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to Make Your New Year's Eve Party Memorable
Year's Eve parties are a fun and festive way for friends,
family and co-workers to get together and enjoy some good
food, good drink and good company as you welcome the new year.
Each holiday season, the first few parties are always a novelty,
but by New Year's Eve, some people may start suffering from
holiday party fatigue.
the many parties being thrown this holiday season, here are
some tips and easy things you can do to help make your New
Year's Eve gathering unique, memorable and run as smoothly
Develop a seating plan for dinner so guests can sit with people
that they don't always get to talk with or know very well.
This will help keep conversations flowing throughout the night.
Once everyone has arrived, take a digital photo of the entire
group. You can then print out the picture on a photo printer, then give each guest a copy of the picture
as a memento when they leave.
Create a themed signature drink that can be pre-made and handed
out to guests as the walk in the door. It can be something
festive to reflect the holidays like the Happy New Year cocktail or the Resolution Martini.
Have an Open house! Have a casual gathering where friends are invited
to simply "drop by." Stagger the arrival of guests so that
you don't have to entertain too many people at one time.
Food. Avoid wearing yourself out with cooking. Have plenty of finger foods, make ahead dishes, or serve foods
that are eaten at room temperature and can stay out for the
Space. Have lots of space for people to mingle, and plenty
of places where guests can sit and relax. If you plan to ring in the New Year in front of the TV, also be sure to have plenty of chairs or comfy floor pillows where guests can sit.
Atmosphere. Your party should be festive, enjoyable and relaxing.
Play your favorite holiday music and spend time with your
guests rather than stressing over little details.
Jensen, professional bartender, offers the following easy
steps that accommodate most drink requests from guests, while
offering two or three specialty cocktails that tie in with
the holiday theme.
Take stock and make a shopping list of what you need.
Stock a selection of red and white wine, beer and premium
Have a good assortment of mixes and garnishes, such as soda
water, pop, juices, fresh limes, cocktail olives, maraschino
cherries and lots of ice.
Don't forget the right accessories including martini shaker
and strainer, measured shot glasses, corkscrew, a variety
of tall and martini glasses, cocktail sticks and a paring
knife for cutting garnishes.
a pitcher of pre-made drinks in advance, or put out a champagne punch bowl that guests can serve themselves. Slightly reducing the amount of alcohol in the first
round of drinks ensures that your party will get off to an
easy pace. Responsible serving is the key to a safe and enjoyable
Have Fun. The best parties are when the host has as much fun
as the guests, so plan ahead and let yourself have a good