Six tips for throwing the perfect stay-at-home NYE party
There’s always a sense of pressure surrounding New Year’s Eve plans and this year will be no different as we all look forward to ringing in 2022 with friends and family by our side.
But with more than two-thirds of us opting to see the new year in at home, we’ve got six top tips for throwing the best stay-at-home NYE party ever. Whether it’s a formal dinner party, a casual and cosy gathering, or a full-on house party, our tips will help you throw a memorable and festive bash from the comfort of your own home.
1. Create a festive mood: Leave the Christmas decorations up to keep the seasonal atmosphere alive. To take your efforts to the next level, embrace dim lighting and fill the room with fairy lights and candles to create an attractive and relaxing ambiance for your guests.
2. Consider picking a theme: If hosting a larger group, invite everyone to get involved by establishing a theme for the party. If you’re bringing together lots of people who don’t know each other well, fancy dress could be a great option as it breaks the ice and gives your guests an instant conversation starter.
3. Refreshments: The best hosts keep their guests well fed and hydrated. Setting up food and drink stations allows people to help themselves to refreshments throughout the evening. You could even ask guests to each bring a dish, making everyone feel like they have played a role in the party.
4. Embrace your space: Set up the rooms in your house with areas where small groups can congregate. Consider zoned areas set up for relaxing, dancing, eating and playing games.
5. Plan entertainment: Since NYE parties typically tend to last long into the early hours, break up the evening by planning a few activities for your guests. Think about music, games and quizzes to keep the party going!
6. Recruit helpers: Take the stress out of party planning by involving your friends and family in the process, sharing out roles and responsibilities and ensuring you have time to relax and enjoy spending time with your guests.