Three…Two…One…Theme! Count Down in Style with These New Year’s Eve Party Ideas
By Melisa Comack –
Looking to make this New Year’s Eve one to remember? Here are five party themes that will keep guests from dozing off on the couch before the ball drops.
Black and White
A black-and-white party is a sophisticated way to celebrate. Invite guests to wear black and white, and be prepared for anything from top hats and tails to tuxedo-printed t-shirts. Decorate with black-and-white streamers, balloons and table linens. Serve champagne in elegant flutes, and pass black-and-white caviar-and-egg hors d’oeuvres on silver trays. For dessert, bake a checkerboard cake, and at midnight, unleash black-and-white confetti on the crowd.
Bond. James Bond.
Celebrate like 007 with a James-Bond-inspired bash. Invite guests to sip shaken-not-stirred martinis in black-tie attire. Rent some casino games for entertainment, or send guests on a secret-mission scavenger hunt. Have spy gadgets on hand for guests to play with, and blast James Bond music at the stroke of midnight.
Get creative with game night. Divide guests into teams and play New Year’s games. Create trivia questions about events from the past year for a “Big Fat Quiz 2012,” or ask guests to write down their resolutions and place them in a hat, there’s no better ice breaker than having guests try to guess who’s resolved what. Decorate with classic board game boards, spinners and pieces, and serve cakes covered in question marks or cookies shaped like dice. The evening’s grand champion gets to kiss the big loser at midnight.
A fun way to start a new year is to recall decades past. Turn your home into a speakeasy for the night and party like a flapper. Decorate with feathers and fringe, and offer up classic bar fare. Ask guests for a password from their invitations before they enter, and have plenty of feathered headbands, hats and long strands of faux pearls on hand so everyone can dress the part. Serve libations in coffee mugs or hidden inside brown bags, and crank up the jazz at midnight.
Dancin’ in the Dark
Host a rave in your own living room this New Year’s Eve with a blacklight party. Wear bright white clothes that glow and pass out neon necklaces, rings and bracelets to the guests. Drink quinine-infused tonic water and freeze it into ice cubes for beverages that glow. Frost desserts with tonic-water icings, and make some tonic-water Jell-O, and at midnight, set off strobe lights or spinning colored disco lights.