Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NYE Party Planning Tips From the Pros

It's practically New Year's Eve eve, folks, and if you're planning to usher in 2011 with a party of your own we've got a few tips for you. Below are 10 suggestions from event gurus Pat James and Glenn Jacinto of PAT GLENN PRODUCTIONS. Follow their advice and your NYE party planning just got a little easier.

1. Know Your Space. Don’t over invite. There is nothing worse than having a space where your guests are crowded and can’t get a drink.

2. Don’t Sweat It. You don’t want your house to feel stuffy and overheated. Turn down your heat well in advance of your guests’ arrival to ensure the temperature will be comfortable. It will also cut down on the cost of your heating bill!

3. BYOB – Build Your Own Bar. You can create a bar by simply covering a six-foot table with a crisp, white floor-length table cloth. Make sure to situate your bar in an accessible location so you don’t create a “traffic jam” in the corner of your living room.

4. Get Festive with Ice Cubes! Give your guests’ drinks a festive touch by freezing cherries or cranberries in your ice cubes. Any leaf from the mint family also freezes nicely.

5. Custom Cocktails. Don’t waste money on high-end champagnes. Instead create a signature cocktail for your event. It’s not only festive but will help monitor how much alcohol you’re serving.

6. Create a Coat Check. Clear out a hall closet or consider renting a coat rack, which are easy to assemble and can be placed in a spare room or hallway. It’s much nicer than having guests throw their coats on a bed with a sea of other jackets.

7. Kitschy Cocktail Napkins. Buy cocktail napkins with fun/seasonal sayings—they will become conversation pieces at your party.

8. Candle Couture. Instead of a large centerpiece at your dining table, decorate with pillar and votive candles. Votives come in virtually every color, so you can buy colors to match your other d├ęcor and line them down the center of the table to create a simple, clean warm ambiance.

9. Hello Espresso! Coffee, espresso or cappuccino bars, complete with whipped cream and shaved chocolate toppings, are a special treat for your guests. It’s also a great way to keep your guests awake until the New Year's Eve countdown!

10. Forget Flowers. Save money by incorporating a common theme throughout your party and sprinkle the room with different objects that connect to the theme to tie it all together. Small personal touches really help make your guests feel the warmth of the season.

Glenn Jacinto and Pat James

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