How to Throw the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party: Ideas and Tips for Hosts

New Year’s Eve is a night of extravagance and wonder. It’s time to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. Most of all, it’s the best night of the year for parties and celebrations. So, if you’ve decided to host this special night, you’ll want to plan much more than watching the ball drop. After all, throwing the ultimate New Year’s Eve party is no easy feat. Still, with careful planning, you can end the year with a spectacular soiree.

Ok, so, you want to throw a themed party that your guests will remember for years to come, right? Or, perhaps you want to focus more on drinking games that will keep your friends laughing well into the night. No matter how you choose to celebrate, great fun and delicious drinks should be your top priority. Here’s a breakdown for throwing the ultimate New Year’s Eve party.

Pick an Old School Theme

cocktail glass New Years Eve

Create the iconic Highball cocktail with 1 part Whiskey and 3 parts Ginger Ale.

What better way to celebrate going forward in time than bringing your guests into the past? Throw a glamorous 1920s themed party complete with flapper dresses, Panama hats, and jazz music. Announce to your guests that they should come costumed in roaring twenties attire with mobsters and Jay Gatsby welcomed alike.

In addition to encouraging flashy outfits, you can create an unforgettable ambiance. Consider creating a speakeasy. Disguise your door with a sign for a women’s prayer meeting. While your guests arrive, greet them by asking for a password (mark it in the invitations). If they forget, they take a shot. Decorate with money bags and “vote no to prohibition” signs. During the party, your guests can take selfies with a Most Wanted photoshoot backdrop.

Lastly, top off your jazz-aged night with the perfect drink. The highball was especially popular during the prohibition era. To create the old-fashioned cocktail, all you need are the following ingredients:

  • 1 Parts Whiskey
  • 3 parts Ginger Ale

Keep it Simple and Stay Golden

champagne New Years Eve party

Should you choose a Black and Gold-themed party, let the Gold Rush cocktail speak for itself.

On the other hand, if you’re crunched on time, it’s still possible to throw a fun and stylish party. All you need to do is announce to your guests that the theme is ‘Black and Gold’. Decorate with black and gold streamers, balloons, and confetti. There you have it, a fun party without all the fuss.

Next, you’ll need a shimmering signature cocktail. Try the Gold Rush. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 2 oz of Bourbon Whiskey
  • ¾ Lemon Juice
  • ¾ Honey Syrup
  • Lemon peel

Play the Latest & Greatest New Year’s Eve Party Games

Most importantly, you can’t throw a New Year’s Eve party without a drinking game or two. And, of course, the more people that get involved, the more fun it’ll be. So, what’s a fun contemporary game that anyone could play?

Well, we all know that no one attends a party without bringing their phone nowadays. But, that’s what makes the “What’s on Your Phone” game so much fun. To play, the host announces items such as a picture taken at the party, the candy crush app, or a selfie with sunglasses. If a guest has one of these items on their phone, they drink and get a point. At the end of the game, the person with the highest number of points loses. It’s bound to get some sips and giggles out of the crowd. Also, it can be as tame or crazy as you’d like.

It’s Time to Celebrate

Now, we can’t forget the snacks. A charcuterie board of cheese, crackers and cured meats never fails to impress. For a sweet treat that’s sure to impress, offer plastic champagne flutes filled with chocolate mousse, garnished with a strawberry and golden sprinkles.

Looking for the perfect selection of spirits to accompany you and your guests this New Year’s Eve? Stop by Festival Wine & Spirits in Riva and start stocking up. Got questions? Give us a call at (410)-266-7227.