You’ve finally plucked up the courage to host your own New Years Eve party. You sent out the invitation on Facebook weeks ago, and all your friends have been talking about is how totally excited they are! You’ve been joining in on the enthusiastic banter of course, and ensuring everybody that you’ve got this whole thing under control. No, you don’t need to bring anything, just come along and enjoy the party.
When you woke up this morning, however, all notions of your calm, cool and collected self have flown out the door as it’s dawned on you that NEW YEARS EVE IS TONIGHT- and the only thing you’ve really planned for your party is trying to position yourself next to your spunky neighbour Dave during the countdown in the hopes of a sneaky kiss when the clock strikes 12.
If you’re starting to feel like your party, which you were sure was going to be the best party in the history of all parties, is slipping through your fingers, don’t panic. Simply read on for some super easy tips on how to resurrect your gig in just a few hours, leaving you plenty of time to doll yourself up for Dave!
- First of all, even if you’ve stipulated BYO on your invites, you should still have some communal drinks available for your guests. Especially if you want to keep people at your place until the big countdown! As it’s summer in Australia, some sort of beach themed drink is sure to be a hit, just like these Coconut Mango Mojitos. Minimum ingredients for maximum success! For the full recipe click here.
- Another thing you should also have organised for your party are some sort of snacks. After all, food is always a good idea when the drinks are sure to be flowing. So, prepare some easy to handle finger food and your guests are sure to be raving about your party for many New Years’ to come!
Continuing on the coconut theme, we’ve provided some quick and cheap recipes to help you out. For quality assurance, we’ve already taste tested these bad boys.
Spicy Coconut Oil Treats– a twist on your regular coconut oil chocolate!
Raw Coconut Bliss Balls– handy finger food that tastes great and is also packed full of nutritious goodness.
NB: BOTH OF THESE RECIPES WILL MELT IN EXTREME HEAT. For a super cute display option, hollow out some real coconuts, fill with treats and put on ice!
- If you’ve convinced yourself that grown up parties only include standing around, talking about ‘serious grown up stuff’, then you’re really missing out on some fun times. You know how they say that when you’re a kid, all you want to do is be an adult, and when you grow up, all you want to do is be a kid again? The same applies to how you party- so crack out those corny games and get ready to have some laughs! Twister is an all time classic that will never go out of fashion, but you can also ‘adult up’ other favourites like Pass the Parcel and even Musical Chairs! And think about it this way- New Years is a time for new beginnings, so technically, if you embarrass yourself on New Years Eve, it won’t even count the next day, right?!
- The last, and most important thing to remember when you’re hosting a party is to HAVE FUN. Nobody likes a micro managing party host, so when the guests start arriving, take your frazzled party planner hat off and replace it with your party hat! The beauty about having a gathering as a grown up is that everybody is old enough and ugly enough to look after themselves, so don’t go into meltdown mode if someone is momentarily standing by themselves or a drink gets knocked over. Think about it this way, frowning causes wrinkles- and the last thing you want Dave to see is you looking wrinkly and upset when you’re trying to line him up for that midnight smooch!So if you follow these few simple steps, you’ll be right on your way to a fantastic night and countless fist bumps and high fives in the year to come from friends congratulating you on such a cracking night! Who knows, it might even encourage Dave to stick around until next New Years!
Have a great night guys, and we’ll see you in 2015!