New Years Eve 2014: How to Throw a Party
Can we all just agree that New Years Eve is the worst. Expectations are set high and never met. And someone always ends up drinking too much champagne and crying. Wait … that’s just me? Ok. Moving on…
This year, take matters into your own hands and throw the best New Years Eve 2014 Party your friends have ever seen.
Here are a few tips to make sure that happens. Look for more all this week.
Many people skip this step in favor of a Facebook invite. Don’t. Nothing says “I’m serious about you coming to my party” more than an invite that comes in the mail.
Here’s some sound advice from Lisa Krowinski from Sapling Press. Lisa says, “Don’t forget to include the basic who, what, when, where, and why. Items like the date, time, address, and your contact information are a must.” She also suggests sending the invite 3-4 weeks in advance to give guests time to clear their schedule.
Music plays an integral role in party success. Spend more than 5 minutes crafting a party play list. Unless all your friends are into Death Metal, everyone will appreciate an eclectic mix of genres. It keeps people guessing and waiting to hear what’s up next.
Here are our four suggestions to get you started: “Party” by Beyonce featuring J Cole (Sarah), “I Want You Back” by N*Sync (Laura), “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders (Julia), “Good Vibration” by Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch (Mandy).
We also made you a playlist that will help keep the party moving because we’re just that nice!
If you’re like us, you’ve long graduated from parties that only serve potato chips and pretzels. You’re refined and want snacks to suit. The key to reducing party stress is to prepare as much as possible in advance. This keeps you out of the kitchen and in the action.
These are our go-to party dishes:
Appetizer: Crostini with prosciutto, goat cheese, and fig jam recipe
Appetizer: Spinach Dip recipe
Appetizer: Cheddar, Bacon, Ranch Pulls recipe otherwise known as crack bread
Dessert: Devil’s Food Cake recipe
Dessert: Red Velvet Trifle recipe
If you’re going all out, hire a bartender. They’ll be able to make a cocktail menu with signature cocktails to make the night more special. Plus they’ll also be able to handle the usual favorites with ease.
If you’re keeping things simple, make a punch and offer 1-2 other options people don’t have to mix themselves. Wine and beer are always great options. Don’t forget to offer a few non-alcoholic drinks. Specialty pops are always a huge hit. Local shop Red Ribbon Soda offers Root Beer, Cherry, Grape, Ginger Beer and more. And don’t forget the champagne for the midnight toast!
Try this punch recipe from our bud Wes Shonk of Butcher and the Rye:
Wolfe’s Neck Punch (Serves 12 people, 2 servings each)
- 24 ounces rye whiskey (Old Overholt)
- 24 ounces gin (New Amsterdam)
- 12 ounces dry vermouth18 ounces fresh lemon juice
- Oleo saccharum* mixture
- 6 ounces over-steeped chai tea
*Peel approximately 20 lemons the day before, coat in 9 ounces sugar. Let peels sit in sugar until syrup forms. Strain out peels. Save syrup for punch.
*Freeze big ice blocks in plastic containers the night before.