There’s always a lot of pressure for New Year’s Eve to be memorable. Every year around mid-December, me and my girlfriends always ask one another what our big plans are, hoping that someone will have a brilliant idea. Because honestly, I don’t really feel like spending $100+ on a ticket so I can get into a crowded club, fighting my way to the bar for one mini sized complementary drink, and reasoning to myself the entire evening why the ticket price was so worth it. Oops; I sound too cynical. Okay if this is your thing, then hey, go for it! But if it’s not, that’s cool too, and I can completely relate.
So this year, me and my roommate decided that we’re just going to do New Year’s at our place! We figured that we could easily throw a super fun and fancy party for a mere fraction of the price that it would have cost us to go to some event. While a lot of our ideas are DIY, we decided to not cut any corners. Okay fine…maybe we will opt for a sparkling wine instead of champagne, but that’s where my frugalness ends. I swear.
I know I’m not the only one who struggles with the dilemma of how to celebrate NYE, so I decided to share our ideas for our 2015 NYE party!
Confetti wall: Cut out circles of the same size in a variety of different colours and stick them randomly on a wall of your choosing. This wall should be a focal point- perhaps the wall behind your food or drink table?
Board of memories from 2014: Especially fun if you will be partying with your group of close friends, a memory board is sure to bring lots of laughs and good times. Get yourself a large cork board and hang it up. Set up a little station with paper, different coloured markers, stickers, and thumb tacks, and encourage each of your guests to write down memorable 2014 moments to post on the board. The board will become more full (and probably more ridiculous) as the night progresses.
Resolutions Station: Set up some fancy stationary and envelopes to write down personal resolutions. These can either be shared, or sealed and kept personal for each person. Have a little jar of confetti on the table to sprinkle into your envelope.
Yummy food: No New Year’s is complete without lots of food. You can either opt to order in Chinese, a NYE classic, have some kind of themed night, or even do a potluck. And don’t forget about dessert; here’s a few of our favourites!
Drinks: It wouldn’t be New Years without drinks! You can either opt to have a signature drink for the whole night, or encourage all of your guests to bring ingredients for a different drink using the same alcohol base. Because as I’m sure you’ve learnt when you were younger, mixing is a bad idea.
Have a happy and safe New Year’s! See you in 2015!