Happy New Year! Here are a few good tips for hosting a great New Year’s party
The end of the year is quickly approaching, and time is running out to plan one awesome New Year’s Eve party. Try not to worry. Here at ERA Liberty Realty, Linda’s Team has got you covered. We have gathered together some of our best party ideas to help you ring in the new year that will have your friends and family talking all throughout the next few seasons.
Hold a Unique Hat Contest
Everyone can have the opportunity to show off their unique personality in a fun and simple way by wearing their most unique hat. Have guests write down their choice of favorite hat or choose a few “expert” judges to decide on the winner. The hats will serve as great conversation starters and it will be fun to see what everyone comes up with. You never know what people have hiding away in their closets!
Although it is nice when friends bring their own beverage, this acronym in particular stands for “Bring Your Own Appetizer!” Blogger Clara Edd suggests this is a great idea for those people who don’t want to spend a whole lot on an extravagant dinner right after Christmas. This spinoff of a potluck dinner eases the stress of the host and allows guests to feel like they are contributing to the party. It gets everyone involved and sure does save the host or hostess some preparation time. It also gives great variety and an opportunity to try some new yummy foods.
Bored? How About a Board Game?
Ever been to a party where you can tell there is an awkwardness in the air? Break that barrier and get people talking by playing some fun group board games. While board games may not be everyone’s favorite pastime, they always seems to get people talking! Some of our favorites include Apples to Apples, Catchphrase, and Guesstures. If you don’t have any good board games already lying around the house, create your own easy game of charades. Ask guests to write down three items, people, or actions, and go from there. Before you know it, guests will be laughing the night away.
Lead a Couple Icebreakers
Are you hosting a party with guests who don’t know each other? Help get the conversation started with some fun icebreaker games. One of our favorites is the celebrity guessing game. As guests enter the party, tape a notecard to each guest’s back with a celebrity’s name on it that everyone will know. Do not let the guests see what is on their card before taping it on their back. Throughout the night, they must ask other guests questions to figure out what celebrity they are supposed to be. If guests are really into it, they may even take on that persona for the rest of the evening. Test your guests’ knowledge of local history and throw in some hometown heroes like John Brown and Belle Boyd. A fun alternative to this might be to write down names of all the guests on the notecards instead of celebrities. People will really have to get to know each other to try and figure out what name they have on their back.
Create a Theme
If you really want to spice things up, create a theme for your party. Ask guests to come in their best Great Gatsby attire or have them wear clothes that represent their favorite year/decade. It is fun to see what your friends and family will come up with when they are asked to be creative.
Don’t Break the Bank on Decorations
Christmas has just passed, which likely means that your decorations are still beautifully hung around the house. Leave them be! There is no need to transform your house just for a few hours of celebrating the new year. However, if you are crafty and insist on decorating, check out these easy ideas from Quickandsimple.com. Colorful Christmas ornaments make wonderful centerpieces for both Christmas and New Year’s Day. You can also check out these awesome do-it-yourself ideas from Pamela Nguyen of Redesign Revolution.
Are you looking to buy or sell a home after the holidays? Give us a ring at (304) 725-1145 and ask for Linda’s Team. Linda’s Team knows homes and can help you find the home that is just right for you.