As 2012 comes to an end, there is one last party to organize to celebrate an incredible year and kick off 2013 in style.
JHE asked Vice President of Special Events, Jacqueline Gafrarar, who always throws spectacular soirees to share her top-five tips to planning a memorable New Year’s Eve party:
1. Food, food, food
No party is complete without yummy food to eat! From dips to cheese to something sweet, you have to craft the right menu! Be sure to prepare in advance and consider how much time you will need to cook each item so everything is ready when your guests arrive.
2. Tasty cocktails
Whether your palate prefers beer, wine or a fancy mixed drink, there must be a plethora of options. If there is a mixologist at the party, taste test different shots. Some of my favorites include “tiny beers” and “choco shakes.” And don’t forget the champagne for the midnight toast!
3. Party favors
Everyone needs the right party favors to ring in the New Year. Stock up on fun accessories like party hats, horns and clappers to welcome in 2013.
4. Don’t forget the décor
When ringing in the New Year, balloons signifying 2013 are always a hit. I also like to incorporate clocks that are set to go off at midnight to ensure that New Year’s kiss with your significant other!
5. Be responsible
Last, but certainly not least, remember to be a responsible party host. If your guests have been drinking, offer for them to spend the night, call a cab or have a designated driver on hand to drive them home.
JHE wishes you a safe and happy New Year!