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Another year is at the door, and soon your friends and family will be at your door, too. If your resolution for the new year is to spend more time with those you hold dear, then it’s the perfect opportunity to host a New Year’s Eve party at your home and reconnect with everyone at the end of the hectic holiday season.  It’s time to swap all the cozy red and green of Christmas for silver, gold, and glitter! Let’s ring in the new year with a fresh new outlook.

Man on a virtual computer call with friends celebrating New Year’s Eve

NYE Party Themes

When you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, remember: if you expect to still be partying when the ball drops, you want to kick off the festivities no earlier than 8:00 or 9:00 pm. You don’t want to have to keep the energy up and the drinks flowing for too long.

Of course, not all NYE celebrations need to last until midnight. Early New Year’s Eve parties are often welcome with partygoers who are happy to be home when the clock strikes midnight or may have other New Year’s Eve parties they also want to attend. So, think about your goals and your guest list. There are endless options for NYE party themes, but here are a few of our favorites.

My Favorite Year Party

Have guests dress as they would in a year that inspires them — whether in your lifetime, the distant past, or the future.

New Year’s Masquerade Party

Everyone should come to your party dressed in a manner that is classy, but mysterious. Masks mandatory.

A Virtual NYE Extravaganza

By now, we’re all skilled in the art of Zoom and Teams meetings. If you can’t be together in person, you can host this type of New Year’s Eve party by inviting a group to ring in the new year online. Mail out party hats, noise makers, and a snack. Ask everyone to describe their drink of choice, reveal their resolutions, and maybe share a virtual dance move.

Dinner on the Titanic

Eat and drink like there’s no tomorrow! Dress in your 1912 best or be a character from the film. Hand out life vests. Play Titanic trivia at the dinner table. Include the Erma Bombeck quote, “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” (Maybe serve dessert first.)

Meet Me at Time’s Square

To successfully throw this New Year’s Eve party, serve New York street fare such as pizza, bagels, and hot dogs. Decorate in bright colors. Drop a disco ball at midnight. Create a confetti storm.

Break Out the Bubbles

This NYE party theme requires lots of balloons, a bubble machine, and obviously a massive champagne tower!

New Year’s Pajama Party

This theme is best for hosting a New Year’s Eve party with kids or for those who like to turn in early. Make it cozy. Put out a hot cocoa bar. Add pillow and blankets. Play an old movie with a New Year’s theme (When Harry met Sally?).

Secret Speakeasy

Make hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home seem even cooler by turning your house into a speakeasy. Send guests a password they’ll need to get in the door. Or even better- instruct them to go around the back of the house to the patio door! Set up a full bar and hire bartenders. Dress for the 1920s, complete with gangsters and flappers.

Host a Midnight Brunch

Get a jump on 2023 with the first breakfast of the year. Put out piles of pancakes, waffles, donuts, and other classic brunch food. Sip on mimosas and Bloody Mary's. Sleep ‘til noon tomorrow.

Close up photo of pouring champagne into a champagne flute glass for New Year’s Eve

NYE Party Drinks & Cocktails

You can’t host a proper New Year’s Eve party without the popping of corks or some bubbles tickling your nose. When you’re deciding how to throw a New Year’s Eve party that will delight your friends and family, you’ll want to consider what drinks you’re going to provide. Here are some ideas to consider as you put together your soiree.

Choose a Signature Cocktail

Make it pretty but keep it simple and something you can make ahead. Once you’ve chosen your concoction, fill a few pitchers or a punchbowl so you can enjoy the night without having to play bartender.

Also Offer Some NYE Mocktails

Not everyone wants or can drink alcohol, but they do want to sip on something festive. Sparkling grape juice in champagne flutes with a few frozen grapes added should do the job. There are also a plethora of brands out there now that create non-alcoholic liquor and beer alternatives fit for any party.

Prosecco Popsicles

This frosty and delicious recipe using bubbly prosecco and frothy popsicles is the perfect New Year’s drink and adds colorful fun to a glass of champagne.

Gather ‘Round the Punchbowl

When hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home, you can make the bubbles go farther and let your guests serve themselves with a New Year’s Champagne punch that includes juice, ginger ale, and sherbet.

Gold confetti falling on 2 men and 2 women at a new year’s eve party

NYE Party Décor and Tunes

When it comes to New Year’s Eve ideas, it’s best to think “disco ball” — meaning the more glitter and glam the better. Here are a few simple ideas for decorating your NYE party and adding ambiance:

Let’s Disco

We’re serious about that disco ball. If you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve party, hang one (or many!) of these groovy decorations from the living room ceiling or in a front picture or bay window so that guests can spot where the party is at. Focus a spotlight on it and any room becomes a dance floor.

All That Glitters

To make the inside of your home truly sparkle, you can scatter glitter on the tables and countertops. If you don’t feel like vacuuming tomorrow, you can also utilize the leftover Christmas tinsel and garland to create the same shimmer effect.

Get Fancy

To create a more adult NYE party theme, light candles and place them on your kitchen garden windowsill and mantle. Break out the polished silver and crystal that’s been hiding in the cupboard and use to display your apps and desserts on. Choose a jazz playlist that’s both elegant and welcoming.

Keep it Classic

If you don’t have time to host the most creative New Year’s Eve party at home, that’s ok too. Stick to the classics. Buy silver or gold helium balloons in large 2023 numerals.  Set out confetti poppers, dim the lights, and let strings of twinkle lights do their magic while the countdown begins.

Turn it Up

When you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you should remember that no matter the décor, music always sets the scene. Put together a fabulous playlist mix from light jazz for evening conversation, to something more upbeat for the ball drop countdown, to Auld Lang Syne when the clock strikes midnight, followed by dance hits that span the decades.

Your friends at Window World wish you happiness and good health in the new year. We celebrate our customers all year through and look forward to seeing you soon at your local Window World store. When you’re ready to discuss new energy-efficient replacement windows and entry doors for your home, or any other exterior remodeling ideas, we’d love to chat. Schedule your free consultation and quote today.

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