6 Tips For Hosting A New Year’s Eve Party In Your Home

If you’ve decided to ring in the new year in your own living room, here are some tips to make party planning a little less stressful.

If you’ve decided crowded restaurants or bars aren’t the way you want to spend the last day of 2016, having your family and friends over to your house to ring in the new year may be a better option. Check out these party planning tips in order to plan a fun and memorable occasion with minimal stress.

Set a limit for the amount of people you invite, and stick to it

It can be tempting to invite your friends, neighbors, gym buddies, and everyone else you see on a regular basis, but keeping the party on the smaller side will not only make your event more intimate, but it will also be less stressful!

Make a “to-do” list

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To avoid feeling overwhelmed with party-planning tasks, make a list of everything that needs to get done. Prioritize and enlist the help of a significant other, family member, or close friend so you don’t feel like all responsibilities fall on your shoulders.

Ask everyone to bring a food or drink item

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Providing all of food and drinks for your guests can get pricey and time consuming. Ask your guests (in advance!) to come with an appetizer, dessert, or drink. This will minimize your personal party budget and possibly eliminate a few errands, leaving you more time to relax before the big night! (Pssst: Check out these amazing appetizer ideas!)

Plan ahead

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Tasks like bringing folding chairs up from the basement, washing out those champagne glasses that have collected dust in the cabinet, or cleaning up your kids’ toys from the foyer may not seem too daunting, but don’t wait until the morning of the party to get it all done. You will find yourself rushing around and feeling stressed — which is the last thing you need before welcoming guests into your home!

Keep the bar well-stocked

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You want to be able to mingle with your guests throughout the night – not feel like you’re working the whole time. Set up a “bar” area with various drink options, cups or glasses, ice, and napkins and let guests help themselves. Keep an eye out so you know when it’s time to re-stock!

Have fun

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Remember, the whole reason you’re hosting a party in the first place is to enjoy time with your guests. Don’t get so caught up in the planning process that you forget to enjoy yourself! A party in your home is a great way to make a lasting memory, so relax and soak up every minute!

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve this year? Leave us a comment below or tweet @coldwellbanker and let us know your plans!

Alexandra is the Manager of Social Media & Content for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. She lives in Hoboken, NJ and loves taking advantage of the many local perks (read: dogs EVERYWHERE) and proximity to Manhattan. Her idea of relaxing is perusing the aisles of Sephora and proofreading copy. No, really.

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