New Years Eve Party Themes

Great New Years Party Ideas

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We're breakin' out the sparkliest New Years Eve party themes ever! Use our New Years Eve party planning expertise for all it's worth, and most assuredly your party will be the perfect start to an amazingly good new year.

And there's no need to limit yourself to New Years Eve party themes. We have wonderful ideas for Christmas party themes that'll be sure to earn you the title of queen or king of the entire holiday social scene.

Common Thread: Sparkling Wine

rows of wine glasses partially filled with champagne

Since a toast is pretty much mandatory at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, whatever the New Years Eve party theme may be, sparkling wine is sure to be a requirement.

So, here are a few of our favorites to get you started. It doesn't hurt that these are reasonably priced (ok, they're downright inexpensive) in addition to tasting good!

  • Paul Louis Blanc de Blancs (wonderful full-bodied Crémant from France)
  • Segura Viudas Brut Reserva (smooth, clean Cava from Spain)
  • Zardetto Prosecco Brut (light, pleasing Prosecco from Italy)

Of course, you can always splurge on an authentic Champagne from the Champagne region of France. New Year's Eve is, after all, the glitziest of the holidays.

Black & White Party

How often do we get to dress to the nines now that we're way past prom years? New Year's Eve always brings to mind sophisticated people in formal attire, glasses of sparkling wine raised in a toast at the magical midnight hour. Chandeliers sparkle overhead, the orchestra is playing, his arms encircle...oh sorry, got lost in my own fantasy.

With this New Years Eve party theme, here's your chance to bring your own elegant vision to life.

Location: Depending on your budget and the size of your guest list, the place can be anywhere from a rented ballroom of an upscale hotel to your elegantly transformed living room.

Attire: Gowns and tuxedos, black or white of course.

Food: Hors d'oeuvres served on beautiful trays. Cloth napkins, fine china dessert-sized plates, linen tablecloths.

Drinks: Whatever your heart desires, but be sure to have an endless flow of sparkling wine served in crystal, fluted champagne glasses.

New Years Eve Cruise

cruise ship sailing at sunset

New Years Eve party planning never had it so easy. Get together a small group of your closest friends and host your New Year's Eve party on a cruise.

The getaway doesn't have to be long (3 or 4 nights will do it). It doesn't have to go far. It doesn't have to be the most expensive voyage on the seven seas. It simply has to include New Year's Eve as one of the cruising nights.

This is one New Year's Eve party theme where everything you need for the celebration is already on hand and taken care of by someone else—the food, drink, music, entertainment. What could be better? Just be sure to book it months in advance to find the best deal.

Movie Night

Movies abound that have scenes of New Year's Eve as central to the film. For this New Years Eve party theme, grab all those folks who are practically allergic to getting dressed up, avoid the drunk drivers, and burrow in for a New Year's Eve party that features a movie marathon.

Location: Your den or living room—wherever the biggest TV resides. Oversized pillows and blankets for those who want to camp out on the floor.

Attire: Comfy casual.

Food: Freshly popped popcorn (thank goodness for microwaves), potato chips and dip (homemade or store bought), lunchmeat and cheese tray, assorted rolls and breads for making sandwiches, condiments (mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, hot peppers), sandwich fillers (lettuce, sliced tomatoes, hot peppers).

Drinks: Wine and beer. Enough sparkling wine to toast in the New Year at midnight.

Movies: Here's a bunch of movie titles to get you started. If they're not already in your film collection, beg loaners from your friends, borrow from the library, or rent from one of the many cheap outlets available. Of course, we're in the 21st century now, so many of you may have Netflix or other streaming capabilities at your fingertips.

  • 200 Cigarettes
  • About A Boy
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Boogie Nights
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Entrapment
  • Godfather II
  • Poseidon
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Someone Like You
  • Strange Days
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Apartment
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Trading Places
  • When Harry Met Sally

Fireworks & Supper

fireworks display

New Year's Eve is second only to the 4th of July when it comes to fireworks. It's exhilarating to watch the colorful explosions and imagine them blasting the past year's worries right out into space.

Take in the sky show with a group of friends who properly ooh and aah at the dramatic display. Then head back home to a low key New Year's Eve party centered on an already prepared light supper:

  • Make a big pot of homemade soup or stew and leave it simmering in a crock pot.
  • Butter loaves of French bread and wrap them in foil, all ready to heat in the oven.
  • Whip up a batch of mulled wine and leave that warming in a second crock pot.

For this New Years Eve party theme, everyone helps themselves. Have the table already set buffet style with stacks of soup bowls, spoons, ladles, mugs, napkins, and a bread basket.

Gal Pals Fresh Start

I know, I know. We've all been conditioned to think that New Year's Eve is all about having that special someone to kiss at midnight, that unspoken promise of good things to come. Well, for all those years where the Hallmark moment isn't in the cards, how about a New Years Eve party theme that combines the best of little girl dress-up with big girl tax write-off?

We're talking getting together with your gal pals and weeding out every article of clothing that doesn't fit (forget about saving items for when you lose 10 pounds—buy new clothes if that happens. You're worth it!). We're talkin' getting rid of all those items indelibly linked to a love affair gone bad, as well as those that emphasize the frump and not enough of the flirt.

Write them on a list, bag them up for charity, and you're way ahead on a tax deduction come next year. For items that still have life, but just not with you, swap. Try them on, giggle, accessorize. Try new make-up looks, from the demure to outlandish. Take photos. Load them on Facebook.

And since this is a New Years Eve party, don't forget the sparkling wine. Toast each other at midnight, and reiterate your fabulousness with new toasts each hour thereafter. For this New Years Eve party theme, accompany the wine with indulgences like fine chocolate, fresh strawberries, and divine cheeses. Divas, it's on!

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