How to Ring in the New Year with Style

Monday, December 29, 2008 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized

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Just as one celebration draws to a close, another is set to begin. Whether hosting a countdown party or watching the ball drop with family and friends, rev up your revelry with these tips and tricks for a memorable New Year’s Eve.

Set the Mood
What would New Year’s be without noisemakers, confetti and paper hats? Make sure you stock up on the necessities well in advance. If you’re planning a party, have guests RSVP so you know how many accessories you’ll need. Bored of plastic bowler caps and black and white streamers? Consider a theme like “Casino Night” or “the Roaring Twenties” and encourage guests to dress as high rollers or flappers.

Perennial Provisions
Since large meals are traditionally slated for New Year’s Day, stick to snacks and finger foods the night before. If you’re expecting a large crowd, ask everyone to bring something. Chips and dip are fail-proof countdown fare; but for more discerning palettes, stock up on frozen hors d’oeuvres or deli platters. Buy champagne the day before so it has ample time to chill. If you want to really impress your guests, seek out one of several “grower champagnes”—small-batch reserves from a single vineyard—fast becoming the latest craze with many available for less than $45.

Let the Party Begin!
All eyes will be on the TV when the countdown begins, but what about before? Keep the energy up with group game or activity. Challenge guests to charades or trivia. If board games aren’t your thing, try a word game. Start with an open-ended phrase like “2008 was a big year for…” and have guests add a new word for every letter in the alphabet while repeating what’s already been said. Have some fun with resolutions. Gather guests’ handwritten resolutions for a drawing to see if others can identify who pledged what.

However you plan to welcome the New Year, keep in mind the best plans are those kept safe, pure and simple. Here’s to a wonderful holiday and a happy 2009!

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