Top 6 Essentials for Hosting the Best NYE Party

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Are you ready to ring in the New Year? If so, it's time to host a fun NYE party for your friends and family. After all, there's no better way to start off the year than being surrounded by the people you care about the most. Fortunately, there are only a handful of things you need to make an unforgettable event. Here are the top six New Year's Eve essentials for hosting a great party.

Photo Props

You don't have to have an elaborate photo booth setup to help your guests snap some great images at your party. Simply hang a small backdrop in a well-lit area, like near your kitchen. This doesn't have to be anything expensive. You could just use a colorful sheet or even a piece of wrapping paper taped to the wall.

Next to your designated photo booth spot, place a small table with a box of fun props. You can buy these at most party stores or simply make your own by cutting out shapes and gluing them onto popsicle sticks. Popular photo booth props for NYE include top hats, champagne glasses, bow ties and signs that say "Happy New Year!" Get creative in coming up with paper stick props as well as real props that your guests can use. Encourage your guest to use a hashtag so you can look through all the photos after the party's over.

Well-Stocked Bar

Well Stocked Bar

A huge party budget isn't necessary to keep guests satisfied with delicious drinks throughout the night. One essential you'll definitely want to provide is plenty of champagne. Fortunately, this is usually available at budget-friendly prices, especially if you shop for a pre-NYE sale. Don't forget to set at least a couple bottles aside; you'll want to avoid having this particular beverage run out before it's time to serve a champagne toast at midnight.

As for other drinks, you can choose whether to provide other types of alcohol at the party. It's nice to serve at least one other type of alcohol for folks who don't wish to drink champagne. Consider mixing up one or two big batches of cocktails and setting them out in punch bowls to make it easy for guests to serve themselves. Another option is to ask guests to bring any particular type of alcohol they like and you'll provide the mixers. Whatever drink service option you decide to go with, be sure to give your guests a heads up in advance so they know whether they should bring something along.

Cider Station

For friends and family who prefer non-alcoholic drinks, set up a station where they can pour a glass of delicious hot cider. Make it a little extra fun by placing some stylish mugs out for the cider along with cinnamon sticks for swirling.

Other options for your non-alcoholic drink station might include freshly brewed coffee, hot cocoa or an assortment of sodas. Having these options available in addition to your alcoholic drinks will ensure that all your guests feel comfortable and welcome at the party.

Themed Tableware

Theme Tableware

Create a cohesive look for your event by shopping for themed tableware. You'll want your plates, cups and napkins to tie into the table décor for a bright, cheerful look. Silver and gold decorations are ideal for this glittering and glamorous holiday, especially since they add a ton of sparkle to your event. You can also incorporate some classic black and white décor, especially if you're going for a more formal atmosphere where everyone will be dressing to the nines.

While your table will likely be a focal point at the party, don't be afraid to incorporate your color scheme into other event decorations. You could blow up lots of gold balloons or hang black and white streamers, for example. Come up with fun ways to tie your event together with bold colors used throughout the space.

Sequin Decorations

To make your party even more fabulous, include some sequin decorations on the walls, tables and other key areas of the event. Sequins in gold or silver are ideal for bringing in a luxurious and festive look. Whether it's a sequin tablecloth, a sequin photo booth backdrop or a fun banner made with sequined letters, there are so many ways to incorporate this stylish element into your party décor. To make things even more fun and sparkly, hang a glittering disco ball from the ceiling.


There's no better way to mark the stroke of midnight than with some fun confetti. Your guests will marvel at the magical scene created when they're surrounded by confetti when the New Year finally arrives. There are multiple ways to arrange a confetti drop at midnight. The easiest way is to hand out party poppers to all your guests. Alternatively, you can load some balloons with confetti and pop them for the big celebration.

With good food, drinks and music and even better friends, your event is sure to be a success. Use these tips to plan the best NYE party and get a wonderful start to the upcoming year.