5 Drinks. DO have a simple but fun selection.?You DON?T want guests half cut or even asleep before midnight. Have a festive cocktail on arrival ? jugs of Moscow Mule so guests can keep helping themselves. DO make sure everyone knows it?s alcoholic! We had a guest recently who told his wife he was happy to drive as he?d been on the soft drink all night, the ginger beer one?little did he know it had Vodka in it! DO think of the drivers and offer a mocktail ? cold, refreshing Apple or elderflower fizz is always delicious.
DO Have Champagne ready for midnight.?It?s always fun to have something to see in the New Year. Use your best Champagne flutes. There is nothing nicer than drinking out of a really special glass. It really adds to the occasion. NO stubby glasses from Majestic, you don?t want to lower the tone. Don?t open too many bottles as everyone might not want it. You may prefer Prosecco as this is far more on trend these days. Have some cold beers for afterwards as the men might want a change.
6 Games.?Be prepared. Have a few games up your sleeve ready to go. Guests are like sheep. They need a bit of direction and some order. Much easier if you tell them what they?re playing rather than asking if they?d like to play a game. Lead from the front, if you start the others will follow. Depending on how well you know your guests, you might want to throw in the odd riskier game. It?s always very amusing, like naughty charades or Adult Pictionary.
7 Think about the music.?Have a play list ready to go. Not too loud, just enough to ?break the ice. Think about the age group and have music that you would have partied to in your twenty?s. That?s the music that tends to stay with us forever. I should know, I was a DJ for 6 years in the 80?s! Add in a few Christmas numbers and the odd rock tune for the Dads to do air guitar too. That?s always guaranteed a laugh if nothing else.
8 Taxis.?The thing that tends to ruin a party?.having to go home! Book taxis for at least an hour after midnight. You?re more likely to get one and you always want it later than you originally book it for. Share local taxi companies with friends and suggest lift shares.
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