How to Host the Best New Year's Eve Party

How to Host the Best New Year's Eve Party

Celebrate the New Year With a Marvelous Party

Parties offer a great opportunity to reconnect with your favorite people -- but New Year's Eve is particularly special. They allow you to reflect on the year's best moments and celebrate making it to the other side of the year's worst. Plus, who doesn't love shouting out the last few numbers during the countdown towards the ball drop?

You've always wanted to host a New Year's Eve Party, and you've decided that this is the year. How can you set up your party to create a gorgeous atmosphere while ensuring that guests are going to have fun? Consider the tips we've included below -- they're guaranteed to make your party a memorable one.

Pick a Theme

Any celebration instantly becomes more fun with a strong theme. Popular New Year's Eve party themes include particular years or decades, celebrity costumes from the past year, or a masquerade. Alternatively, you could select an enticing color scheme: gold, for example, makes an excellent accent color against black and white.

Keep a Loose Schedule

As a host, you'll want to follow a schedule that provides structure but isn't too restricting. Our best tip: loosely keep an eye on the time as the party unfolds. After all, you'd hate to miss the countdown at midnight because you lost track of time.

Supply Drinks

It isn't a party without drinks. To give all party guests a welcoming experience, have a mix of wine and liquor as well as non-alcoholic beverages.


New Year's Eve is the time to bring out all the stops. Decorate your living space with roses, balloons, glitter, or anything else you think would create a lively atmosphere.


Make Your Space Comfortable

You want your space to look party-ready, but it should feel party-ready too. Don't compromise comfort for appearance. Make sure there are plenty of seating options and that the amount of guests is appropriate for the size of the venue.

Watch the Ball Drop -- or Make Your Own

When midnight draws closer, turn on the television and watch one of the exciting ball drop broadcasts. Don't have cable? No problem -- make your own ball drop! There are plenty of easy tutorials for eye-catching D.I.Y. ball drops.

Games and Activities are a Must

While some partygoers will prefer to mingle and chat, others will want a prompt for fun. Think of inclusive and creative party games or activities that would be enjoyable to the folks on your guest list.

Set Up a Photo Booth

New Year's Eve is the perfect time for a glamorous or wacky photo opportunity. Using curtains, create an at-home photo booth, and include props like tiaras and groucho glasses. Your social network will be buzzing about the party.

Set New Year's Resolutions as a Group

Setting goals is a great way to start the new year off on the right foot. It's more fun to think of aspirations in a group -- and you'll be more likely to stick to them. Sit in a circle and take turns sharing your resolutions -- or, for a visual twist, make a dream board, and have each guest write their dreams for the following year.

With these tips in mind, you'll end the prior year with a bang and kick off the new year on a high note.