Christmas is now a fond memory and we’re counting down to 2018.
As if you needed another excuse to celebrate, New Years Eve promises to be one of the glitziest nights of the year. Why spend a pretty penny going out to some club when you can bring a club atmosphere to your home? Once the New Years kisses have been had, kick your guests out and slide right into bed. Or, party the night away without needing to keep your heels and coat on. What could be better?
Here are some tips to make the last night of 2017 one you will never forget:
Aim to create a warm and welcoming environment. If you are planning on hosting your guests in multiple rooms, I would reserve one room as the chill room: switch on the fireplace and have lots of candles. Remember, both the fireplace and candlelight can be faux, so you don’t have to worry about anything catching. In the cozy room, light bulbs should be warm toned and low wattage. The second area can be the party room. Change to multicolored light bulbs or add some additional bright surfaces for light to reflect off of.
TWO// Easy Accessories
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that tablescapes are some of the easiest accessorizing you can do. These days it is not all just champagne glass confetti. Think of universal pieces that you will be able to reuse. $2.99 plate chargers from Michael’s in metallic colors go a long way in setting up an elegant and glitzy snack table, but can be reused for many an occasion. And whenever possible, use disposable. Because no one wants to wash dishes once the clock strikes midnight…and certainly not the morning after!
THREE// House Rules
One of the hardest things for me about hosting parties (which I love to do) is that I feel like I spend ages cleaning and getting everything ready before the event, but even more time cleaning up after my guests post event. Make your life easier by deciding a head of time what your pain points are. If it is all of the champagne and bear bottles around, decorate a recycle bin and have it within easy reach. Encourage people to use it, and the garbage can as well. If it is shoes muddying up your new carpet, consider having some inexpensive slippers at the door (which also make excellent party favors). Remember, you set the scene at your own house.
FOUR// Keep the Order
Along with Tip #3, the tangle of coats and purses is one of the things that drives me mad at every house party. I really don’t like my bed turning into the coat room…especially if the kiddos decide to jump on the bed. Invest in one or two clothing racks (inexpensive and easy to assemble/disassemble). I usually put them in the garage and hang coats and purses on the them. It doesn’t take much more work than throwing my guests’ coats on the bed, but leaves me feeling a lot better about the whole thing.
FIVE// DIY Wine Glass Charms
If you can’t already tell, I love keeping the order. Wine glass charms are so easy to make yourself (and not expensive to buy) but ensure that your guests never lose their drink. In the end this makes for a much more enjoyable experience for all…without adding to your clean-up list. Simply cut out some cute shapes from cardstock, write people’s names with a silver and gold sharpie, and tie on the wine glass stem with a little bit of ribbon. Cute and functional-what more could you ask for?