Life of a Planner

The 3 Things You Need For A Last Minute New Year’s Bash

Whoops! Did the end of the year catch you with no party in place? Don’t despair – you still have time!

To have a great New Year’s Party, you just need 3 things:

Whether you decide to serve a full dinner or heavy late-night hors d’oeuvres, good food is always a must for a good time. Luckily you don’t have to spend all your time in the kitchen to make this happen. We suggest catering from a trusted source. Whole Foods for example has full holiday meals for 8 guests, or a variety of fun and delicious finger foods to pass. If you’re feeling really last minute and live in 1 of 12 lucky cities, you can utilize the new UberEATS app and have delicious food appear within minutes!



Having a few activities in place not only delights and entertains guests, it also makes your party seem perfectly planned 😉 A photo backdrop is always popular. You can create one as easily as hanging your favorite colorful fabric on the wall, or if you have more time, try one of these creative DIY Backdrops.

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To create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, you need to engage all the senses. Engage the eyes with a pop of recurring color by making a run to the craft store and picking up a few props in your chosen color scheme. For olfactory stimulation, light one of these wintery-scented candles.  For touch, make sure all of your softest cushions and throws are out for cozying up. And what is a party without music? If you don’t have time to make your own playlist, Spotify and Pandora have plenty waiting for you! Hand your guests a mulled cider when they enter to delight their taste buds, and your party is underway.

Happy, happy New Year!


mulled cider