After the Christmas presents have been unwrapped, it is time to start planning the New Year’s Eve celebration. Decorations set the tone when welcoming in a new year, so make them fabulous! Add some food, beverages, games, and music and you have yourself a party! These ideas are designed for a party that includes the youngest members of the family.
Step 1: Display food on rolling tables that can be wheeled away to make room for dancing and party games like Twister. Decorate the sides of plain tablecloths with colorful, patterned paper words like “enjoy” and “celebrate.”
Step 2: Keep alcoholic beverages on a table out of the way, so children will steer clear. Store bottles of beer and soda mixers in a tub filled with ice. Let the non-alcoholic punch and other child-friendly beverages take center stage with the food. You can even section off the adult beverage area using a portable privacy screen.
Step 3: Create festive drinking cups and glasses by wrapping self-adhesive vinyl around them, stenciling designs, and using a crafts knife to cut out the stencil. Etching cream should be applied to the area where the glass was cut.
Step 4: Make a new year’s cake and decorate it with fondant or fruit leather bubbles. Put some sparklers on top and light them to welcome the new year with some dazzle.
Step 5: Turn a snack tray into a work of art, layering different types of olives, cheese, and some artichokes in a tall, clear glass. Do the same with sliced or chunked fruit, using strawberries, kiwis, grapes, melons, and pineapples.
Step 6: Serve easy party foods like an antipasto platter, veggies and dip, and chicken and steak skewers. This way, guests will not fill up and be sleepy before the ball drops in Times Square. Have plenty of kid-friendly eats on hand, including pretzels, chips, chicken fingers, and French fries.