When you’re throwing a New Year’s party, you want it to be the best one that your friends have ever been to. But with so many other people hosting parties and events on New Year, how can you ensure that yours stands out? The answer is simple: plan ahead! We’ve put together some tips for making sure your party is fun and memorable for everyone in attendance.
Book a Venue Early
The first thing you’ll want to do is book your venue. This should be an early step, so that there isn’t any chance of disappointment or losing out on your dream venue for price reasons.
Booking early will also save you money! Venues are often cheaper if booked in advance, especially if you go for one that has a flexible opening date (which is usually the case). There are plenty of New Year’s party venues around London and beyond, but here are just some examples:
- A restaurant or bar with private rooms (ideal if you’re going somewhere with friends)
- An event space – great if there’s going to be lots of people involved or it’s a big event! You can choose from theatre marquees, nightclubs and more – depending on what kind of feel/looks best for your party theme.
The right venue will give guests something memorable to remember about this year’s celebrations – so make sure it gives them something unique as well!
Offer Your Guests Some Food Options
Offer your guests some food options. Your party should have a variety of foods to go with all the other activities you’ve planned. The last thing you want is for people to leave your event because they weren’t able to find something they liked. It’s important that you make sure there is something for everyone at your party, so don’t overbook the food options or offer things that may not be available (like burgers). You also need to ensure that the food served at your event is fresh and tasty, but affordable as well – nobody wants their guests leaving early because they didn’t get enough!
In addition, it’s also a good idea if there are plenty of beverages available during dinner time so people can enjoy themselves without worrying about getting drunk too quickly on their own supply.
Consider a Theme
The first step to planning your New Year’s party is deciding on a theme. Themes help you decide what decorations you’ll use, which food options will be available, and how guests can get involved with the festivities.
Themes are usually based on a color, holiday or movie. For example, if you were hosting an 80s themed party, you would use bright neon colors and decorate with old VHS tapes and big hair. If you were having a more traditional New Year celebration, then you could consider themes such as:
- 1920s black tie formal ball – Or maybe it’s just too formal for your friends? Try something simpler like …
- Disco ball – Or maybe it’s just too simple for your friends? Try something more elaborate like …
- Masquerade ball! This is perfect if all of your guests have masks (and who doesn’t?).
Make Sure You Have a DJ and/or a Live Band Booked
This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. A good DJ or band will help to keep your party flowing smoothly, and they’ll be able to play songs that appeal to everyone’s tastes.
Here are a few tips for hiring a great DJ or band:
- Decide on a budget. You may want to hire an expensive DJ if you’re having an extravagant event, but don’t be surprised if it costs more than what you were expecting!
- Choose a DJ or live band that fits the theme of your party. If it’s going to be held at night and outdoors, then maybe try finding someone who does outdoor events. That way your guests won’t have any problems with their equipment being outside all night long (or turn up their volume too high).
- Ask for demos from each potential candidate so that everything sounds like it will go well together come New Year!
Decorate the Space Tastefully
When it comes to decorating your event, there’s no need to go all out. A tasteful, well-considered theme will be enough to keep your guests engaged and help them get into the spirit of the season.
If you’re having a themed party, make sure that you choose decorations that are appropriate for both the venue and time of year. For example, if you’re hosting an Irish hen party in January or February, consider using green and white tablecloths as well as shamrocks (straws are also a great idea!). If you’re hosting a summer barbecue bash at your house on Jan 1st this year, then don’t worry too much about creating an elaborate theme—after all, it’s likely too cold outside!
Don’t let fear hold back your creativity when decorating either—if there’s one thing I’ve learned from throwing parties over the years is that there is no right or wrong way when it comes down to creating something visually appealing; just use what works best!
Set Up a Photo Booth to Capture All the Fun
One of the best parts about hosting a party is all the fun you’ll be able to capture on camera. If you’re looking for an easy way to get photos that will last forever, consider setting up a photo booth. It’s not hard to do; if you have access to one corner or area of your venue, all you need is some sort of backdrop and some props. There are lots of options available online (Amazon has more than 5 million options), but if you want something more custom and unique, consider browsing Etsy for handmade items like wigs or hats.
Finally, if people are hesitant about joining in with the fun at first because they don’t want their pictures posted on social media (or anywhere else), encourage them with promises that only positive photos will be shared—and then make sure those promises are delivered! One great way to ensure this happens is by using an app like Strip Social which automatically posts all photos from your event onto a private Facebook album after everyone has had their chance at being photographed.
A Good Party is Just Around the Corner!
You’re ready to have a great time at your New Year’s party. You’ve done all the prep work, booked a DJ or band and decorated the space. Now it’s time for the big night! Set up a photo booth so guests can capture all of their antics on camera. By following the tips mentioned in this guide and implementing an event management platform like Eventtia the success of your New Year’s party is inevitable.
Even though you have to plan your party early, it’s not too early to start thinking about a theme. You can make your own decorations, or hire someone to do this for you. The best way to find out what works best is by trying different options! Remember: if you have an idea in mind, don’t be afraid of giving it a shot—the worst thing that will happen is that your party will be so much fun everyone forgets all about their hangovers the next morning!