Planning a New Year’s Eve Party is exciting, but it can come with a few stresses. Whether you are hosting a sit down meal or large party in a club or luxury hotel, there are many things to be taken into consideration. Making sure that you have the correct insurances for the type of event you want to throw, alongside filling the guest list and building up enough enthusiasm around the event can be very challenging. With years of experience, Scarlet Events has come up with five tips that will help you throw an unforgettable NYE party.
1. Choose the right type of food
A New Year’s Eve party is a celebration of letting go of the old and embracing the new. If you’re planning on having a large party with people moving around then serve finger foods and nibbles that can be enjoyed on the go. If your NYE party is primarily a sit down meal then make sure each individual course is delicious. Also ensure that you’re catering to vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs, so that they do not feel left out and enjoy it!
2. Pick the correct venue
Unless you are planning a destination NYE party that everyone has agreed to travel to, it will be challenging planning a last minute party in Greece or Spain for people living in the UK or France as travelling there might be difficult. When you choose the venue for your New Year’s Eve Party, make sure everyone is able to get to it with ease, and provide adequate transport there and back if necessary. You do not want your guest finding themselves unable to get there or leave once the party is over.
If you want to hold a sophisticated cocktail and dinner party, then an immense castle or property that can accommodate thousands of guests will not be adequate, and vice versa. If you want your event to go on until the early hours of the new year then you need to make sure the venue’s license permits doing so.
3. Think about entertainment
Similarly to the venue, it is important that you choose the right style of entertainment that will suit the theme of your New Year’s Eve party. For example, a symphony orchestra will not be suited to an exclusive black and gold party in a nightclub type of venue. If your event is a ticketed, then make sure to find entertainment that will appeal to your target audience, therefore getting the tickets to sell. Keep in touch with the entertainment you have booked in the lead up to the event, as it will help to reassure you that everything is going to plan.
4. Ensure the champagne flows on time
It is tradition to celebrate the New Year with glasses of champagne, which is why you should make sure to have a few bottles cooling aside for you, your guests and the staff members at your NYE party. Champagne is an aspirational and noble beverage, and has been drunk at the strike of midnight on NYE for 1,500 years. It is very difficult to drink too much champagne in a short amount of time, as it isn’t easy to consume lots of bubbles. So ensure you have a few bottles and flutes in the chiller to delight everyone when New Year strikes.
5. Plan and enjoy
As with many things in life, the build up to your New Year’s Eve party will be much more enjoyable and exciting with adequate planning. There is no point hosting a NYE event if you are not going to put the planning in as you will not enjoy it. Remember to delegate tasks to people you can trust, and enjoy the entire experience.