guests are hungry and lack sufficient amounts of alcohol to make it a merry affair.
A vital part of planning is making sure your intended guests have enough notice. Otherwise, they will receive another invite and your New Year’s Eve party will swiftly be demoted to a casual get together. If you’re looking to include something special — like a professional bartender, for example — you need to organise this sooner rather than later. Last-minute planning is way more stress and effort than it’s worth. So plan ahead and enjoy your night.
Is There Going to Be a Theme?
Good question! Is there going to be a theme for your New Year’s Eve party? If so, it’s an excellent way to inject some excitement into the evening and make it a more immersive experience for your guests. With that said, it’s crucial to choose a theme everyone will appreciate and get a kick out of. If you’re looking to make it a more classy affair you can’t go wrong with a Gatsby theme, or — on the other end of the scale — why not opt for a pyjama party? You could also celebrate the end of the year with a “best of 2019” theme. The options are endless, but whatever you decide, give your guests plenty of time to sort out their outfit.
Food Glorious Food
No matter if you’re planning a dinner party or intend to put on a spread of hearty snacks, an unforgettable party needs to have memorable food. A buffet is an ideal solution as it provides enough variation to suit everyone’s preferences as well as their dietary needs — and it also means you won’t spend your evening in the kitchen. A buffet gives you the freedom to be as casual or fancy as you want when it comes to food choices. If you do decide you want to cook dinner, pick something relatively simple but also creative. The last thing you need is the anxiety of preparing a complicated menu when you should be excited for a night of fun.
Alcohol Needs to Be Accessible and Abundant
At Cocktails and Bar Events, we know a thing or two about planning parties and the importance of providing guests with a good supply of alcohol. As standard, you’ll want to stock up on beer, wine and champagne for the NYE countdown. But that’s a bit basic, isn’t it? If your New Year’s Eve party is going to be one to remember you’ll want to do something special and we can help you with that.
Our cocktail bar hire service provides a customisable cocktail package with your own custom drinks menu, full mobile bar hire and all the equipment you need to keep your guests’ cocktail glasses topped up at all times. Our professional mixologists will also be on hand to provide lavishly garnished drinks that look as delicious as they taste. Having a professional making the drinks will allow your guests to socialise without the time or effort of making cocktails.
Make Sure there are Activities
One thing that will quickly kill the joy of any party is boredom. A New Year’s Eve party tends to go on for longer than your average celebration, so it’s essential to keep your guests thoroughly entertained, rather than passing the time until the countdown at midnight. Depending on numbers, you could set up board games or card games for an entire group, or you could strategically place games around the room for those who want to partake and allow the others to continue socialising. If you are struggling for inspiration, the internet is a fountain of ideas NYE activities.
Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party and want to make sure it’s one to remember? At Cocktails and Bar Events, we provide a vast range of bar hire services to suit many different needs and occasions. Get in touch today to discuss your needs with one of our account handlers.