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New Year's Eve Party Ideas From Steve Kemble

9 Creative New Year's Eve Party Ideas From a Master Event Planner

POPSUGAR asked "sassy" lifestyle guru and event planner Steve Kemble to share some creative party ideas for an unforgettable New Year's Eve. From making your candles burn longer to hangover-reducing care packages, check out all of Steve's tips below!

Set the Mood With Lighting

  • Dim your lights and flood the house with votive candles. Candles are the most romantic and cost-effective way to create a festive, sexy atmosphere! To make your candles burn longer, put them in a ziplock bag in the freezer the day before your party.
  • Buy pink bulbs at any local home store (for example, Home Depot) and swap them into your lamps for the night; you will be amazed at the difference it makes and the atmosphere it creates!
  • Add Party Props For a Pop of Fun

  • They may be silly, but people still love the traditional New Year's Eve party items such as noisemakers, hats, tiaras, boas, and horns. I always recommend putting these items on a platter or in a big decorative bowl and letting people grab items as they wish.
  • Source Your Playlists

  • Ask all of your guests to give you their three favorite songs when they RSVP for the party. Create a custom playlist with all of your guests' favorites!
  • Create Specialty Cocktails

  • On New Year's Eve, serve a specialty drink at the start of the party and Champagne at midnight, and then invite your guests to BYOB their favorites. As the host, be sure to provide all the setups, such as soda, tonic, soft drinks, lemons, limes, etc.
  • Make Your Menu Creative

  • For your menu, I recommend light snacks throughout the evening, such as veggies and dip, pretzels, minipizzas, and chips. Then around 10:30 p.m., set out a breakfast buffet with premade casseroles, danishes, and fruit. It's a change for people and puts something in their stomach toward the end of the evening.
  • Add Refreshing Details

  • At midnight, there will be lots of kissing going on with everyone ringing in the New Year. So place mints in your bathroom to keep things fresh!
  • Help Your Guests Avoid aHangover

  • Have phone numbers on hand for your local taxi cab companies in case some of your guests need a lift home.
  • As a favor, give your guests fun care packages in small paper totes for New Year's Day. Fill the bags with aspirin, Alka-Seltzer, and vitamin C. Additionally, I like to give guests hot chocolate in a to-go container for the ride home!
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Rima Brindamour
Product Credit: (model on left) SUNO dress, Jill Stuart sweater, (model on right) SUNO top // Article Sven chair
Join The Conversation
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
The care packages are such a cute idea! I need to start making favors like that for all my parties, just like we used to for kids' birthday parties :) All of those tips are fantastic, really!
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