HOW Throw a Classy New Years TO Eve Party
By Kathryn Przybyla It’s been a long year. We’re just about to cram our way through finals and finish those group projects. But never fear because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And that light my friends, is called New Year’s Eve. The last day of the year will be celebrated by millions all over the world, with the promise of a new beginning and a fresh start. Here at UB, New Year’s Eve beautifully falls right in the middle of our winter break, leaving plenty of room for both preparation and recovery. It’s one of the most social events of the year, where we share memories with friends and family and make resolutions for the year to come. This year however will be different. It will be the classiest night of your life. Planning a classy New Year’s Eve party is the epitome of social events. Playing host to such an event requires a little prep and planning, but is not impossible. With a little help from this guide, your affair will be the talk of the New Year.
The Preparation While the date for your party has already been set, all that’s left to prepare is a guest list. All close friends are a must, and invite them to bring along a friend for the festive occasion. Meeting new people is a great way to start off 2011. But this shouldn’t turn into a complete open house party. Think less frat house basement and 14 | ubgeneration.com
more Upper East Side loft. While it’s a great tool to get the word out, Facebook is so 2010 when it comes to letting people know they have been cordially invited. Send out actual invitations to the lucky few whose presence you request on December 31st. Legitimate invitations are few and far between when it comes to college get togethers, so try something new to get your guests excited. Everyone wants to look good when the clock strikes Midnight. Be sure to tell your guests the proper dress code for such an occasion. Cocktail attire is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party. Dress slacks and button downed shirts for the guys and cocktail dresses and skirts for the girls are so chic. Be sure to add sequins. It is New Year’s after all. Picking a location to host your party is important too. Make sure your apartment or house can fit your guests comfortably. No one likes an overcrowded tiny room with 100 people cramming in. Also, if you can accommodate, offer to have guests crash at your place afterwards to ensure a safe ride home in the morning. If your spot can’t fit everyone for a slumber party, have a stack of taxi cards on hand for guests to take advantage of after the festivities have ended. A safe New Year is a happy New Year.
The Décor Turning a college apartment into classy party location only requires a small change of atmosphere. Steer clear of any crayola crayon colored balloons and stick with silver and gold mixed with pops of bright colors. Use glitter sparingly for less of a postparty clean up. Creating a resolution board is another way to get guests excited about the New Year. Hang a couple poster boards around
the main room where guests can write their goals and dreams on little post-it notes and stick up to display. This is a great conversation starter and can people talking about what they plan on achieving in 2011. Everyone knows that the cheapest decorations can be purchased the day after a holiday. So if you were lucky enough to stop by a store on January 1, 2010 then I’m sure you’re fully stocked. If not, look around for New Year’s hats and noisemakers at Party City, where they sell them by the bag.
or two to toast with during the night. If there ever were an occasion to celebrate with champagne, this is it. Champagne is the drink of choice for many on the last day of the year. This sparkling white wine was first produced in France as far back as 1700 and is as popular as ever. While sparkling drinks may not be your poison, another favorite at this time of year is the Bloody Mary. Bloody Marys are sometimes referred to as the “hangover cure” and the party animals of the bunch may thank you the next morning. Besides alcohol, don’t forget to pick up a few bottles of sparkling grape juice and virgin drinks for your designated drivers. Everyone loves to have a drink in their hand, regardless if it will get you tipsy.
The Cuisine Keeping your guests fed is also very important for a host. Hors d’oeuvres and finger foods will be your best bet when it comes to snacking throughout the night. A fun alternative to the usual chips and dip is a fondue station. Offer a melted cheese pot, melted chocolate pot, or both for friends to share. Fruit, crackers, veggies, and marshmallows are popular items to dip & eat. For a fancier affair with maybe less attendees, try something unique like a seafood table. Seared scallops, which take only a few minutes to cook on the stove or a shrimp cocktail, are great choices. Little sushi rolls on a platter will also go over well, because they are already sample sized. If you’re on a budget anything delicious set up on a cracker will do as well. Pigs in a blanket are another option for the carnivores amongst us. Any one cannot forget the heaven that is a chocolate truffle. These are way easy to make if you’re feeling crafty enough. Setting little candy bowls around for people with a sweet tooth to share will work as well. It’s not New Year’s Eve without a drink
Once your friends and guests have arrived, these are some things you may want to consider adding to the festivities. A “Make Your Own” beverage bar is usually a hit at parties. Set up glasses for guests to use along with mixers, juices, and your favorite bottles. A drink recipe book would be a nice addition to this.
Space can be tight when it comes to college living, so try and utilize anything you have. A nice way to set up snacks and hors d’oeuvres is to throw a tablecloth over an ironing board for a snack bar. It’s the perfect size to line up against a wall and gives people easy access to move around. Music really does make a party sometimes. If you have a friend who can really keep people dancing, ask if they’d be willing to DJ for the night. Otherwise, stock up your iPod now with tracks that will last until the wee hours of the morning. Good
GENERATION December 7, 2010
Published on Dec 7, 2010