New Year’s Eve is a night for celebration, but, many people have shied away from hosting a New Year’s Eve party due to the liability that comes along with it. The down side is that you are missing a great opportunity to gather friends and family to celebrate the beginning of a new year, and, there is New Year’s Eve liability insurance available if you really wish to play it safe. Companies such as Westpoint Insurance make it fast and easy to receive a no obligation quote for your party.
Now that you’ve have liability under control, invitations are the next step to planning your New Year’s Eve party. Evites or paper invitations are both acceptable. (If you are having a more formal New Year’s Eve paper invitations should be sent.) New Year’s Eve invitations should be sent after Thanksgiving and no later than the first week of December. It is a very popular night of the year, and, people tend to accept invitations on a first come, first serve basis.
At this point you will want to start thinking about hiring staff for the evening — at the very least a bartender. This may sound like a complete indulgence but, hiring a bartender may not be as outrageous of an extravagance you may believe. A professional bartender not only instinctively knows who is over 21 and can legally drink, but, they are also trained and experienced in cutting off someone who might be drinking a bit too much and shouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car. Most major cities have companies that specialize in staffing for parties including bartenders.
Now you need to think about what you will need for your bar set-up. Most people don’t know where to begin when buying alcohol for a party. They usually buy too little or too much, and, let’s face it — neither is good situation to be in – especially New Year’s Eve!! Fortunately, there are drink calculator apps and drink calculator webpages such as BevMo.com that help take the guess work out of how much to buy. If you plan to serve champagne New Year’s Eve there is a great champagne calculator available from The Champagne Company which will help you determine how many bottles of bubbly you’ll need for your party.
Now it is time to start menu planning. New Year’s Eve is all about glitz and glamour and it’s time to put out something better than pretzel and beer! You can contact your local catering company for ideas and pricing or if you don’t have a large budget or simply want to create your menu yourself websites such as Food Network have tons of ideas and suggestions.
Don’t ignore or overlook decorations and party favors for New Year’s Eve. Silver and gold are the colors of the evening! Party supply stores such as Party City will have nearly every party item you’ll need for a successful and fun night. Party City even has pre-assembled New Year’s Eve party kits for 10 to 300 people, and, start as low as under $1 per person.
Finally, be smart and play it safe. If guests arrive without an assigned designated driver for the evening, be sure you have the phone number to several local taxi companies to help get your guests home safely. (You may want to call taxi companies ahead of New Year’s Eve to confirm availability and rates.)