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Watch the Ball fall in Times Square - ring in the New Year

What:
New Year's Eve Party

Where:
Your House

When:
December 31st

Why:
To Ring in the New Year


Fun New Year's Eve Party
Ring in the New Year — invite your friends over for a fun "New Year's Eve Party" at your house.

Personalized New Year's Eve Invitations
If you don't want the expense of buying printed New Year's Eve invitations, you can always print your own. If you want to go high-tech, use Eventbrite.com — the online service can be used to send free invitations, or you can charge for tickets to your event. You can also make the event public or private. Other options include sending an email, using Facebook.



Black & White*
Theme Decorations

Decorate your home with fun New Year's Eve decorations. Order online or visit your local Party Store — Black & White Balloons, Giant B&W Stars, White Flowers in Black Vases, Black Glitter Top Hats (turn them upside down and fill them with popcorn or your favorite treats), B&W paper plates, cups, utensils and napkins, B&W Confetti...you get the idea.

Don't forget the party noisemakers, horns and whistles!

Black & White candles also look great — they really add to the holiday atmosphere and give any room a festive glow. Votives work well and they're inexpensive.

* Black & Silver and Black & Gold are other fun New Year's Eve decorating options.



Music / Dancing / Live Entertainment
Be sure to have music playing in the background — as your party gets going, kick it up a notch and get everyone dancing. If you have the budget, hire a magician or three-piece jazz band to entertain your guests.

Ring in the New Year— Watch the Ball Drop in Times Square on TV
Times Square is world-famous for its annual New Year's Eve celebrations and its "lowering of the Ball" to ring in the New Year. Over a million revelers flock to Times Square each year for this FUN event — and millions more around the world watch the celebrations on TV.

More Info on New Year's Eve
Ball Drop in Times Square, NY


Fun "New Year's Eve Gifts
& Party Favors

Put together a "New Year's Eve Tote Bag" of goodies — you don't have to spend a fortune if you know where to shop. Go to the "Dollar Stores," Target or Costco for token New Year's Eve Gifts.

Buy "Wine Lover" Tote Bag - fill with Christmas Goodies or a Bottle of Wine and give it as a gift to your Holiday Party guests
Buy "Wine Lover" New Year's Eve
Tote Bag

(Fill Tote Bag with New Year's Eve
Food Goodies and/or Wine)

Give out Fun Party Favors. "Travel-Related" Gift Magnets & Buttons make fun gifts for homes, lockers, dorm rooms or offices — buy just one, or save with packs of 10 or 100.

Visit our Travel Gift Store to order
Special Gifts for your Party

Buy Fun Gifts to wear or give out to your guests at the party. Gifts feature Fun Travel Destinations, Romantic Gifts, Family "His/Hers" Gifts, Political Gifts, Body, Mind & Spirit Gifts... and more!


New Year's Eve Party Videos
Use your iPhone or Android Smartphone to record and share your party activities.

Share Party Photos,
Videos and Comments
Upload your Digital Party Pictures for Free to Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, Shutterfly, Twitter or Google Photos and upload your Video to YouTube after your Election Party to share with your family, friends and co-workers. Post comments and updates on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to share what is happening real-time.

Free Video Conferencing
For those people who can't be at your New Year's Eve Party, set up a FREE Web Conference using Skype or Google Hangouts — that way they can participate live during the awards.

 

Tip: You can also use Skype and Apple Facetime Apps to Video Conference with friends and family.

 

Top

Cheers! Happy New Year!

Formal: " Black Tie" 
Host a Fun Formal "Black-Tie"
event — rent a Designer Dress, Jewelry& Accessories.

Casual Chic:
"Black & White"
Go Casual Chic with a fun "Black & White" theme — give guests the option of dressing "up or down" (black jeans, white t-shirt or anything black and/or white).

Casual:
New Year's Eve
"Pot Luck"

Short on time... and budget — host a casual "New Year's Eve Pot Luck Party" and have each guest bring a dish.


Whatever you do... have FUN!


New Year's Eve Party Menu

Formal /
"Black & White"
Party Menu:
For a more formal New Year's Eve Party, plan a fun menu of decadent "finger foods" and hors d'oeuvres... and fabulous desserts. Here are a few ideas:

  • Mini Blinis topped with Crème Fraiche and Caviar
  • Truffle Mousse Paté
  • Ahi Tuna on Wasabi Crackers
  • Smoked Salmon & Dill Canapes
  • Crab-stuffed Mushrooms
  • Cheese & Chutney Bites
  • Sui Mai Dim Sum
  • Assorted Sushi
  • Roasted Peppers Tapenade Crostini
  • Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella
  • Melon-wrapped Proscuitto
  • Parmesan Puffed Pastry Twists
  • Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
  • Coconut Shrimp
  • Duck Paté
  • Roasted Asparagus Spears
  • Imported Cheeses & Figs
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Mini Fruit Tarts
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Chocolate Strawberries
  • Chocolate Cupcakes with White Coconut Topping
  • Make-Your-Own Ice-Cream Sundaes

Costco and Trader Joe's both offer a wide variety of delicious Holiday hors d'oeuvres, entrees, desserts, wines and assorted beverages.

New Year's Eve
Beverages

- Champagne
- Sparkling Cider
- Martinis

- Red & White Wines
- Soft drinks

Catered Event & Entertainment
If you don't have the time — and aren't worried about a budget — hire a caterer to handle "all the details" for you.


Wine Selection & Quantity
Depending on your budget, you have several options regarding wine selection.

Tip: Allow approximately a 1/2 bottle to one bottle of wine per person for a three-hour party.

For an "upscale" New Year's Eve Party (with wine aficionados), splurge on a selection of "fine" red and white wines.

For a "casual chic" New Year's Eve Party, offer a variety of good mid-priced red and white wines.

For a "limited budget" New Year's Eve Party, buy a case of Charles Shaw "Two-Buck Chuck" wines from Trader Joe's — at under $30, these good table wines are an excellent value. We like the Cabernets and Merlots. Or ask your guests to "BYOB" — bring a bottle of their favorite wine or whatever they'd like to drink.

Be sure to have plenty of sodas, soft drinks, bottled water and coffee on hand for non-drinkers and "designated drivers."


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