Throwing the New Year’s Party of the Year

By John Focht

New Year’s Eve is just days away; do you have everything you need to throw the bash of the year? Throwing a New Year’s Eve party does not need to be complicated. Here are three ideas you need to close out 2013 with style, and open 2014 with a bang.


As with any party, the right mix of food usually goes a long way toward the success of your party.  New Year’s Eve parties can be a bit tricky when it comes deciding on what to serve.

If you are holding a New Year’s party that you expect to last well into the early hours of the morning of January 1, you should plan to serve more than just your typical appetizers and snacks.

Break out the crock pot, and maybe borrow a second, and serve some hot roast beef and hot turkey sandwiches.  Hot roast beef and hot turkey sandwiches are great meals for parties that start later in the night like a New Year’s Eve party.  They will provide your guests with a great base without making them feel overstuffed.

Mix in a few appetizers and snacks and you will be good to go for the night.

Holiday Decorations

Although some of you may like taking the Christmas tree down the morning of December 26, be sure to keep the tree and holiday decorations up through New Year’s Day.

The Holiday Season is a festive time of year.  Keeping the tree up through your New Year’s Eve party will be sure way to keep the holiday theme alive.

Be sure to get some New Year’s decorations too.  Traditional New Year’s bells and streamers will add to the Christmas and Holiday theme of your home.

And don’t forget noise makers.  Go old-school to and bang some pots-and-pans out on the front yard at midnight.


Well, it is New Year’s Eve after all.  Be sure you have champagne for your guests to ring in the New Year.

Plenty of red and white wine as well as an assortment of liquors for the gin-and-tonic, and vodka-and-cranberry juice fans.  An assortment of holiday beers and lite beers will be sure to keep the beer drinkers merry during the midnight toast too.  But be sure to have lots of waters and non-alcoholic drinks on hand too for the designated drivers of the night.

Most importantly, be safe and happy on this New Year’s Eve!


Originally published on Yahoo Voices Network! on December 23, 2013.