Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve gathering this year? After spending well over a month decorating, entertaining, and getting ready for Christmas, chances are you don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing for something else just a week later.
There are a few things you can do to throw a New Year’s party with an hour (two tops!) of prep. This way you can enjoy the holiday without spending days planning. All it takes is keeping everything as SIMPLE as possible.
How to Throw a New Year’s Party with 1 Hour Prep
Keep the Decorations Simple OR Don’t Have Any
- First things first. You want to keep the decorations to a minimum…or have NONE at all.
- You don’t have to go overboard with New Year’s Eve. Decide whether or not you want a casual party or something elegant. Either way, you don’t have to spend a lot of time.
- Use your food and drinks to set the mood. You can then add a stack of party hats in silver or gold and sprinkle a bit of New Year’s confetti along the table.
If you’d like a super simple banner you can print this one HERE. You’ll just need to print, cut it out and string it together.
That’s really all you need to do. If you’re doing a casual party, hang a fun banner you picked up at the store, set some party hats next to your front door, and call it a day.
Opt for Quick Fix Foods
You don’t have to spend a lot of time preparing a big fancy spread. Instead, opt for making appetizers or having the meal catered.
My suggestion is…go to the store and pick up all the things you need for an amazing meat and cheese tray. This can be as simple or as elaborate as you want.
Ideas for a charcuterie board:
When you get home, it’s as easy as opening, washing and putting out on a tray. Remember the sparking wine or juice to ring in the New Year, as well.
Music Sets the Mood
Don’t forget the music. You might want to turn on a count down at the end of the night, but make sure you have some music playing in the background.
I love this having a portable speaker, like this ART Speaker I got from Tivoli Audio. It moves around the room and has incredible sound quality.
These speakers are both WiFi or Bluetooth so they connect to anyone’s phone at the party. (I love them so much I got 2!)
A New Year’s party is one of the easiest parties you can throw and doesn’t need to be complicated. Just keep the decorations, food, and music simple. An hour or two is all you need to pull off a great get-together.
This New Year’s, don’t sweat it…relax and enjoy your guests.