I'm sure new years eve parties organized from a male point of view are markedly different from that of a female. Or are they? I think that despite all the planning and coordination, when the clock strikes 12 at the end of the night, everyone at a new year's eve party is hoping there is someone close by to hug and to hold...and possibly have sex with.
Having said that, all you really need to a memorable new year's eve party is some upbeat guests, some room to party (as opposed to a "room" to party) and a free spirit. Of course a little planning is necessary when it comes to new years eve parties. Pick your guests carefully, pick them in advance and put the word out in plenty of time.
Step One in organizing new years eve parties is establishing a date. Well, for once this is a no-brainer. But again, make sure you have friends available to show up. You may even want to send out a "feeler" in advance. You know, "I'm thinking of having a party - do you think you'll be free"? I'd risk being up front and precise any time rather than hoping people show up and you wind up with 5 guests you hardly know and a huge buffet table of food. And try this for good measure. Call your friends directly. Ask in person! If there was ever a time you don't want to worry about rejection -- new years eve parties are the occasion. And while you're at it, decide if your invitations are 'open" for friends to bring friends or if it really is by "invitation only". New year's eve parties can really suck when people you don't even know show up, get drunk and ruin your night. Just a thought.
Step two involves food. You can go wrong if you keep the meal away from the table. A sit-down dinner is BORING. People want to mingle! Have fun! Chat! Try a buffet table. You know pre-purchased. Already prepared. No hassles. You may even want to consider a "bring your own dish" affair. That way you get everyone involved and you keep your costs down. Leaving you with more money to purchase the ingredient everyone is clamoring for: alcohol!
Yes alcohol. Everyone's friend when it comes to new years eve parties. Word to the wise: stock up early or you will find the shelves bare at your neighborhood liquor store. Beer is fine when you're watching football, but new year's eve parties deserve something a little bit more upscale. That means champagne and plenty of it. Uh...you'll want to invest in champagne glasses for this one. Think of it as an investment.
And as long as we're talking about alcohol. Have sleeping arrangements in mind or at least one or more designated drivers for those of your friends who will drink to excess.
Step Three is party favors. Balloons and kazoos. Or anything else that makes noise. Don't forget new year's eve parties need lots of great music to DANCE to, or at least bounce back and forth too. Party hats and confetti would not be out of order at this time of year either.
Hey, you're in the home stretch now, pal. Put the final touches on your house or apartment and you're home free. That means make sure the bathrooms are clean and there's no underwear in the corner of the room left after new year's eve parties.
Play the part of a good host. Smile and you should have no problem finding someone to hold on to when the clock strikes midnight. Happy New Year!