Posted on December 10th, 2018
November and December are packed full of parties, holidays, fun things to do, and all the work you need to get done in between. If you’re planning to hold a New Year’s Eve party in one of the Boston South End apartments and are already stressing about the work you need to put into it, stop. We’ve got plenty of fun — and super easy — tips on how to throw a great New Year’s Eve party that won’t have you popping your top with stress like a champagne cork!
It’s not a party without food and drink, but you don’t have to kill yourself in the kitchen or spend a fortune. Check local markets and shops for special holiday plates they may sell at this time of year, with a mix of sandwiches, sweet and savory pastries, and such. Grab a mixture of veggies, such as broccoli, cucumber, radishes, and tomatoes and serve them around a couple of dips, such as hummus and a curry dip, or even good ol’ fashioned ranch dip for those less adventurous. Mini sandwiches, crostini, and maybe some melted chocolate in a fondue pot with bread and fruit for dipping will help round out the selection. Just make sure you have a good mix of savory and sweet and items that might help soak up some of the alcohol. Depending on your guests, you should also consider vegan and vegetarian options or other dietary restrictions.
When it comes to drinks, you don’t have to splurge on expensive champagne. Visit some wine stores and check out the prosecco and cava they have on hand, often at really good prices. You could also make pitchers of your fizzy choice mixed with pomegranate juice or orange juice to help make it stretch a little further. Plus, don’t forget to have some nice non-alcoholic drinks on hand for designated drivers and others not imbibing. Ginger ale and orange juice makes a fun but fresh alternative to an alcoholic mimosa.
For a touch of quirky fun, print out — or have them printed for you — game cards with common New Year’s resolution statements, but with the goal left blank. Then have guests fill in the cards as they arrive. You can either clip them up to strings of lights or ribbon and let people peruse them if you’re having a larger party, or make a game of it with a smaller party and see if people can guess who wrote what. Use statements like, “The person I most want to emulate this year is …”, or “The bad habit I want to kick this year is …” or “I want to achieve the goal of … this year.” Keep lots of stacks so people can write multiple options, some serious, some silly.
Finally, make sure you’ve got a good mix of tunes for the party. Although the party talk may ultimately drown it out, there are bound to be some who get inspired to sing or dance along. Look for a mix of fun classics and newer hits, especially if they relate to parties, dancing, and various decades. From David Bowie’s “Golden Years” to ABBA’s “Happy New Year”, find an upbeat mix to see you through the night. You’ll find plenty of inspiration lists online if you’re drawing a blank.
The reality is that a great party doesn’t need much; just good friends and enough good food and drinks to keep the evening flowing. If your Boston South End apartments are still decorated for the holidays, that’s fine, or feel free to add some extra strands of tinsel garland everywhere for a touch of glam. Whatever you choose, raise a toast to a happy and healthy 2019!