New Year's Eve Theme Party Ideas

Happy New Year!

Do you want to know the best thing about New Year's Eve? Everyone celebrates it! It is one of the few holidays that is not unique to any certain culture or country. Anyone who observes the calendar, and can keep track of time, celebrates New Year's in one way or another.

Do you want to know the second best thing about New Year's Eve? Because every culture in every country of the world celebrates it in one way or another, there are many different ways to celebrate--different traditions, different decor, different foods. New Year's Eve truly is a holiday with which you just can't go wrong!

In this HubPage, we'll share with you some of the most well-known ways to celebrate New Year's Eve and offer suggestions on how you can spice-up your more traditional American New Year's Eve Party theme to keep your guests entertained and looking forward to your party the next year.

Chinese New Year's Eve

A Chinese New Year themed party is such a fun idea! Lots of colors, delicious foods (who doesn't like Chinese food?), and a taste of a different culture to make things interesting!

The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is one of the most important traditional holidays in the Chinese culture. The actual date of the Chinese New Year varies and falls somewhere in January or February each year, but for our purposes, we'll just borrow their traditions and apply them to our New Year's date, December 31st!

It was once believed that every year a creature called the Nian would come out of hiding to attack the village people's livestock, crops, and even children! The Nian was afraid of the color red and of very loud noises, so the villagers came up with the solution to satiate the creature by leaving it food, but also to decorate their doorways and windows with red draping and lanterns. If the Nian was not satisfied with the people's food offerings or scared away by the red coloring everywhere, the villagers would make loud noises to scare it away.

Eventually, a Taoist monk named Hongjun Laozu captured the Nian and freed the people of the fear they faced every year when the new year began. Now, rather than the Chinese New Year being a time of fear, it is a time of celebration. The ancient beliefs that the Nian was scared of the color red and loud noises has carried on though the years.

Now, when decorating and celebrating for the New Year's celebration, the Chinese culture decorates in bright colors (of course, red is one of them) and let off fireworks--all as a celebration to be freed from the terrifying Nian.

Bright colors and loud noises? Well, those are two prerequisites to a good party, now aren't they? That's why a Chinese New Year's themed party is a great idea for you to have in your own home. Now granted, there probably won't be any fireworks involved, but some loud noise makers should suffice just fine!

Visit your local party supplies stores to find brightly colored decorations--streamers, balloons, paper lanterns, table cloths, even Chinese dragons! Another great place to look for decorations will be a Chinese grocery store. Do a little research and see if you can find one nearby. If you're having trouble finding supplies/decorations, anything you're looking for will definitely be available online!

Be sure to serve plenty of Chinese food, lots of adult beverages, and let your guests know that they can come in costume if they'd like! You never know how many people have a kimono in their closest they're just dying to wear!

Period Piece New Year's Eve

New Year's is a time to pay tribute to the past, as well as look forward to the future. Because of this, throwing a period piece inspired New Year's party is a fantastic idea. Be sure to tell your guests which decade or time period your party theme will be, and that way everyone can dress-up for the celebration.

The Roaring 20's

One of the most celebrated decades when it comes to New Year's is the 20's--the age of the Flapper! Partying, drinking, dancing, and just a general joy to be alive were the key elements to this decade. These qualities pretty much SCREAM New Year's party!

The Fabulous 50's

Rock around the clock with a 50's inspired New Year's Eve party. Poodle skirts, Letterman jackets, bowling shirts, and pin-up dresses will definitely be the attire for the evening. Listen to oldies, do the twist, and serve-up some hamburgers, french fries, and milkshakes!

The Age of the Hippie

Another favorite time in American history to celebrate is the late 60's/early 70's--the time of free love, peace, and happiness.  This is such a fun theme because if we learned anything from the hippies, it's that anything goes!  You're guests will have so much fun dressing up, listening to some classic rock, and sharing the love--in a platonic way!

Awesome 80's New Year's Party

The 80's, much like the 20's, was a very prosperous and celebratory time in our history. Our economy was booming, the music scene was alive and interesting, our sense of fashion was exciting, bright, and out of this world, and our sense of independence and individuality was off the charts. The entire decade of the 80's was basically a New Year's celebration every day!

Some Other Theme Ideas for New Year's Eve

Having a general costume party for New Year's is also a fun idea. Have your guests dress in whatever decade they'd like to. That was you can have a little bit of all of our history wrapped into one party!

More Theme Ideas:

  • A Formal Party--Your female guests can put an old bridesmaids dress to good use and your male guests can sport a nice suit or even a rented tux!
  • Casino Night--See how much luck the New Year can bring you! For more inspiration on how to throw a Casino themed party, click here.
  • Winter Wonderland--Keep your Christmas decorations up for New Year's and have a warm, cozy New Year's with family and friends.
  • Times Square New Year's--New Yorker's know how to party. So take ques from them and transform your home into Times Square for New Years. Click here for more details on this theme.
  • Mardi Gras Celebration--Who says you can only celebrate Mardi Gras in the Spring?! Get down, New Orleans Style for New Years! Click here for more information.
  • New Year's Luau?--I said it! Luau! Why not bring a little Summer to your Winter and throw an inside luau party?

The Bottom Line Is...PARTY!

Regardless of what theme you decide to go with, New Year's is such a fun holiday to celebrate with family and friends.  So be sure not to let this New Year's pass you by!  Happy New Year!

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