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What You Need for an Unforgettable New Year's Eve Party

Ready to ring in the New Year? If you're hosting a party to celebrate 2023, there are a few things you can't do without. Greet the new year the right way with these seven items. When you put them together, you'll have an unforgettable New Year's bash.

Seven Steps to an Unforgettable New Year's Eve Party

An End of the Year Playlist: Set the mood by putting together an end of the year playlist. Include some of the tracks you found most memorable from the past year. Add in some classic New Year's tunes to keep the party going past midnight.

Something to Sip: You can't toast to a new year without something to toast with. Champagne is the traditional favorite, but that doesn't make it an obligation. Choose a simple house cocktail for everyone to enjoy to save on alcohol costs. If you have guests that prefer something non-alcoholic, sparkling cider is an enjoyable alternative.

Unbreakable Cups: While a floor full of broken glass shards would certainly be unforgettable, it probably wouldn't be for the right reasons. Reduce your risk of party mishaps by serving drinks in unbreakable cups. Your guests will be safer (and they probably won't even notice the difference).

Something to Do: Some guests are happy socializing until the clock strikes midnight. Others… not so much. Keep everyone occupied by having a few low-key new year's activities on hand. Invite guests to write predictions about 2023 on a piece of paper - you can read through them at next year's party. Share your new year's resolutions, or create your own top ten lists based on the past year. Get creative to keep the conversation going and your guests having a good time.

A Celebratory Favor: Send your guests off with a little something to commemorate the last day of 2022. It can be goofy (like a pair of 2023 glasses), or something a little more meaningful. You could even use it as a way to get rid of extra Christmas candy (don't worry, we won't tell).

A LIttle Sparkle: Have a passion for glitter? Tonight is your night. Add some glitz to your New Year celebration by setting up metallic and sparkly decorations. If you're a competent DIY-er, Pinterest is chock full of instructions for homemade decor. If not, no worries - your nearest party supply store will have enough sparkle to last you all night long.

Something That Makes Your Smile: Did 2022 seem like a long year? You're not alone. It's easy to feel burnt out by the time New Year's comes around. If the last party of the year seems more like a chore than a celebration, take a step back. What can you do to lighten the load? What can you include in the festivities that will make you smile? A special drink? A treat you don't have any other time of year? If your answer is "a few minutes to myself," it may be time to reevaluate. A quiet night in may be just the right way to send out the old and welcome in the new. 

However you choose to celebrate New Year's, we wish you the best. Happy 2023!

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