If you're hosting a New Year's Eve party, it's not a bit too early to plan it. Besides making your guest list and sending out invitations, you'll need to plan for food and you'll need to buy things like party hats and noise makers. If you are having the celebration at home, at least your Christmas decorations will add to the festivity of the night. Another thing to factor in is what the entertainment will be for your guests. Here are some ideas that might help you plan something fun and memorable.
Upon Arrival - A great way to start your evening is with an ice breaker, One that is fun is to give everybody a slip of paper with a question on it. The answer to the question is found on the bottom of somebody's drinking glass. So, the goal is for each person to go to each guest to check the bottom of that person's glass for the answer to the question. Pretty soon, besides finding answers, your guests will be visiting with each other.
More Games - Did you see the movie, Charade, where Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant are involved in a game with a bunch of strangers and they to pass an orange from one person to the next without touching it with their hands? That scene in the movie was hilarious, and your guests will be laughing and having fun, too. Another idea for a game is to play an adult version of Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey. Except, this time use a poster of Father Time. Each person has to wear a blindfold and try to put a hat on his head.
Dancing - Think about hiring a professional DJ to make dancing the central part of your the night's entertainment. DJs are affordable and will make your party totally awesome. It's a good idea to go ahead and hire one now, as he or she will be in high demand for New Year's Eve. The great part about hiring a DJ (such as one from Crystal Sound) is that, besides providing great music for your event, the DJ can even lead your games for you. And, if you aren't comfortable picking your own games, the DJ will certainly incorporate fun activities into the evening for you. A good DJ will even have fun lighting and other props, and he or she will know how to handle electronic problems if they arise.
When the clock strikes 12:00, think about bringing in the New Year with a special toast. And, most important of all, have a backup plan for guests who may have had too much to drink.