New Year's Eve is always a special time of year- one week after the hectic Christmas rush and the start of a whole new year of possibilities. By your mid-twenties most of us have experienced the overblown & expensive hotel party experience. If this type of NYE bash is not your style and you are opting for throwing your own house party, here are a few tips to make your night more enjoyable and keep your guests happy.
#1. A new chic way to label drinks. This idea is so easy, inexpensive and awesome that I can't believe I hadn't thought of it before! Dip the base of your wine glasses in chalkboard paint so guests can write their names on their glass AND the chalk will rinse off in the wash ready for your next party! This chalkboard paint to label idea can also be used on pint glasses and on wine glasses to give pairing ideas as well.
#2. Instead of spending a lot on a full bar, have a champagne bar. Champagne is the drink for celebrations and specifically for New Year's Eve. Create a champagne bar with different types of champagne, fresh sliced fruit and juices so guests can make any tasty cocktail from mimosas to bellinis to whatever their imagination can envision. Also a free standing bar means the hosts can be free to mingle and not play bartender all night long. Let guests know ahead of time that you are supplying a champagne bar and they are welcome to bring any other alcohol if they are not champagne drinkers.