If you missed my last two posts on this New Years Eve series, start here with creating your outfit, and then to the second post on beauty.
If there is anything you should know about me, it is that I love to throw my own soiree! The "entertaining gene" is so deeply rooted in me that I'm always dreaming about what party I want to throw next. In fact, the past couple years I've thrown a "CEO & Office Hoes Party" (huge success bt-dub), "ABC Party" (also a huge success) and my most recent for my housewarming was "Party Like a Rockstar". With all that said, a simple guide to entertaining on New Years!
Thou Shalt Not Let Friends Drink & Drive
As the hostess, it is your responsibility to make sure that people are being smart. So, as the fancy pants that I am I suggest finding the coolest, most awesomest (just made up a word!) party bowl you can find. Stick everyone's keys in it, and have them find you for the keys before they try to leave. It's an old-fashioned idea I know, but hey...with the fancy party bowl that their keys get to sit in, it's more exciting!.....maybe?
Thou Shalt Have The Coolest Party Decor
Get creative. I found this neat idea of counting down from 10 with old wine-corks, and decorating with hand-made clocks as decoration. When I throw a party, I'm usually on a limited college money-limit, or as I like to say "I'm always ballin' on a budget!" The easiest way to fill the room with decorations are balloons you can find at the dollar store. Since it's NYE, stick with Black, Silver/Gold and White for a theme. Or, here's an idea...
Re purpose your silver, black, and/or gold ornaments.
Hang them with opaque tulle and transform your space into a classy affair.
Try covering balloons in confetti for an added pop!
Thou Shalt Have Delicious Cocktails
Everyone knows the key to a successful party is to keep the drinks flowin'! Ask your guests to each bring a bottle of champagne. Chances are, they won't mind contributing since you're providing the party and you won't mind because that helps you not go over budget. Search Pinterest for interesting cocktail recipes like this one; NYE New Orleans Drink Recipe called the French 75. Click on the picture for the recipe :)
Party Tip: Trash-Can Punch is never a bad idea, especially as a back-up!
Also, Here is a cute idea to re-purpose old mason jars by painting them Gold for New Years Eve! You can even go one step further and taking a black sharpie to each one as people arrive to add their name to it.