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How To Have The Best New Year's Eve Party Ever!

Updated on December 12, 2014

Keep your guests happy till New Year's Day

New Year's Eve is the one night where it's okay for the entire family to stay up all night and celebrate. Even the youngest members can be woken for 20 minutes to experience the festivity.

Whether you're having an adults-only celebration or a family-friendly affair, let's look at the best ways to keep all of your guests amused and wanting to party till the early morning hours.

Some games, a song, finger food and, before we forget, some fun crafts for the kids.

New Year's Party Favours and Decorations

Set the mood for a fun party

No matter who you have invited to your party, these decorations and party favors are sure to put a smile on anyone's face. Just click the links to be directed to the instructions.

Snowflake Cutouts

Paper Flowers

Happy New Year Horn

New Year Noise Maker

Party Poppers

You can also:

String Christmas lights around the room

Fill balloons with confetti and pop them at Midnight

Spread glitter or confetti on all flat surfaces

Tuxedo-Nite New Year's Eve Party Assortment

This New Year's party kit is perfect for a classy party. Women will love these feathered tiaras...face it, they're super cute!

Serve simple finger food

Don't try to make dinner for a lot of people, how can you possibly enjoy yourself? This is a party!

Serve simple finger foods. Prepare them beforehand and place them on a buffet table.

Sausage Rolls - Baked chicken wings - Smoked salmon slices on thin brown bread - MIni meat balls

Here's a few quick and easy appetiser recipes

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 30

Serves: Serves 12


  • 24 -32 large mushrooms
  • wiped clean
  • 500 g - 1lb Italian sausage - hot mild or mixed
  • 1 small onion - minced
  • 1/2 cup grated romano or parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp. fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With a small spoon, hollow out mushrooms, carefully scraping out the inside. Be careful not to break the mushrooms.
  3. Reserve scrapings.
  4. In a medium pan, brown sausage,onion and mushroom scrapings. Drain, and return to pan
  5. Add cheese, crumbs, garlic and parsley to pan and mix well. Remove from heat.
  6. Stuff mushrooms with mixture, mounding slightly.
  7. Place on a baking dish and bake about 15 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with extra cheese.
Cast your vote for Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 12

Herbed Potato Skins

  • 3 medium baking potatoes
  • scrubbed
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • oil


  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees. Prick potatoes and rub with oil. Bake 1 hour or until done. Cool slightly.
  2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise.
  3. Leaving a 1/4 inch shell, scoop out pulp,(save for another use).
  4. Cut skins in half lengthwise again, then cut in half crosswise. Place skins on baking sheet and brush with oil. Bake 5 minutes.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients. Remove skins from oven and top with cheese mixture.
  6. Drizzle with more oil. Grill 2-3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 45

Serves: 12

Sherry Cheese Ball

  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • softened
  • 2 tbs. dry sherry
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 drops sweet chili or hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped shelled pistachios


  1. Combine cheeses, sherry, mustard and sauce in mixer bowl; beat until thoroughly combined.
  2. Chill, about 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.
  3. Form into ball; roll in pistachios.

Midnight Celebration Platter

Midnight Celebration Plastic 9 3/4in x 17 3/4in Rectangular Platter
Midnight Celebration Plastic 9 3/4in x 17 3/4in Rectangular Platter

Serve your favorite hors d'ouvres on this fun party platter


New Year's Projects for Kids

Keep the little ones busy until midnight

If you have the children around during holiday parties, there are some simple things you can do to keep the little ones entertained and on their best behavior during your shindig.

Give the kids a project. Whether it's punching out confetti with a hole punch or sweeping the floors, give them something to do that will let them feel like they helped throw a fantastic party.

Keep them fed. Let the kids help you in making a family approved food that will make sure they eat during the party. Hungry kids are fussy kids and nobody wants that!

New Years Charades

And more games

Objective: Act out the name of a book, song, movie etc for your team, but no talking allowed!

Game Type: Active. A lot of movement may be required.

Players: 2 or more players

Needed: Paper and pencil

Rules: Divide your group into two teams. 3 or more people is best. Next, determine how long you want each round to be. Most groups will use no more than 5 minutes per round. Have each team huddle and brainstorm the names of TV shows, books, movies, songs or phrases on small pieces of paper. The papers from one team will be used by the other and vice versa so don't mix them. Put each group into a separate hat or bowl. Choose a team to go first and then choose a person on that team to go first.

The first person chooses a paper from the bowl (make sure it's the bowl from the other team) and memorize what it says. Also they should note whether it's a book, movie, song etc. and if they don't know they should ask someone on the other team and be whispered the answer. The timer then starts and they have to act out what's on the paper without talking. See below for appropriate gestures. When the timer runs out it's the other teams turn. They then draw a paper from the appropriate bowl and act it out. Turns should alternate back and forth with a new person doing the acting each time. Whoever guess the most within the time limit wins the game.

What's not allowed: No spelling of words. No mouthing answers or words. No pointing to objects in the room.

New Year's Resolutions Time Capsule

Most people make New Year's resolution and don't keep them. One way to encourage people to keep them is by making them public.

At your party, have everyone write their resolution on a piece of paper and read it aloud. Then have everyone put their resolution in a time capsule. This can be a box or a jar or whatever you find that can be sealed. Then, keep the resolutions safe until next year.

At the next party, you can dust it off and have a good laugh at who kept (and who didn't keep) their resolutions.

New Year's Resolutions - Worth It or Waste of Time?

Do you think making New Years resolutions are a waste of time?

Don't forget to sing the New Years song

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet

For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,

And pu'd the gowans fine,

But we've wander'd mony a weary fit

Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn

Frae morning sun till dine,

But seas between us braid hae roar'd

Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere,

And gie's a hand o' thine,

And we'll tak a right guid willie-waught

For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint' stowp,

And surely I'll be mine,

And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet

For auld lang syne!

How To Make Jello Shots

Vodka Jello Shots


1 (6-ounce) box of raspberry Jell-O, or other flavor of your choice

2 cups boiling water

2 cups vodka


In a bowl, pour the boiling water over the Jello and stir until thoroughly dissolved. Cool to room temperature, then stir in the vodka. Pour the mixture into shot glasses or Jello shot cups. Refrigerate until well-set, at least 6 hours. Makes (32) 1-ounce jello shots.

Picture courtesy of allygirl520 on Creative Commons.

Tell me all about it!

© 2009 Susanna Duffy

Are you going to a New Year's Eve party... - Or are you having one?

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    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      One of my favorite things is a nice crispy potato skin with bacon bits and cheese. Seeing skins in your lens reminded me I haven't done those in ages. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      This is awesome! Thank you so much!

    • DANCING COWGIRL profile image

      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Probably staying at home this year. Hope you have a Happy New Year. Bet you will with all these great party ideas.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens

    • KokoTravel profile image


      8 years ago

      New Years Eve is also MY anniversary, but we prefer to stay away from the fray... too many people out on New Years Eve. We celebrate on a different day.

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      8 years ago

      great lens

    • ICanCook profile image


      8 years ago

      New Year's eve is my wedding anniversary so I always have a party or go to one. But not sure of the plans this year yet.

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      8 years ago

      I love the party favor pictures in your lens. Very informative.

    • seashell2 profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens, lots of fun decorations and ideas! Thanks for sharing! :-) The herbed potato appetizer look really good!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm a 'stay-at-home' New Year's reveler - quiet celebration with favorite snacks of Gouda Cheese & Summer Sausage on crackers, plus a bottle of Champagne. Then watch the Ball descend on Times Square on TV. I know, boring, but works for us! :D. Happy New Year!

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      Wow, this was a really fun lens! Great ideas here. I'm lensrolling to my Hogmanay - New Year's Eve in Scotland lens! :)

    • lakshyaa profile image


      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      No parties for us. I am usually the only one still awake at midnight and then I have to wake everyone up to say Happy New Years. (Of course, that does not include our children. They do still attend parties on NYE.

    • ZenandChic profile image


      9 years ago

      Fun! I am not going to a party or having one.

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      Samantha Devereux 

      9 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Great lens!

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      9 years ago

      @justholidays: Forgiven...feel free to come back to the lens many, many times to re-read those!

    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      Forgive me my dear but I love your appetizer recipes! I love them so much that I'm obliged to re-read the lens as I skipped the rest...



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