New Years Eve is one of the most festive nights of the year, and everyone is excited about what the next year holds and is ready to start fresh. There’s no better way to start that off than with a celebration!
If you’re planning to ring in the New Year with a party, here are the essentials that will help ensure it’s so fun people will remember it for the next 12 months.
Champagne to Toast at Midnight
A champagne toast at midnight is a long-standing New Years Eve tradition, and goes right along with doling out a kiss when the clock strikes twelve. Just make sure to also have a non-alcoholic alternative, like sparkling juice, for guests that are the designated driver or choose not to drink alcohol.
Along with the champagne toast, the song Auld Lang Syne is played at the stroke of midnight to say goodbye to the past year and usher in the new one. There are also a number of other songs like New Year’s Resolution, Celebration and Party Like It’s 1999 that people love to groove to on NYE.
They may be a bit annoying to some people, but noise makers (the whistles with fringe) are something that guests expect to see at a New Years Eve party.
A Photo Booth
Give guests a way to commemorate the special occasion with a fun photo booth. All you really need is a simple backdrop and a few props. Include hats people can wear at the party, boas, NYE headbands, glasses with the new year and other crazy, colorful props that will get people smiling.
NYE Snacks, Appetizers and Dishes
Food is an essential for any party, and during the New Year there are special treats with symbolic meaning that are thought to bring good luck. Here are a few items to consider adding to the party menu:
Black eyed peas - In the south, eating black eyed peas on New Years Day is a time-honored tradition that dates back more than 150 years.
Grapes - In some countries, eating 12 grapes at midnight is thought to bring 12 months of good luck.
Pork - Long ago the choice pork cuts from the loin, shoulder and upper leg were reserved for the well-to-do. For everyone, the fatty indulgence of pork represents being “high on the hog” on NYE.
Leafy greens - These are supposed to represent financial prosperity in the new year, mostly because they’re the color of money.
Soba noodles - These lengthy noodles are symbols of long life in Japan where they are regularly eaten during the new year.
Fish - Across many cultures throughout the years fish has been considered a luxury, but during holidays it’s a main dish. Some people also associate eating fish with moving forward in life.
Balloon Ball Drop
The big ball drop may take place in Times Square, but you can create the same effect at your party with balloons. You’ll need around 50 balloons suspended over the dance floor or central entertainment area. If you need help getting it ready check out this DIY balloon drop tutorial.
Casino Knights Inc. will make sure you have all the New Years Eve essentials covered at your holiday casino party. Guests will be treated to a variety of casino games where they can see if the NYE treats have brought them good luck. We also have casino party packages that accommodate 10-1,500 guests!