Top tips for a fun, yet safe New Year’s party
Time to celebrate the New Year! If you’re planning to receive family, friends or colleagues for a New Year’s bash at your home, you want it to be memorable, but for all the right reasons. Whether you are a veteran entertainer or a first-time host, be sure to follow our tips for a safe celebration:
Decorate with taste
For an instant fun and festive atmosphere, hang lengths of curled ribbons from doorways, window frames, mantels, even your powder room mirror. Steer clear of chandeliers and other exposed bulbs to avoid the risk of fire. For elegant decor, add ambiance with candles. Use secure candleholders and never leave a burning candle unattended. For extra safety, inexpensive battery-operated candles and votives placed around your home will add a pretty, magical touch to your party.
Start your celebration later
Since you want your party to go on well past midnight, consider starting it at about 9:30-10 pm. Serve drinks and small appetizers and have plenty of non-alcoholic options for the designated drivers and guests who don’t want to indulge. Fruit punch, sparkling cider and carbonated, infused waters will do the trick. Ensure there are plenty of appetizers throughout the evening If there’s not enough to munch on, guests may drink too much. Serve small appetizers like shrimp tostada bites, gouda and apple grilled cheese sliders made with small slices of French bread, or easy cheesy sesame phyllo bites.
Have an official photographer
Ask a guest or hire a photographer, but be sure you take lots of photos, as people like to dress up and look their best for a New Year’s party. Share the good times with family and friends by posting portraits of your guests on social media the next day.
Have fun, be silly
Count down to the New Year with noisemakers, sparklers or confetti poppers. Have each guest write a fun prediction for 2020. Then read them out and have your guests match the person to the prediction. Midnight toast As the host, you should present the toast at midnight, offering good wishes to all. Keep it short, simple and warm. Once again, be sure to have non-alcoholic drink options available so everyone can raise their glass and toast the New Year.
Serve a midnight feast
Once you’ve heralded in the New Year, close your bar and invite everyone to enjoy a midnight repast together. It doesn’t have to be a fancy affair with lots of courses, after all it will be midnight. A fun and filling idea is a loaded baked potato bar. Put potatoes in the oven at about 10:30 pm. Have every yummy topping for your guests to enjoy, from veggie options like sautéed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers to meats like pulled pork or shredded beef, to sauces and dressings like salsa, pesto, blue cheese and more. Use your imagination!
Serve coffee, tea and dessert
For the drive home, coffee and sweets will set guests on their way, with tummies full and spirits high, but sober. In fact, as a caring host, it is your responsibility to limit your own alcohol intake so you can judge who is fit to drive and, above all, to never let a guest drive home impaired. Know which guests are the designated drivers. Make arrangements for a taxi or ride-hailing company and, if necessary, be willing to open your home overnight to an intoxicated guest. However, if you follow our tips, chances are, everyone will leave happy, safe and sound. Finally, prevent any falls by clearing your front sidewalk and ensuring adequate lighting.
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