Today we are welcoming back Whitney Hollingshead, who is going to share with us some excellent tips and ideas on how to host the best New Year’s Eve party ever! If you’re ready to ring in the new year, these will make it even better. Take it away, Whitney!
If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, you certainly want your party to stand out. The best way to accomplish this goal is to break away from the traditional party and throw an end of year awards night instead. Your guests will be talking about this party well into the new year.
Part 1 – Choose a Theme
Your end of year awards party will be much more successful and a lot easier to plan if you have a theme for the night. Here are some really fun ideas to consider:
High School Yearbook
Hosting a high school yearbook party for adults gives you a chance to enjoy all of the fun of high school without having to go back to high school.
Invite your guests to come dressed as high school students. As for activities, you can plan a pep rally which could include a dance off or karaoke competition. Or how about some trivia quiz bowl games?
You can even serve school lunches complete with cartons of milk or juice boxes.
Throughout the night, encourage people to vote at the box office. You can include the following awards on the ballot:
Have an awards assembly at the end of the night and present the results of the ballot.
Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures throughout the evening for the yearbook!
Hall of Fame
What could be a better way to celebrate the end of the year than by celebrating the good in each other? A Hall of Fame party is a great way to honor your friends and reminisce about the past year together.
This party works best for a group made up of party guests who know each other well. Guests are invited for an unveiling of the year’s hall of fame, as each guest is being inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame.
Here is a step by step guide to pulling off this fantastic New Year’s Eve party:
Send formal invitations to all guests.
Collect responses to create final guest list.
Send each guest an email like the sample below:
Please list a Hall of Fame worthy memory from this past year for each person listed below. Please try to keep the memories short, but as specific as possible. Also, make sure all comments are kind and complimentary.
Thank you for sending your memories and I look forward to seeing you at the party!
*You will notice that Charlie’s name is not included on the list, as the list should be customized for each guest.
**If you cannot collect this information by email ahead of time, you can have guests fill out this information when they first arrive at the party. For simplicity’s sake, you may want to have them write their memories on small post it notes or labels.
4. Create a Hall of Fame poster for each guest. The poster should include a picture of the individual, their name, some key stats and list the memories provided by the other guests. Have some fun with the stats; however, make sure everything on the poster paints the individual in a very positive light.
5. Choose a hallway or room in your home to hang all of the posters. Cover them with butcher paper or another blank poster board.
6. Start the party about 9:00 p.m. Provide fun appetizers and give guests time to mingle. You can also play games or organize other activities.
8. After all of the posters have been revealed, take a photo of each guest next to their Hall of Fame poster.
9. Give each guest their poster as a take home souvenir.
Most Embarrassing Moment
This party theme gives guests a chance to tell stories from the past year and to laugh at each other’s misfortunes. Give each guest time to tell their most embarrassing moment from 2014. After all of the guests have had a chance to tell their stories, pass out voting ballots and vote on the most embarrassing moment of the year.
Custom Awards Night
Of course you can also create your own list of awards to give out at your awards night. Whether you have guests vote on the awards in advance, or while at the party, choosing the awards yourself gives you the freedom to make the most of yearly highlights. You can also build a custom awards night around awards like “Most likely to get abducted by aliens” or “Most likely to win the lottery”, etc.
Part 2 – Choose an Award
1) Certificates. Paper certificates are the most common type of award. You can spice yours up by adding funny quotes or funny pictures. For the most impact, pair the certificate with another item that ties to the theme of the award.
2) Medals, Trophies, & Plaques. No matter how old we get, we all still get excited about coming home with a medal or trophy. You can purchase medals and trophies at a local trophy shop. However, if you really want to impress your friends, plan ahead to have plaques engraved by a professional. Each guest will feel like an official winner when they see their name etched in metal.
3) Thrift Store/Dollar Store Items. For extra party fun, purchase thrift store items or even items from the dollar store that connect to the theme of the award. For example, for the “Best Smile” award, you could present the winner with some dental floss.
So choose your awards night theme, plan the party, invite your guests, prep your awards and get ready for the best New Year’s Eve party to date!