Another year bites the dust, prompting an inevitable reflection on the year gone by. But let's be serious, it calls for a party! Nothing begs an all-out bash quite like New Year's Eve so hop to it and start your party planning here. Whether you prefer a more traditional night with noisemakers and champagne or a one-of-a-kind party (check out our ideas below) get your party favors here. Oh, and Happy New Year!
* Tell your friends and family of the date personally, because you want to make sure they show up. Send invitations!
* Buy party favors and snacks.
* Time to buy alcohol so you can make plenty of celebratory toasts. In addition to mixers, beer, and liquor, this is the night for popping bottles of champagne.
* Make sure you have music. Nice computer speakers with a subwoofer connected to an iPod will usually suffice.
* Have something for the kids to do--a new year's themed activity or video games for the less creative.
* Sit back and have a good time.
No matter your style, it just isn't New Year's Eve without these.
Want to try something new? Check out these fun ideas for an out-of-the-ordinary party.
Host a Retro Bash
In keeping with New Year's theme of reflection, why not host a throwback party? Let nostalgia reign! Your friends will be talking about this for, well, years to come. Here are a few ways to make it happen.
Ring in the new year with a breakfast buffet.
Just because you didn't make it to Vegas for New Year's Eve doesn't mean you can't party casino-style.
Too much gray can be a gloomy color scheme, so opt for lots of bold patterns in high contrast black and white only. And don't forget to wear a black and white dress or zoot suit!
Keep your kids entertained on New Year's Eve without the help of a babysitter. There are plenty of ways to throw a fun party and get the kids involved at the same time. Here are a few suggestions.
* '''Let your kids help with the planning.''' Your kids will be more excited if they feel as if they've had a hand in putting it together. Plus, it gives you an idea of what they'd like to do and if it clashes with what you feel is appropriate and fun.
* '''Pick the games you'll play.''' Some suggestions for games include Twister, charades, sardines (a hide-and-seek game where one person hides, and everyone who finds him/her squeezes into the hiding spot. The person who finds everyone last is the next to hide.)
* '''Invite a friend or two to spend the night.''' Most people fear drunk drivers on New Year's Eve, so the security of both parent and child not having to be on the road is a plus. It'll also mean more fun for your kids, too. All of them can stay up till midnight or even later, granted that they don't keep you up.
* '''Let your children make their own dinner.''' Set up a table with ingredients for a simple dinner (pizza, for example) and let them put together their own dinner. For pizza, buy the dough, sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and whatever else the kids may enjoy.
What to Wear
Whether you are throwing the party or you are the guest, dressing up for New Year's Eve is always a must. Here are some basic ideas that wil keep you looking classy and festive at the same time.