For a New Year's
to remember choose a unique location or transform a room into a
festive setting. Choose a theme, allowing your invitations and
decorations to set the stage, and remember to take the time for
the finishing touches - lighting, food, and party favors.
your party details rolled up in a small wine bottle.
party details on the "tail" of a party blow out.
Unroll a party
hat, write information on the inside, fold and send.
Blow up a
latex balloon, write party details in permanent marker,
deflate balloon to send.
confetti in the envelope.
Take a picture
of a clock with its hands pointing to midnight - write details
on the back of the picture.
confetti and serpent throws over the tables. Hang crepe
streamers from the ceiling.
balloon drop kit, fill an assortment of latex balloons with
air & hang from ceiling. At midnight, pull cord and have
your own balloon drop.
balloons with large spoonfuls of confetti by inserting a
funnel into the mouth of each balloon and sliding the confetti
inside. Fill balloons with helium. Tie the balloons with
colorful ribbon and let them float up to the ceiling. At
midnight, pull down a balloon and pop it.
Candles or dim
lights will add to the festive atmosphere.
New Year's Eve
just wouldn't be New Year's Eve without plenty of horns, hats
for New Year's Eve that will keep the kids busy and hopefully out
You need; glitter, glue, scissors, and paper.
1. Fold paper into a cone and glue along the seam.
2. Round the bottom edge.
3. Squirt glue in a design around the hat.
4. Over newspaper, sprinkle the glitter.
You need: Colored paper or wrapping paper, glue or tape,
scissors, toilet paper roll, yarn and beans or rice.
1. Measure paper to go around the toilet paper roll making
each side about 3 inches longer on each end.
2. Glue the paper onto the roll leaving the ends open.
3. Tie one end with the yarn tightly.
4. Add rice or beans through the open end.
5. Tie the last end tightly with yarn.
You need: Crepe paper or tissue paper. yarn.
1. Cut different length strips of paper.
2. Tie together at one end with yarn.
3. Hang in the doorways! Have fun!
off the color sheets and have fun!
favors and gifts
WINE BOTTLE: print striking personalized wine labels
celebrating the millennium. Include guests' names, the date,
and the party location. Steam off labels from bottles of good
red wine and replace them with your own labels. Guests can
then keep the wine for the future.
CHAMPAGNE GLASSES: take plastic champagne flutes - write your
guest's name, hot glue "gems", add a touch of color
with a swirl or two of glass paint. Each unique design will
help guests keep track of their drink throughout the evening.
THE PAJAMA PARTY
- since most people spend the better part of the holidays squeezing into
trendy black outfits, why not encourage them to wear pj's to your New
Year's Eve party.
party details on a miniature pillow.
Decor: Pillows and
sleeping bags on the floor board games and decks of cards around the
sandwiches, pizza, chips 'n dip, popcorn and drinks. Or serve a
breakfast buffet right after midnight - after all it's morning.
Special pillowcases or blankets, printed toothbrushes.
21ST CENTURY PARTY - Incorporate ideas of what the future will
party information on silver or gold stars.
glow-in-the-dark planets and stars from the ceiling; replace
ordinary lightbulbs with blue colored ones; balloon bouquets of
blue, silver, gold, white balloons incorporating mylar moons &
stars. Music from 2001: Space Odyssey.
Food: space food
(i.e. beef jerky, instant mashed potatoes,Tang) or just keep it
simple with chips 'n dips, veggies 'n dip, etc. to graze on.
Party Favors: glow
in the dark.
to do at Midnight?
the countdown in Times Square on TV.
Move your party to
another location (beach, field, yard, rooftop).
(displays are scheduled just about everywhere).
Invite your guests
to bring objects to create a time capsule.
everyone's New Year's resolutions (show it at next year's party).
Plant a tree.
Break a piņata
filled with all sorts of fun gifts.
Clank pots and pans.
101: From Pop to Pour
Remove outer foil
wrap and untwist but do not remove the wire cage. Keep a thumb on
top of the bottle to prevent an unexpected pop of the cork.
Cover the cork and
wire cage with a cloth. Holding the bottle at a 45-degree angle
creates less pressure in a bottle's neck. Gently twist the cork
(with its wire cage) in one direction and the bottle in the opposite
direction. The cork should ease smoothly from the bottle with a
delicate pop, not a loud bang.
Pour a splash of
champagne slowly down the side of a champagne flute. Allow the
bubbles to diminish, then slowly fill again.
Special Plans for the Kids
Special tribute and
plans should be made when children are included. Here are some tips:
Provide a special
meal area for kids, such as a den, porch, balcony, or a special area
of the party room.
Decorate the area
with balloons and festive year 2000 touches (streamers, confetti,
party favors). Maybe blend in their own theme, such as space - Alien
or Star Wars.
Provide kid friendly
seating: small furniture, picnic-style with plastic tablecover on
the floor, Japanese style on pillow seats around a low coffee table.
foods: mini-sized portions, individual pizzas, finger sandwiches.
Special ice cream treats or a sundae bar are a big hit for kids of
themed paper or plastic tableware, bright tablecovers and place mats
personalized with kids' names make a definite statement of each
Plan activities for
children: craft projects, such as party hats, candy necklaces - made
by kids worn by adults; hired entertainment, dances, carnival
concession-type activities, videos.
Set clocks ahead and
have a special New Year's Eve celebration oriented for the children.
Party Smart Tips
Hosting a New Year's
party assures that you will be with those special people when the Year
2000 begins. PartySmart.com wants to help you, the Party Smart host, to
plan a party that is not only fun but safe for everyone. So keep the
following tips in mind when serving alcohol at your party:
Always serve food,
especially high protein foods, which slow the rate at which the body
beverages for your guests too.
Stop serving alcohol
about one hour before the party is scheduled to end. Emphasize
non-alcoholic drinks and high protein food toward the end of the
party - only TIME can help someone sober up.
If a guest has
over-indulged, TAKE the car keys away, call a cab or have a
non-drinking guest drive him/her home.