After last year’s disastrous and boring New Year’s Eve party at the neighbours’ you’ve decided to take the bull by the horns and have a party of your own. Scary stuff! But with a bit of aforethought it doesn’t have to be like that. The hardest part is figuring out how many people are going to show and then once they show, keeping them there. Most people have the choice of at least another three parties on New Year’s Eve and if your party is boring, uncomfortable or just not happening, people will move on to the next party.
One way around this is by having your party on a boat, let’s see them leave that party! AnyBoat.com.au have more than 50 boats available for New Year’s Eve and they have them in all sizes. No matter how big or small your party is, AnyBoat.com.au have the boat for you. You can have it catered or not and things can be as posh or relaxed as you would like it to be. The beauty of being on board a boat is that you can hang around Sydney Harbour and enjoy all the entertainment that Sydney provides on New Year’s Eve. Some charter boats are allowed within the exclusion zone and you will be able to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks displays up close and personal. Some charters are even allowed to join the Harbour Light Parade although these boats are booked out very quickly.
But not everyone likes boats so if you have to have it at your house, make sure your party is a stayer. There are lots of things you can do to make your party a stand-out where everyone will want to see in the New Year.
Decorate the house so as to give it a celebratory feel. Lots of fairy lights strung up around the place look marvelous and there are many LCD lights, flashing lights and strobe lights, that can be bought very cheaply online, to make your house strobe like a 1970s disco. Lots of streamers, balloons and ribbons will also add to the party atmosphere. Fill some of the balloons with confetti and pop them when midnight comes. Or you could write fortunes on slips of paper and pop them into the balloons.
Pinãtas are always popular although have the camera ready because you could win next year’s Funniest Home Videos with some of the things that happen when people beat a Pinãta after a few drinks.
There are safer games. Kareoke is always popular especially when the liquid courage starts to flow. The only trouble is, it could scare away some of your other guests. But there are other simple games like charades, Pictionary, Guesstures, Win Lose or Draw, of Catch Phrase that keep everyone involved and rolling around on the floor with laughter. Games are a great icebreaker if you have guests who don’t know each other and there are places that supply mystery party kits, also called ‘meet and mingle kits’. These kits supply a mystery that needs to be solved and everyone has to talk to each other to share their clues and solve the mystery.
Whichever game you decide on, write the rules in large print and hang them on the wall so as everyone can get in on the fun, and while you’re at it, write the words to Auld Lang Syne on a sheet of paper and hang that up too, so that everyone can sing along when midnight comes.
Make a champagne waterfall with some flutes and decorate the table with a variety of noise-makers as these are a necessity when the New Year arrives, you want to be able to greet the New Year with lots of bells and whistles, and don’t forget the party hats and tiaras!
You can also have a theme to your party and the possible themes are endless. Everyone loves an excuse to dress up and what better excuse do you need than a brand new year? You can centre the food, music, decorations and activities around the theme.
So don’t be afraid, having a party is not as bad as it sounds and you won’t have to worry about getting home afterwards.