Goodbye to 2019: How to Throw an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve House Party
While there’s no denying the chair by the snack table is the most sought after spot at any party, food isn’t the only thing that keeps guests happy and entertained. So, if you want to see 2019 out in style with a New Year’s Eve house party, we’re here with plenty of ideas to help ensure the evening goes off with a bang.
It’s all in the atmosphere…
Let’s be honest, we’ve all been to at least one house party where we’ve known just from walking in the door that we should’ve listened to our hearts and stayed at home with Strictly. And that’s usually because of the atmosphere – or lack of atmosphere – when we arrived. If you’re keen to make sure your guests don’t feel the same way, attention must be paid!
New Year is all about glitz and glam, so don’t be afraid to throw on something sparkly and get right into the festive spirit. Everyone knows one of the fundamentals of a house party is getting dolled to the nines to spend an evening at home! If you want to be a top-notch host, looking, smelling and feeling great is all part of the fun.
With your outfit taken care of, it’s time to turn your attention to your house. Hopefully your decs are still up (if not, why not?!) so get those Christmas lights set to twinkle mode. To ramp things up a notch, all-in-one party lights like the Equinox microbar won’t take up too much room – and you can always grab a bargain smoke machine to really impress your guests.
Okay, so the stage is set, you’re looking like a festive treat and your lighting is on point, it’s time to move onto the good stuff…
…the food (and drink)…
Okay, it’s time to get serious. Food and drink can be a game changer – no one accepts a house party invite without expecting some delicious foodie treats. And when it comes to alcohol, you’ll want to encourage everyone to bring a bottle – trust us, your wine shelf will run dry really quickly otherwise!
If it’s a friends and family sort of bash, get everyone to pitch in by baking a treat or bringing along that cheeseboard that they bought but no one has touched because they’re still full from Christmas dinner. Designate a food area and have everything laid out ready for when your guests arrive so they can just tuck in.
Expect plenty of festive-themed food contributions. After all, if The Pogues are still playing, then of course it’s still totally acceptable to be tucking into mince pies – which finally brings us onto…
Hopefully there’ll be plenty of chatter going on, but without a soundtrack to accompany your evening, your guests will have left long before Big Ben chimes 12! Whether you’re a Spotify lover or your heart lies with Amazon, you should make sure you have a cracking playlist to see guests through from arrival until the last bottle of fizz runs dry.
Even for self-confessed music novices, there’s an option to help you throw an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party. The best speakers for house parties don’t have to be the most expensive, after all, they only need to suit a small space – and something like the Ibiza Sound PORT8VHF-BT or the KAM RZ10AP would be ideal for what you need.
Simply load up a YouTube playlist on your smartphone or tablet, use Bluetooth to connect to the PA system and you’ll have your very own karaoke set up! The speakers in these systems also come with media players built in, so you can plug in an SD card or USB. And with handheld microphones, you can give guests your best rendition of Auld Lang Syne – or just use it to call last orders when it’s kicking out time!
So, there you go. Now you can throw an unforgettable New Year’s Eve house party in 3 simple steps. We’ll look forward to our invite!
Whatever you’re getting up to this New Year’s Eve, have fun and stay safe.
Here’s to 2020!
The Prebeat team