The new year is approaching, and with it is the desire to celebrate the year’s end with your closest friends, some wine, and a countdown to midnight. But if you’re living in a small apartment, that party may seem out of reach. Fortunately, it isn’t! If you follow the tips below, you can have a successful and fun New Year’s Eve party in your apartment, no matter how small it may seem to you.
Clear the Party With Your Neighbors
Before you plan your party, do the courteous thing and check with your neighbors to see that a New Year’s Eve party won’t disturb them. You can even throw them an invite as a kind gesture.
Start Around 9
Starting a New Year’s Eve party around 9 p.m. gives your guests ample time to eat, drink, socialize, and relax before the ball drops.
Supply the Champagne, Otherwise BYOB
Champagne is the drink of choice to imbibe once the clock strikes midnight, so make sure you have plenty of flutes available for those who want it. But keeping track of what everyone else prefers to drink may be too much. You can ask your guests to bring their favorite drink, or you can let them know you have limited options. It is also helpful to supply plenty of non-alcoholic options.
Maximize Your APS (Allocated Party Space)
Clear out any space you can before your New Year’s Eve party, and make sure you’re using all of your suitable surfaces. You can convert your coffee table to a margarita station, for example, or your kitchen to a buffet.
Keep the TV On
It is a New Year’s Eve tradition for many people to witness the Times Square ball drop through their TV set. Keeping the TV on, even from 11 or 11:30 p.m., gives people a visual update on how close you are to that midnight moment!
Create a Resolution Board
If you and your guests are interested in making New Year’s resolutions, you can supply your party with a poster board and markers for guests to write down their goals for the next year.
Do Your Part to Keep Everyone Safe
You must make sure all of your New Year’s Eve party guests get home safe. Encourage them to use rideshare apps or local taxis to attend your party. Don’t let friends drive drunk, and be prepared to host a couple of guests for the night if you need to.
Plan the Cleanup
The worst part of a party is the cleanup. Plan for this task by avoiding mess-making factors during the party and recruiting a couple of friends for help with offers of mimosas and waffles.
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