The New Year is only a few short weeks away, and if the social butterflies inside of you are screaming to host a New Years party, then you need to start planning fast. There are many things you will need to do and decide to start planning your party. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when planning your New Year’s Party.
Don’t wait until the last minute to send out your party invitation, as your invitees are already making their plans ahead of time. Be the one to get your holiday party invitations out first so you can have a better chance of having a well attended party.
Don’t provide the alcohol at your party. Save money and make it a BYOB party and ask that your guests keep it discrete, meaning, the use plastic cups instead of visual open containers. This will keep the pressure off your guests about hesitations they may or may not have with drinking alcohol out in the open.
Don’t let your guests go hungry. You don’t have to break out a four course meal, but have some snacks and hors d’oeuvres available either in one place or spread throughout the party.
Have a lot of space for your guests, and this depends on how many people you invite. You want your guests to feel comfortable, so provide them with choices, like indoor and outdoor areas to sit and visit. Create a different atmosphere in each room. For example, you may have a garage area for card playing, a den area for television and an outdoor area for a fire or music.
Do have a plan to offer rides home for guests that have had too much to drink. You may want to even have a place where they can rest or sleep for the night. Be a responsible host and take their keys at the door, and then hand them back out only after they have passed your tests or arranged for a designated driver.
When sending out the invitations, do express the things that are important to you like BYOB, having a designated driver or other things they can expect. This will make your guests feel more comfortable and decide whether or not they wish to attend your party.