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    Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    New Years Eve is an exciting holiday for many. It is traditionally one of the holidays in which most people participate in parties with friends and family members. While going to parties is a great deal of fun, it is also a lot of fun to host your own New Years Eve party as well. It is definitely a lot of work to plan a memorable party but it is a great deal of fun as well. This article will offer a few basic tips for planning a New Years Eve party. These tips should be useful for both novice party planners as well as those who have a great deal of experience in planning parties for their friends and relatives.

    The first step in planning any party including a New Years Eve party is to consider your guest list. This is important because it will help you to determine where to hold the party. For example if you have a fairly small home and want to host a party for over one hundred people, you will obviously have to consider hosting the party either in a much larger house or even in a catering hall or restaurant. When you are planning your guest list, you should figure each solely guest will likely bring a date with them. This is only reasonable and it would be considered tacky to tell guests they are not able to bring a date to the party.

    Deciding whom to invite is not the only concern here. You should also consider how you plan to invite your guests. You have a number of options here. The most traditional way to invite guests to a party is to mail out invitations to each individual guest or married couple you plan to invite to the party. The invitations should include all of the pertinent information including date, time and location and should also include instructions for responding to the invitation. These instructions should include a deadline for responding and a method of responding such as calling by phone or sending an email.

    Other options for sending invitations include calling the guests or sending out an electronic invitation via email. Although paper invitations were considered the only method for awhile, it is now considered acceptable to send out other non traditional invitations for any party or event.

    Once you have determined the number of guests and the location of the party, it is time to consider the food and beverages for the party. Since most New Years Eve parties start rather late in the evening, appetizers and cocktails make an excellent idea for food. However, if you plan to start your New Years Eve party at an earlier time such as five or six o’clock in the evening, you should consider having more substantial food at your party. You might opt for an elaborate sit down dinner or include a buffet in your party.

    Still another food option for New Years Eve parties is to host a brunch on New Years Day. You may offer finger foods, appetizers and cocktails in the evening and early morning but then start serving breakfast items as the sun starts to rise. This allows the party to go on a little longer because guests do not start leaving because they begin to get hungry.

    When planning a New Years Eve party you should also consider the type of entertainment you plan to provide at the party. You might consider hiring a band for the duration of the party or for only a few hours during the party. Other entertainment ideas include have a DJ or playing your own recorded music. More elaborate and less traditional ideas for entertainment include hosting a murder mystery or hiring an improve group to perform. These are both fun ideas for entertainment because they get all of the guests involved in the fun.

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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    Pretty timely, don't you think?

    I still can't remember what happened on Dec 31, 2010.
    Oh yeah. Nothing.
    Dec 31 parties suck.

    Looking for critique. Is that why you posted this?

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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    John gets paid pennies an hour to spam message boards. It is his life's work.

    Please, don't make fun of him.


    I'm kidding!

    He's a knob.

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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    "Once you have determined the number of guests and the location of the party, it is time to consider the food and beverages for the party."

    Could there really be someone on the face of the earth who could not figure this out for themselves?

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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    "You may offer finger foods."

    I'm offering you my middle finger, Johnabair. Feed on that!

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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    Mr. johnbair johnbair,

    I would like to throw a humongous Valentine's Day party and wonder if you could help me. I thought perhaps the theme could be based on the infamous Valentine's Day massacre of 1929. You know, Al Capone and like that.

    I would need seven well-dressed male bodies that have been riddled with bullets, with blood splattered everywhere. Do you think I should look for real.blood (and real bodies, for that matter), and if so, from what source? I thought maybe a local butcher shop would supply me with some blood, but if you have better ideas, I would appreciate hearing them. I'm not anywhere near a slaughter house, fortunately. Those places reek.

    Do you think finger food would be appropriate for a party such as this? What fun things could the guests do? Pretend to kill one another with toy guns? But, good gracious, I have no idea where to buy the guns. Target?

    I'm really getting excited about this upcoming party. Are there any more FUN things you can suggest?

    Thanks ever so much....

    *_*


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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    Kitty, if that's the theme you want, you probably want to ask Duff Goldman to provide the cake.

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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    Great idea, Joe. I'm thinking an "out jumps Al Capone from the center of the cake, toting a gun" type thing, though. Do you suppose the Duff Goldman outfit could arrange this? The crowd would or course squeal with a mixture of delight and horror. Oh, the fun!

    I'm also looking for people to help finance this extravaganza. Any volunteers? I'd send you a toy gun, depending on the extent of your generosity. And maybe a valentine.

    *_*

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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    Duff Goldman's cakes are very interesting and complicated. They're art.

    But they never really look delicious. As a cakeaholic, I want cake to taste fabulous. If it's called "cake" I'm going to eat it, even if it isn't meant to be eaten. I'm a junkie.

    "I'm also looking for people to help finance this extravaganza. Any volunteers?"

    You could ask for donations on indegogo.com. I've seen a lot of strange stuff posted there for financial help.

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    Re: Tips for New Years Eve Party Planning

    leslee, I was thinking maybe the guys at the Onion would help me spread the word.

    http://www.theonion.com/

    They're starting a new TV show tonight. Should be interesting.

    *_*

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