5 New Years Eve hosting clichés we suggest you ignore this year
by Amanda Walsh
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Seriously, we are always up for a party at Recipe Geek (actually probably a little more than we should). But we also know that despite all the hype, the New Year’s Eve party can be one of the most depressing and boring events of the year thanks to a handful of predictable clichés. Without coming off sounding a little too jaded we suggest you avoid these five expected and even dreaded NYE clichés to make your NYE bash more memorable:
- Stupid Hats, etc: Do not ever, ever shame guests into wearing stupid 2015 oversized glasses or ridiculous plastic NYE hats. Nothing is more annoying and off putting than a hostess that thinks she can treat her guests like pouty kids at a child’s birthday party. Make it dressy casual so people look and feel good. On the other hand, if they show up in the stupid hats and sunglasses, embrace it. In other words, if people want to look ridiculous make sure it is on their own terms.
- Reflective Misery: Avoid trying to make people look back on the year. This can often lead to misery and drunken tears of regret. Make sure people are focused on nothing but fun and drinks with plenty to keep them busy. Consider using people’s Smart phones to your advantage and check out apps such as Spaceteam to create hectic, screaming insanity as people compete to survive various space disasters. This game is great for both drunk and sober alike and even might amuse the drollest of guests known to roll their eyes at the mention of party games. You can also try Heads Up which displays words on Smartphone screens. People hold the phone on their forehead while people shout out clues to help them guess the word. Very “Inglorious Basterds” without the impending bloodshed.
- Party Burn Out: Don’t make people show up early for dinner and then have to find things to keep them busy other than drinking for six hours. Instead suggest a late start at around 10 pm for a chic evening where everyone has eaten and can focus on more laid back drinking and conversation until the countdown.
- Pass Outs and Tossed Cookies: NYE usually leads to the drunken stupor of the year for most people. And frankly it is pretty much expected if you are out at a party you are out to party. Avoid the dreaded pass out or worse, tossed cookies of guests by keeping them well hydrated and reasonably fed. Consider having a retro food table with something like fondue with bread and cheese to help soak up the booze or a modern choice such as assorted balsamic vinegars and olive oils they can blend and sample with chunks of various artisanal breads. Keep plenty of bottled water on ice within easy reach of revellers throughout the party so people are drinking water with their booze.
- Midnight Champagne and Kisses: If you are expecting a mix of people paired and solo avoid awkward countdowns to a “kissless” midnight by choosing something other than champagne to toast the New Year. Consider premium tequila shots such as Herradura Reposado Tequila that is wood aged for a pleasing, mellow flavour. Complete with lime wedges and gourmet smoky salt; people will be so occupied with coordinating their lick, shoot and bite method they won’t be so concerned about not being kissed when the clock strikes twelve.
Just remember that clichés, like rules, are meant to be broken. Amusement, conversation and plenty to eat and drink set the pace of the best NYE celebrations sans the clichés.