And if you’re not all ‘partied out’ – now’s the time to think about what you're going to do if you’re thinking of hosting your own New Year’s Eve party. It's a great way to see in the New Year - and 1 January is a public holiday, so you do get a chance to have a 'lie in' and recover (unless you are one of those who has to work that day - in which case we salute you!).
We love a good party at Larkfleet Homes, so we have come up with ten ideas to give you a helping hand with your festive party planning:
- Use soft, warm lighting to create a welcoming atmosphere. You could use low wattage bulbs with warm colours. Why not get changing colour lightbulbs that come with their own remote control to help you change the mood?
- Light a scented candle and leave it in the loo so your guests don’t have to fumble around in the dark looking for the light switch.
- Use table cloths sprinkled with festive confetti and add matching place mats to protect the cloth and the table underneath from drinks glasses.
- It’s perhaps the hardest night of the year to get a cab so make sure you have plenty of taxi company numbers to hand.
- Be prepared to put up guests who can’t get home. Have inflatable beds and pillows to hand – just in case.
- Make sure you have a large clock visible so that you don’t miss the countdown to 2018.
- Why not try something a little different? Celebrate the midnight chimes the Spanish way. Get your guests 12 grapes each. Pop a grape into your mouth for every ‘bong’ from Big Ben until they are all gone.
- Make sure you have plenty of party poppers and streamers to make your party go with a bang. And you could have some fireworks as well!
- Be flexible with how much food you prepare. If you are having a small gathering put together a full meal for your guests. You can be creative with your menu. If you are welcoming plenty of guests, opt for a range of sweet and savoury bites to allow your guests to eat as much as they like.
- Use an online streaming service to create a music playlist. Tailor it to the range of guests at your party. If most of the guests at your party are friends of a similar age, then of course it is hard to resist cramming the playlist full of nostalgic tunes from your youth. Or you could stick on the telly and have a New Year’s Eve party or Jools Holland’s Hootenanny on in the background.