Hosting a New Year’s Eve party in your home can be lots of fun and create lovely, lasting memories for your family and friends. However, with the chaos of Christmas only just fizzling out, it can be hard to find the time or the energy to prepare for what is meant to be one of the biggest nights of the year.

The pressure to create a night to remember might be high, but try not to let it get to you; do your party prep as far in advance as possible and the evening is sure to go without a hitch.

Festive house party

New Year party food ideas

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or putting on nibbles for your party guests, try to do as little cooking on the day as you can manage.

Making sauces, dips and even pastry before Christmas means you can freeze it ready to defrost when needed, massively cutting down on your time spent in the kitchen at New Year.

Christmas dinner party

Party drinks ideas

Buy drink in bulk in the run-up to Christmas and it should see you through to the New Year, and save you money too! A selection of drinks usually goes down a storm because it gives guests a choice, but remember that most people will bring their own too – you could even put ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’ (BYOB) on any invites, texts or emails you send to make sure they come prepared, taking away some of the stress of trying to cater for everyone’s personal taste.

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Choose the perfect party music & make a party playlist

The music you play depends heavily on the style of your party and the type of atmosphere you want to create.

Whether you’re going down the sophisticated, black tie route of classical music, or want a good old-fashioned knees-up with all the best cheesy tunes, preparing a lengthy playlist in advance is an absolute must.

Make the playlist long enough and you won’t even have to think about acting as DJ for the duration of your soirée, just hit play and enjoy your party.

Party music and dancing

New Year’s Eve decorations

Tradition dictates that Christmas decorations don’t need to come down until Twelfth Night (5th January), so don’t worry about adding New Year decorations into the mix. It might be a good idea to simply spruce up your decorations by adjusting them back into position if Christmas festivities have left things looking a little shambolic.

Christmas living room decorations

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Available in a huge range of patterns, colours and finishes, vinyl and laminate are durable and incredibly easy to keep clean. So don’t spend special occasions worrying about spilled drinks, dropped food or dirty shoes, relax and enjoy yourself safe in the knowledge that your flooring can handle anything any party guest throws at it.

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New Year’s Eve party entertainment ideas

As the host of a sensational party, the pressure is on to make sure everyone is kept entertained throughout the evening. This doesn’t mean you have to fork out on a close-up magician, fortune teller or cabaret singer – just a handful of funny parlour games can be the difference between total boredom and a night filled with hilarious moments and funny memories.

Games like Pictionary and charades are great for getting everyone laughing and bonding and can even create stories that will be told for years to come, ensuring your party will never be forgotten: “Remember the New Year’s Eve party when…”

Party games

So don’t stress about working hard to impress your guests, with these handy party prep tips you can enjoy hosting the perfect New Year’s Eve party as much as your guests will enjoy attending it!

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