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New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Party
To Ring in the New Year
Fun New Year's Eve
Ring in the New Year — invite
your friends over for a fun "New
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*
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.
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
* 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
hire a magician or three-piece jazz band to entertain your guests.
Ring in the New Year— Watch
the Ball Drop in Times Square
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
event — and millions more around the world watch the celebrations
More Info on New Year's Eve
Ball Drop in Times
Fun "New Year's Eve Gifts
Put together a "New
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" New Year's Eve
(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.
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.
a Fun Formal "Black-Tie" event — rent a Designer Dress, Jewelry& Accessories.
Go Casual Chic with a fun "Black & White" theme
guests the option of dressing "up or down" (black
jeans, white t-shirt or anything black and/or white).
New Year's Eve
Short on time... and budget — host a casual "New
Pot Luck Party" and have each guest bring a dish.
Whatever you do... have FUN!
New Year's Eve Party Menu
"Black & White"
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
- 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 &
- 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
- Sparkling Cider
- 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
Tip: Allow approximately a 1/2
bottle to one bottle of wine per person for a three-hour party.
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
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