How Do You Organize a New Year’s Eve Party

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Are you anxiously waiting to celebrate the New Year? Everyone wants to participate in the celebrations to enjoy this once-in-a-year occasion. Whether you want to have fun with your friends, family, and loved ones: every New Year’s Eve is sure to bring plenty of excitement and electric energy. 

Apart from setting your resolutions, this occasion is perfect for rejoicing and creating good memories. You can throw a New Year’s Eve party at your home or explore interesting New Year’s Eve party ideas for restaurants. However, how do you plan the perfect New Year’s Eve party where people of all ages have a blast?

How Do You Organize A New Year's Eve Party?

Not all celebrations need to be glittery and wild. You can organize a quiet and cozy get-together or invite a few close friends to play card games, indulge in luxury cuisine, and drink through the night. Whatever you decide to choose, make sure it fits into your budget. You do not want to enter the New Year broke and in debt!

However, if you are planning to host a New Year bash for friends and family, you need to pay close attention to several factors. From organizing to decorating and coordinating with caterers or vendors, entertaining your guests can be quite a challenge. 

Below we’ve answered the questions to what’s needed to organize a New Year’s Eve Party but the quick summary we’ll also bullet here:

    • Plan a time and venue
    • Have fun activities and games
    • Pick a theme and get your decorations early

Also, if you prepare ahead and spend significant time planning the event, you can easily host the best New Year’s Eve party at home or your local restaurant. While the trickiest part of organizing such a party is choosing a unique and appropriate theme, you also need to take care of the food, beverages, and preferences of your guests. 

Make sure you choose all appetizers, snacks, main course, cocktails, and desserts according to your guests’ choice and taste. Stocking up on eco-friendly and good quality disposable makes things easier. 

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What Time Should A New Year's Eve Party Start?

Every host hopes to keep the party alive until and well past the midnight hour. Hence, the best time to start the celebrations is around 10 pm. However, the choice is entirely up to the hosts or organizers. Some people prefer starting much earlier, while others want the party to last up to the wee hours of the morning.

If you are hosting a small bunch of close friends, you can plan the party just the way you want. However, if you are organizing a family dinner/party, choose an appropriate time-slot that suits everyone. Keep in mind; your menu also depends on the time you choose. For instance, you may want to serve appetizers if your party starts early. 

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What Are Some New Year's Eve Party Games?

Bars and restaurants are also great for hosting such events. Exciting New Year’s Eve party ideas for restaurants give everyone a great chance to take part in the festivities. You can play some exciting New Years’ Eve party games to laugh through the entire night.

Planning games and activities are great ways to break the ice and make people comfortable around others. Here are a few games you can try.

Pop Culture Trivia

For this game, you have to come up with a list of 20 questions on trending events and pop culture. Again, you can base all questions on the taste of your guests. Some popular ideas include Oscar winners, Grammy awards, popular movies, and songs.

Party Conversation Starters

The goal of this game is to make your guests recall interesting and important things about the past. For instance, you can ask the biggest and most important lessons they learned, or an embarrassing moment they do not mind sharing with others. Such activities are great opportunities to connect to other people and make new acquaintances. 

Fool’s Fortune 

This one is a great game for people of all ages. Let your guests unleash their creativity as they write something creative on a small piece of paper to complete a phrase like “In 2020, I will….” Your guests will take turns and pick up a slip from the basket to read it aloud. Many funny and witty remarks will make your guests red with laughter. The writers usually reveal their identities at the end of the party. 


What is a New Year’s Eve party without some karaoke? Create a playlist by picking the top songs of 2019 for letting your guests enjoy the spotlight. Do not worry if most of your guests are terrible singers. The point is to have fun and enjoy it. 

Two Resolutions and a Lie 

The game is another fun way to play the classic Two Truth and a Lie game. Your guests will need to find about the two resolutions you want this year and guess the one you made up. 

Guess the Resolution

Encourage guests to write down one of their New Year’s resolutions. The guests will pick one slip of paper at a time and read it aloud for guessing whose resolution it is. 

Freeze Dance 

As you dance to the craziest songs of the year, stop the music randomly and freeze the dancers in motion. Guests who make the last move are out of the game. The last dancer dancing wins the game. 

What Do You Buy For A New Year's Eve Party?

Once you select the theme of your party, it is time to go shopping. Regardless of the theme and dress code of your New Year Eve’s party, no celebration is complete without these accessories.

Let us look. 

Party Lights

You do not have to worry about lighting if you are at a restaurant. However, if you want to transform your nice and comfy living room into a dance floor, you need super-efficient LED color-changing lights. If you get one of those hi-tech party lights, plug these in near the speaker, and the vibrant light will groove to the beat of the music. 


There is nothing like confetti that kickstarts celebrations. Go for a loud popper that shoots off when you twist the bottom for punctuating the exact moment your clock strikes midnight. 


Balloons are conventional, but choosing shiny and giant numbers balloons never gets boring. You will have great fun popping them after you pop the confetti. 


Hats and Horns

No matter how old we get, we always feel alive when we celebrate an occasion as we did back in childhood. Awaken your inner child and wear party hats. Since there are so many available in different colors and designs, shopping for hats is no longer boring. Do not forget to add tooting horns to your cart for making some noise as you end the countdown. 


You need more than food and beverages for letting the festivities rolling. Once the cocktail session is over, serve some hot coffee with desserts. A much-needed dose of caffeine will energize your guests so they can dance the night away. 

Food and Liquor

Keep variety in mind. Get to know your guests’ specific eating habits and tastes so you can plan a menu that everyone loves. Have a wide range of wine and cocktail options for entertaining your guests. There is no harm in serving beer. However, make sure you also have at least some of the foods considered to bring good luck at New Year’s Eve.

What food is served on New Years Eve?

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What Are Some New Year’s Eve Party Theme Ideas?

Choosing from a plethora of New Year’s Eve party theme idea takes significant time. While the occasion is a great opportunity to reflect on what you achieved throughout the year, it is also the best time to embrace futuristic themes. 

Here are a few popular ideas for planning a casual or formal celebration to help you ring in the New Year the right way.

Decade Party

This year marks the end of another happening decade. However, if you are still stuck in the ’90s, add a nostalgic factor to your celebrations by choosing a 90’s theme for your New Year Eve’s party. You can opt for any other decade such as the ’70s, 80, ’00s, and now the 10’s. Keep your song selections and decorations aligned with your chosen decade. 

Masquerade Theme

Adding some mystery to your party is always a hit idea. Enter the New Year with an enchanting masquerade party theme. This one theme never goes out of fashion. While you can provide attendees with masks, you can also encourage y our guests to indulge in creativity and create their own. 

Glow Party

Also known as ‘black light’ parties, these events are massively popular among teenagers and kids. To make your celebrations memorable, cover all windows using black construction paper, and swap all light bulbs with black light bulbs. Make the decorations complete by hanging neon decorations near the black lights. 

Encourage your guests to wear glow party materials and outfits that are either fluorescent or white. Fluorescent yellow, pink, green, and orange are good options. 

Glittery Gold

Both kids and adults love a bit of sparkle and shine. Do not be afraid to use tableware and decorations inspired by glitter. You can also create a glitter invitation to make your guests guess the theme. 

Decorate your wine glasses and Champaign with gold, yellow, and use edible glitter for beautifying your desserts. 

Around The World

Pay tribute to different New Year’s traditions from around the world to create a unique theme. Celebrate how other cultures celebrate New Year festivities. For instance, it is a popular custom to eat 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds of the year. Brazilians get together and enjoy lentils. The tradition brings good fortune and wealth in the New Year. You can categorize your guests into different countries so they can celebrate different traditions and customs. 

Formal Ball Party

If you want to throw a luxurious and formal ball party, choose a dress code and organize the event at a small or medium-sized venue. Use black and white décor, and send formal invitations to all guests. Do not forget to mention the dress code so nobody arrives at the party feeling embarrassed. 

Hollywood Themed Party

Go glamorous with a Hollywood themed party. Hosting a red carpet gives enough opportunities to click memorable photos, and a cocktail hour before the countdown keeps all guests happy. Your guests will dress their best and you can incorporate different colors and elements into your décor. 

Tips for Having a Great New Year’s Party (Decorations and Venue)

Apart from choosing the best menu, theme, and décor for your New Year’s Eve party, there are a few tips to make sure you plan a safe and successful event. 

Prepare Your Home

If you are inviting a large crowd (including kids), it is best to remove all fragile items from your living space. De-clutter to make some extra room for everyone to move around and dance freely. 

Create a Playlist 

Figure out what music you would like to play for creating a playlist. Link your iPod to the sound system or make use of ready-made playlists customized for New Year’s Eve. 

Pick the Perfect Venue

Booking a local venue or restaurant is a great idea if you plan on inviting a large group of friends. You can also turn to a favorite local bar to host a cocktail session and then celebrate at home. No need to hire event planners unless you are having a lavish celebration.


Honoring the coming year is among the few traditions celebrated globally. Your choice of theme, venue, and décor can reflect your taste and artistic side. While it is great to witness a fantastic display of fireworks and spectacular scenery outdoors, hosting an intimate party at home with loved ones gives you enough time to rejoice with friends and family. 

Follow our New Year’s Eve party theme ideas and the tips we have offered in this guide to celebrate in style. Your guests will have a memorable time enjoying the food, drinks, décor, and games.