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The perfect New Year’s Eve party doesn’t have to be a chore to throw, and it doesn’t have to put you out of pocket. Whether you’re a regular at throwing end-of-year bashes, or it’s your first time hosting an event, we have a few hot tips to make sure you welcome the New Year with a bang!

Décor

With Christmas just passed, there’s no need to splash out on new fancy décor. Take down the Santas and the put away the nativity scene, but leave up your twinkly Christmas lights. To change things up a bit, have a go at some homemade decorations. Try making paper cubes to go over ordinary fairy lights – not only do they look fancy; they also give off an invitingly warm glow. Make festive drink stirrers using bamboo sticks, pipe cleaners and sparkly pom-poms.

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Finally, try out making confetti poppers to add a bit of nostalgic fun to New Year’s Eve. Clear poppers are easy to find at a local craft store or online; wrap these in gold and silver tissue paper and fill them with shredded tinsel and colourful confetti.

Drinks and Nibbles

Make your New Year’s Eve party a BYO (bring your own) event. That way, guests are sure to be satisfied with the choice of beverage on offer and you don’t have to spend a fortune. You could even buy a few cheap cocktail shakers and invite your guests to have a go at making their all-time favourite.

If you’re feeling adventurous, whip up a cotton candy champagne cocktail! Simply add a small ball of candyfloss after filling the flute with champagne, trying to let it float. If the candyfloss is coloured, it will add a hint of colour to the champagne, as well as a delicious sweetness. These add a whimsical, elegant touch to end the evening. Just make sure to have some non-alcoholic beverages for those who aren’t drinking.. And pace yourself – it’s not fun if everyone is too drunk to count down to midnight!

Don’t worry about dishing up a three-course meal; with delicious drinks on offer and dancing to be had, your guests don’t want to be uncomfortably full. Instead, make a selection of tasty finger food. Shred several carrots, dice a few cucumbers and spring onions, and mix together with a squeeze of lemon juice. Place the veg mixture onto some mini poppadom crisps to serve, along with a mango chutney dip – a simple but delicious treat.

Try making quick vegetable and cheese skewers, with a drizzle of your favourite sauce a sprinkle of herbs for extra flavour. Lastly, layer a choice of cold meats and fish on thick slices of crusty bread with chutney and sour cream dips. Whatever you serve, remember to appease both meat-eaters and vegetarians!

Party Favours

To make your New Year’s Eve bash an unforgettable one, don’t forget the party favours. Make your own photo booth by setting up a camera in the corner of a room with your own fancy props and scenery as a backdrop!

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You could also bake several batches of cookies and wrap them up nicely for guests to take home. If you really want to push the boat out, give your guests customised silicone wristbands, like those on offer at ID&C. You can design the wristbands yourself – make them as colourful, patterned and personalised as you like.

Party Games

Cutting loose and having some fun on New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to cost any money. Some of the best games involve simple props that you already have at home. The Name Game is great for a large group – it’s easy to prepare and play. Each guest writes the name of a person, real or fictional, and puts it into a large bowl. The names are mixed around and everyone has to pick one out. Guests must then guess who everyone is by asking each other questions and giving occasional clues. You can make this as silly and comical as you like!

Charades is another fun, free and classic party game. Put a twist on the original and turn it into a word-guessing game. If it’s an adults-only party, you can spice things up with a few flirty and suggestive words. Whilst you’re playing games, throw on a party playlist– give your guests a chance to let their hair down and have a boogie!