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The New Year's Eve Guide to Hosting a Party

From a casual backyard Boho garden gathering, to an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner party, we’ve got you covered when it comes to seeing in the New Year – in style. The year 2020 has an auspicious and especially significant ring to it, so mark the occasion with one of the following great Interiors Online at-home party ideas to usher in the New Year.



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Think fairy lights and a flaming fire pit as your New Year’s Eve party centrepiece. In this al fresco setting you’re probably going to choose smart, outdoor usage glasses and plates for your drinks and food. 

Place your outdoor and occasional furniture in strategic groups, for instance under a tree, around the fire pit, or a food table, or bar - as well as strategically scattered in the prettiest places in your garden. 

Organise all these gathering places so they are well lit, preferably with festive fairy lights and if safe, add some candles to create a magical and festive ambience amongst the greenery. 





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This is when a dedicated bar or drinks trolley really comes into its own. To keep it simple, limit your choice of drinks to a variety of just three to four drinks. 

Champagne is the obvious celebratory choice, but you may want to prepare pitchers of drinks in advance, such as the ever-popular margarita or any other favourite cocktail. Be sure to decorate your bar to add to the festive feel.



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This sophisticated option allows you to limit your hosting to a finite number of guests. But what you lack in quantity, you can make up with quality and intimacy. 

Consider preparing a printed celebratory menu and place name plates for your guests to keep. Set your table with coordinated dinnerware and cutlery and fresh flowers and candles. 

The aim here is to create a memorable and elegant event to be remembered and shared with your nearest and dearest. Be sure to have enough quality champagne to toast in the New Year in style.




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This casual affair is easy to prepare, but be sure to add some festive themed décor, as well as lighting for practicality and to add ambience and mark the occasion. 

Aside from traditional barbecue food and drinks, be sure to include some special food to differentiate this event from your regular barbecue gatherings.


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The advantage of serving food on sticks is that they are easy, tasty and can be prepared in advance. Consider classical options such as chicken skewers and fresh Aussie prawns - as well as some vegetable options. 

Food that is cooked on skewers is best served and passed around on stylish and practical trays. As with any New Year’s Eve party, have plenty of chilled champagne on hand to ensure the New Year is toasted in the traditional manner.



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Who doesn’t love a dress-up or themed party? A theme instantly gets people talking and relaxed. Be as silly or sophisticated as you like! For instance, you may want to ask guests to dress in black and gold. 

But whatever theme you decide to ask your guests to dress in, ensure that the decor is set in the same coordinated theme. If you live on the coast, you may want to consider a nautical, blue and white theme. Alternatively, if you live near the bush, opt for an all green, nature-inspired theme for your New Year’s Eve party.

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