If you want to make this New Year's Eve the best you've ever celebrated, then there are five essentials for planning a party you will want to remember. Organizing a party is difficult enough even when you are just gathering a few friends together for drinks in your home. If you are planning a real event, you need to get to work weeks in advance. Put together a guest list and let all of your friends and family members know that you'll be hosting this year so that they do not make any other plans. They can rent tuxedos or pick up formal gowns while you run around putting deposits on entertainers and interviewing chefs.
The best way to distinguish your New Year's Eve party from other parties throughout the year is to hold it at a special location. Rent out a great space, just like you would for a wedding. If you are planning a medium-sized party, either with families or just adults, look into renting a restaurant that has space for dancing. If you really want to throw a spectacular party, though, rent out an event space in a hotel with tables, a stage, and a dance floor. Imagine ringing in the New Year from a ballroom located on the top floor of a hotel overlooking your city.
Instead of creating a playlist from your MP3 player or even hiring a DJ, why not hire a live band for your New Year's Eve Bash? While it used to be standard at high-end weddings, it's probably been awhile since anyone you know attended a bash with live musicians. Hire a wedding band, as they will be able to play covers of all of your favorite party songs.
You need great food at your New Year's Eve party. If you really want to go over the top, hire a caterer with a wait staff to serve your guests a multi-course dinner before midnight. If your budget can't cover a full meal, you can opt to serve hors d'oeuvres instead. Tuxedoed waiters can circulate among your guests, distributing glasses of champagne and stuffed mushrooms on tiny napkins. Just skip the lobster and chicken, both of which are considered bad luck for New Year's.
An open bar will certainly take your New Year's Eve party to the next level. Invite your guests to come make a midnight champagne toast on your dime. Offering an open bar will ensure that your party does not run out of alcohol and spare your guests the trouble and expense of securing their own libations.
If you really want to make your New Year's Eve party memorable, decorate your location with streamers, noisemakers, and those funny glasses that are shaped like the year and hire a professional photographer to create some visual souvenirs. Your professional photographer will catch your guests dancing and enjoying themselves and is an expert in catching great scenes. You will be left with shots of guests toasting the New Year, wearing silly New Year's Eve Hats, and having fun in general. After your party, you can share the pictures with all of your friends and even order the best prints to frame.