How to Plan a Last Minute New Year's Eve Party?

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New Years is the time for new resolutions, expectations, celebration of life and the embracing of new life. This last minute party is perfect for persons who love to do things last minute and on a budget.

The Plan

You can take less then half a hour to figure out what your budget will be. In your budget it must content the decorations, food, the bar contents and a contingency.

After figuring out your budget then you can move on to figuring out what theme you want to do. Knowing the theme you are going to do, you can then figure out the set up and decorations. 

Next you want to figure out what you are going to serve. What food you want to serve and what alcohol and non-alcohol beverage you want to serve. 

When doing any last minute parties, it is important to have a checklist on hand to ensure that you cover all of what you have to do. 


You don't have to go all fancy with the invitations. You can do it face-to-face with a reminder text or email or you can just send a text message or email. To make virtual invitations visit EVite.

The Bar

If it is in your budget, you can hire a bartender but if it isn't, you can mix your own specialty drinks and punches. To save on time, mix all drinks ahead of time, if you don't have a bartender. Make sure you have non-alcoholic beverages for underage and none drinkers. Make sure you have all of your champagnes, punches and mix drinks on ice before and during the party.

The party drinks rule is four alcoholic beverage per person and 4 gallons of non-alcoholic beverages per 25 persons.


1. Pineapple Rum Punch
    Fresh pineapple chunks
    3 cups pineapple juice
    3 cups Canada Dry ® Ginger Ale
    1 cup Malibu rum

2. Chocolate Cake

  3/4 oz Stoli vanilla vodka
  1/3 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
  1/2 oz Frangelico

Everyone will be still full from their Christmas dinner, so the food you are serving should be light. Go for finger food, nibbles and hors d'oeuvres. This will give your guest time to mix and mingle with one another while indulging in great food.

Even though your food is light, it should still pack a punch. If it is in your budget, you can hire a caterer or you can make the food yourself.

The party food rule is 12 pieces of each dish served per person.

1. Pineapple Bacon Bites

    1/2 " cubed pineapples
     halved thick cut bacon
     honey barbecue sauce

-Wrap pineapples in bacon
-Coat in barbecue sauce
-Bake for 45-55 minutes at 350 degrees in preheat oven.

2. Cheese Stuff Biscuits

    1 container Flaky Layers Biscuits
    16 Fresh Herb Mozzarella Balls

-Stretch each biscuit to twice its size.
-Place 2 mozzarella balls in the center.
-Bring each side together then pinch to close up the biscuit.
-Bake for 14-15 minutes at 350 degree in preheat oven.
-Let it cool for 3-4 minutes before serving.  


You can do some quick and easy changes to go with your theme like changing out your curtains, dim the lights, switching out some of your décor to go with your theme, string balloons and switch your light bulb to pink lights to give a welcoming feel.

For DIY inspiration check out this Pinterest Board

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