If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to ring in the new year, consider throwing a party. Not only is it a great excuse to get together with friends and family, but you’ll also get to show off your culinary skills with some delicious hors d’oeuvres! Whether you’re planning a small gathering or hosting an extravagant fete, these simple tips will make sure your New Year’s Eve party is everything you hoped it would be (and more).

Time-saving hacks

The New Year’s Eve party is a big day for all of us, but it can also be stressful. It’s easy to get stressed out by the thought of making everything from scratch, especially when you’re hosting a party. There are ways around this though! Here are a few time-saving hacks that will make your life much easier on this special occasion:

  • Plan ahead and make sure you have enough time to cook. Try planning your menus earlier in the week so that you have prepared food ready for when guests arrive or if something needs cooking last minute, then simply pop it in the oven or slow cooker for hours at low temperature so that it cooks while everyone is having fun together.
  • Make your own stocks and sauces – there are plenty of recipes online with step-by-step instructions on how to do this easily without buying anything extra at all! The benefits here include reduced costs (therefore more cash left over), healthier options because they don’t contain preservatives/additives etc., plus they taste better too!

Catering staples

  • Salads
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Snacks and appetizers
  • Sauces

Party games

You’re going to need some party games. They won’t take up much room, they’re simple enough that anyone can play them, and they’ll keep your guests laughing and having fun all night long. Here are some of our favorites:

  • The blindfold game: To play this one, get a big bowl of water and fill it about halfway with ice cubes. Blindfold one person and give them three pieces of paper in each hand—two cards and one slip of paper with “water” written on it (you can use any word that isn’t “ice”). Have everyone else stand back from the bowl so the blindfolded person can’t see who’s standing where. Then give the signal to start! Have everyone say their name as they walk toward the blindfolded player who only has 30 seconds to guess who’s behind each mask by touching their face or body with his/her hand without moving his/her eyes from under his/her blindfold or looking at their own reflection in the nearby mirror (if there is one). If he/she guesses right before time runs out then whoever it was gets wet; if not then whoever was guessed correctly stays dry! This game is great because even though there are multiple players involved at once—and therefore potential for chaos—the rules are really simple so no one gets confused about how things work when everyone starts running around laughing at each other’s silly attempts at guessing correctly without being able to see anything but darkness all around them


Cocktails are the perfect way to ring in the new year. They taste great, they’re easy to make ahead of time, and they’re sure to impress your guests.

You can make some of them in large batches and serve them individually or you can prepare them for several people at once. There are also cocktails that have no alcohol (or only a little bit) if that’s what you want! You can even serve yours in mason jars if you want it to look extra cute.

Finishing touches

  • Decoration: A warm and welcoming atmosphere is key to a successful New Year’s Eve party. Your guests will feel much more comfortable if you have beautiful decorations such as floral displays, candles or even a simple string of lights to make the space feel magical.
  • Music: Make sure you choose the music carefully so that it matches with what your guests like listening to. If you are catering for adults, then some upbeat tunes would be perfect; but if there are children invited as well then perhaps something more soothing would work better – maybe even some classical music!
  • Games: Just like other parties, there must be games at this one too! What could be better than staying up until midnight with friends while playing games? You can try traditional games like ‘Guess Who?’ or ‘Password’ or go for something new like ‘Pictionary’.
  • Food: The food is an important part of any party so don’t forget about it! Whether you want something fancy with champagne or just simple snacks served on plates, think about what would work best according to your budget and taste preferences before making any decisions regarding food choices because they’ll affect how much money gets spent overall during preparation stages.”

Make sure you’re prepared with a great menu and easy-to-make drinks

The night before your New Year’s party, make sure you’re prepared.

  • Make sure you have a backup plan in case you run out of food.
  • Make sure you have enough drinks to go around. There’s nothing worse than running out of alcohol and having thirsty guests roaming around your house looking for something else to drink.
  • Make sure your guests are having fun! Be present and enjoy yourself! Remember that this is an important gathering for all involved—casual or formal—so make it count!


A New Year’s Eve party is a great way to celebrate the new year with friends and family, and by following our tips for a delicious menu, fun games, easy-to-make cocktails and festive decorations, your party is sure to be an event to remember!