New Year’s Eve is among us! 2016….has been nuts. And although it was great, we are ready to bid adieu and take 2017 on full force. So how do we do that? Well...same way we do every year! Bang pots and pans, toast champagne, eat, dance and well...party. Essentially we are ready to party. (Side note: the origin of why we make super loud noises at midnight is actually kind of creepy- apparently it’s to drive away evil spirits who have flocked to the living.)
So anyway, there you have it. We may not necessarily make loud noises to get rid of evil spirits...but spirits will definitely be included in the night :) The drinkable kind. Below we have compiled a list of New Year’s Eve party ideas for you to consider. And after all the night partying, what better way to wake up and cure your hangover with a Stu’s Bloody Mary … can’t forget about that.
Predict Your Friend’s Future
It’s boring to predict your own future. Have people choose a partner. Cut up pieces of paper and give three (or less depending on your party size, it can just be one) to each person. Your partner will write three (or however many) separate things down that they predict will happen in 2017 for their partner and place in a hat or bucket. Everyone does this. No one knows what people are writing. All of the fortunes go into a hat or bucket. Then pass the bucket around, whoever has the bucket pulls out a piece of paper and reads the fortune. If you think it’s about you then you say so, if you're wrong you drink. If you’re right, the person that wrote it drinks. If it’s something that another person wrote for another partner then everyone drinks.
Cards Against Humanity
If you haven’t played- get your hands on the game. Read the directions. It’s raunchy, and it’s fun. A little sneak peak: whoever was last to poop has to go first. Not even joking.
Tippy Cup &/or Beer Pong
Classics. You can get a foldable table for around $20 at any store, such as a Target or Walmart. You’ll want plenty of solo cups- get festive and use silver and gold ones instead on red ones. Because-apparently- silver and gold is festive for New Year’s Eve :) You’ll also need ping pong balls. Most of your guests will know how to play these games if you don’t know how. If you don’t want to buy the beer, have guests bring some, or just use water! You don't need to get wasted to have a blast playing these games.
If you’ve seen the show New Girl, then you know this game. But you may not necessarily know how to play it- I don’t really think anyone knows how. But here are the rules laid out for you. Good luck!
You don’t need to go crazy with food. But if people are drinking you’re going to want some options. You can either have people BYOA (bring your own appetizer) or make the food yourself.
Done and done.
Or just order pizza.
So...cheese dip, because it’s delicious and unless you’re vegan, everyone likes cheese. Chips, cheese and maybe guac and hummus if you want to go “all out.” Cheap.
Midnight taco bar.
This can be fun. Really, any midnight food bar is going to be delicious, we just chose tacos, because they currently sound good. And...everyone likes tacos. Plus it’s easy.
Get another foldable table if you don’t have the counter space. Set out tortillas, meat, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and guac. If you have vegetarians or vegans coming then it’d be mindful of you to set out beans as well, so that way they can also have a filling taco. Plus beans are just good anyway. And it doesn’t have to be at “Midnight” but it can be. If you are labeling things it’d be cool to label it “Midnight Taco Bar.”
Classy AF Champagne Desserts
Again, another fun label. And perhaps the best of our New Years Eve Party ideas :)
Alright, champagne jello shots...gotta have them. They are actually really good.
Here are a couple dessert recipe options from the pros.
Here is Delish’s list of their 19 New Year’s Eve Cocktails.
From that list we like Cranberry Cheer, Cranberry Spice Cocktail, French 75, Tangerine Sorbet Champagne Floats, Coconut Vanilla Bellini and Jack Frost.
We recommend choosing one cocktail and making enough of it that your guests can have a couple drinks from it. You can make an entire batch and put it in a punch bowl, drink dispenser, or something similar.
And providing champagne is a nice touch as well. Other than that, guests can bring their own drinks!
Places like Target (if you go early enough) will have plastic, glittery champagne floats that you can buy for a couple of dollars. Otherwise, you can glitter your own- or if glitter isn’t your thing, then don’t do it :)
Candles, glitter and ribbons. What else do you need for New Year’s Eve party? Three easy things that people notice.
Set out all the candles you own. Literally all of them. Just make sure they aren’t in a place where they can get knocked over. But, really, clusters of white plain candles looks really good.
Glitter your whole house. Just sprinkle that shit everywhere. :)
Nah, don’t actually do that. But you can get creative where you place it.
Confetti is a good option: but I warn you, wet confetti stains wood floors………..at least it may or may not have happened to someone I know………..
Throw ribbon on all of your stuff. On your couch. On your chairs. On your tables. I mean, don’t just throw it, but wrap it around, and you know...make it look good.
You can hang ribbon from your ceiling for a simple, decorative touch.
Write a “Happy New Year’s” message on a chalkboard, or buy a banner.
Balloons on the floor is a fun touch.
Just simple things that stand out to your guests.
Based on your theme- if you have one- other ideas will arise. Pinterest is a great source for DIY ideas. You also, can just get creative with your food and beverage placement.
Themes! The basis of most parties. But the nice thing is- you don’t have to have one. You don’t need a theme for any of our New Year’s Eve party ideas that we listed above. These are just options and can be fun.
Black & White
Self explanatory. Class it up. Make people dress in black or white.
It’d be fun to have your decorations be colorful.
Classic party theme. It’s perfect for New Years Eve. Bring out the feathers, gold, champagne and dancing.
Could be interesting. Choose a decade, and dress up like that. Music and decor to the tune of that decade. 90’s party would be fun. Doesn’t just have to be 70’s or 80’s!
Black Light Party
Sounds complicated and expensive, but it’s actually not. All you have to do is swap out some light bulbs with black lights and boom! Dance the night away.
Guests arrive as their favorite celebs. Class it up or go wild...imagine what your favorite celebrity would have at their party and try to recreate it….without spending thousands!
If you are fortunate enough to have a bonfire… then why on earth would you NOT have a bonfire party? What a blast. Throw ribbons in your trees, make s'mores, and toast champagne in the great outdoors.
Self explanatory :) dress up, wear fancy masks and party. One of the classier options. Candles, champagne floats and dim lighting. What more do you need?
What better way to roll in the new year with a fortune telling theme? This theme goes right along with the game idea we gave you. Have everyone dress up as a gypsy or fortune teller, decorate your place with bright colors and predict your way into 2017.
Music will probably somewhat depend on your theme, and what you are into. Below we have some classics for you and two popular lists to check out. If you don’t want to compile your own, just jump on Spotify! Ask around to see if anyone has the premium subscription so you can dip out on the commercials.
Here are a few classics:
"Fly Me to the Moon," Frank Sinatra
"Golden Years," David Bowie
"It Had to Be You," Harry Connick Jr.
"Mas Que Nada," Sergio Mendes, featuring the Black Eyed Peas
"Night Time Is the Right Time," Ray Charles
"Put Your Records On," Corinne Bailey Rae
"Rock Steady," Aretha Franklin
"Save the Last Dance for Me," Michael Buble
"The Best Is Yet to Come," Tony Bennett
"Twiggy Twiggy," Pizzicato 5
Here is the Huffington Post’s play list.
Here is Pop Crush’s playlist.
Hopefully you liked our New Year’s Eve party ideas! If you didn’t...well that’s cool :) comment or shout us out on social media and let us know what some of your ideas are! We hope your 2016 wasn’t the worst and that you are ready to take 2017 on head first!