Having a New Years Eve party at your house may seem a little more stressful than one would like, however, if you follow a few simple tips you might spend a little more time enjoying the festivities and a little less time worrying. First off, I think it’s important to realize what the host (you) should be responsible for. YOU are responsible for decorating the home, inviting the guests, making some of the food (please make it easier on yourself and ask other people to bring stuff too!), and serving people (this doesn’t necessarily mean waiting on them hand and foot!).
As for the decorating, I would not only go for your usual New Years Eve banner, but if you plan to sit at the dining room table for your dinner, you should also consider sprucing up your table as well with a few extra tabletop accessories. These can be utilized however you see fit. I bought a table at a clearance furniture store about 2 years ago that fits approximately 25 people. It’s a HUGE “Bruce Wayne” table which is fantastic for my large family and it’s stunningly beautiful. In my case since I know I have a lot of people coming I would try to buy doubles or quadruples of specific items like beverage dispensers and barware.
This way everyone’s not reaching over each other and knocking over things! Also, consider flowers. I know this could be considered a little fancy schmancy, but I love flowers. I think they totally dress the table and depending on the season, in this case winter time, you can still get some really nice plants and flowers. Try poinsettias, unless you have animals! Also, to set the mood try candleholders, wine decanters (buy a few!), and some new plates, dinnerware and silverware. This doesn’t need to be a thousand dollar table, you can place a few objects into eyes view and make it really pop without spending a ton of money!