Are you getting ready to ring in 2019 with style? There’s no doubt it can be tough and there’s a lot to get done before the big party, but it can certainly be done with a little organisation, time management, and creativity.
Here are our 5 best tips to help you plan your most epic New Year’s party yet.
1. Choose a venue/event space
An excellent first step to take when beginning the planning stages of your New Year’s celebration is figuring out where it will be held. When starting your search, be sure to consider the different factors that go into the venue selection. Keeping aspects like the number of guests, size of space and potential seating arrangements are important to keep in the back of your mind as you compare your options.
To make your life easier and save tons of time, try turning to online venue directories to help make the prospecting process simpler. These tools are extremely helpful in providing venue details, photos, booking information and more, and can make the process of comparing multiple event spaces very easy.
2. Select food and drink wisely
Some may say that the food and drink for the party are just as important as the clock striking midnight, so be sure to put consideration into what will please everyone. In terms of food, going the catering route may be the best option with an event like New Year’s. Plus, caterers often have New Year’s discounts or certain packages that can make things easier. However, there are plenty of other options for selecting a winning menu as well if you aren’t looking to cater.
For the drinks, be sure to be responsible and careful when selecting how you want alcohol to be distributed. Some options include open bar, buying yourself, or having guests bring their own. This is really a subjective call as an organiser and depends on which option you feel your guests can handle.
3. Stay organised and keep a guest list
If you don’t keep yourself organised whilst planning, you are going to drive yourself crazy. For starters, try creating an event page for your party which can make for easy RSVPing and can help guests figure out what to bring to the party. There are tons of online event planners that can help streamline this process and help spread the word of the party almost instantly.
As an organiser, these tools can be extremely helpful in terms of getting a head count, gaining advice from your guests, and posting updates or any detail changes that may arise.
Keeping a guest list is also a great idea if you know you are planning on many guests. Often time venues have capacity limits and guests may want to bring their friends too, so patrolling who enters may be something to consider (especially if you plan food and drink for a certain amount of people).
4. Decor and atmosphere
Making sure your party’s decor game is on point will help make it a memorable and exciting evening that nobody will forget. Anything that says “Welcome 2019” will surely do, but upping the ante can make for a much more wholesome atmosphere.
Photobooths, party games, and other experiences are all fun activities to get everyone involved and having a great time. Make sure you keep your guests and their enjoyment in mind when selecting the entertainment!
5. Prepare for the countdown
If there’s one thing to remember as you plan: it’s preparing for the countdown. This will be the climax of the evening and it’s the beginning of a new year, so make sure it’s exciting! Whether you’re preparing with bottles of champagne or scribbling down your New Year’s resolution, be sure to accommodate for the big moment.
Noisemakers and hats are always fun accessories to provide as the clock strikes midnight and excitement fills the air. Get creative and ask your friends for good ideas on how to spruce up the final seconds before the new year.
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