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A good New Year’s party has sparkling decorations, plenty of gorgeous balloons, fireworks, champagne and possibly great food too. If it sounds like a lot of work, you’ll be happy to find out you can achieve this and more, with minimal effort. You won’t be sacrificing any fun, in fact, you may even increase it. Follow these tips for the best New Year’s Eve party you’ve ever hosted.

  1. Treat your guests to a midnight supper

After you’ve been drinking and toasted midnight, your guests may benefit from a delicious dinner, whether they’re ready to wind down the night or keep partying.  You could ask everyone to bring something with them and set up a potluck, or you could alternatively organise a jacket potato bar. They’re really cheap and allow people to create themselves a baked potato just the way they like it.

  1. Hang balloons and curled ribbon everywhere

Balloons look amazing with curled ribbon, which is extremely easy to achieve.  Try different types of balloons and widths of ribbons for a luxurious and glamorous look. You may even want to put glitter on the balloons for an ultra-glam look. Put the balloons and ribbon around doorways, hanging from light fixtures, around lamps, mantels and even the bathroom mirror.

  1. Have your guests to write predictions about 2016

Have your guests write down predictions for the New Year, fold them up and put them into a bowl. After you’ve toasted the New Year, sit around in a circle and take turns to read out the predictions whilst everyone guesses who wrote them. It’s a great way to end the night and you’ll be surprised about how difficult it is to figure out your friends’ predictions.

  1. Fireworks

Fireworks come in boxes to suit every size and budget. Even if you have a small garden and a few guests, you will be able to find the perfect garden fireworks. It’ll be a far more enjoyable and intimate affair than going to a public park, and you’ll be able to come back into the warmth of your home straight away to continue the party.

Timing is everything

When you plan your New Year’s Eve party, you should always think about how long you want your party to last. Obviously, it’ll need to last until midnight, so you can toast to the New Year. If you state that the party will start at 9pm, you can expect most people to be there around 10pm. Obviously, if you’re after something a bit quieter, or you’re organising a potluck, you’ll most likely want to start the evening earlier.