Host a NYE Party at Your Houston Home!
In the hoopla of the holidays, did you forget to make NYE plans in Houston? There are lots of events going on all throughout the city, but some might be sold out by now. It’s worth looking into! But as your local real estate team, we think it’s also a great idea to gather all of your family or friends that don’t have plans, and throw a party at your home!
You can throw a simple, affordable party that still looks classy and is tons of fun. To help you prepare, here are some tips we scrounged up.
Keep it simple and inexpensive! Buy some colorful or metallic ribbon, cut and curl with the edge of a scissors, and then hang it from doorways, lamps, mantels, mirrors and the like. Cut out paper snowflakes, add some glue and glitter, and hang them from the ceiling. Separate your silver, gold and glittery ornaments from the rest and put them in a bowl as a centerpiece, or hang them around the room. Light candles, or if it’s a rowdy crowd, invest in some plastic light candles.
To keep costs down, ask your guests to help out with party necessities. Ask each guest to bring an appetizer to share, or their drink of choice to share, or both. If you plan on having a formal dinner, make it a potluck and have people share with the group what they are bringing so there are no duplicates. Don’t feel bad asking guests to bring their own food or beverages, it makes the party more interesting and diverse! Let your guests know what you’ll be supplying, such as a champagne punch for midnight. (By making a punch with the champagne, you can get away with buying fewer bottles).
Professional Catering Service
On the other hand, if you don’t want to spend NYE by the stove, then booking a catering service is the way to go. It’s more pricey than BYO but still affordable if you choose the right company. The executive chef at Astral Catering explains: “The fact that clients can relax and have fun rather than think about the menu and cook all day is a huge advantage. A team of professionals arrives beforehand and promptly sets up the tables and adds decorative elements to the room. The host would have to decorate and cook all day in preparation for the party, while a professional catering team manages all in 2 hours.”
At NYE, it’s customary to have party favors, such as decorative NYE hats or headbands, and noisemakers. Ask your guests to bring these, or purchase some for the group to share. These can be found for an affordable price at any party store right now. Tiffany, a professional photographer from Pixel Studio Productions, who has served almost a hundred parties in Houston, shares her expertise: “Everyone takes at least a few pictures with their smartphones on a daily basis these days, not even mentioning parties. But if you come up with a funny theme and set up a designated place in your home for photo ops, it will be a really special experience for your guests. Offer to take pictures, designate someone else to do so, or go old school and purchase some throwaway cameras for the guests to use at their leisure”.
NYE is a long night, so it’s important to plan accordingly with activities for the guests. Is it a family-friendly party, a casual calm party, or a rowdy dance party? One idea is to have everyone write down one prediction for 2016, or one resolution, and then put them all in a bowl. Read them and try to guess who wrote what. You could also whip out some board games and have fun with those. Keep the TV on, even if mute, so you don’t miss the midnight countdown. If your guests like to dance, prepare a music station ahead of time with a device to play songs, and speakers so everyone can hear. If you are planning to spend a few hours out after the dinner having fun in a company of best friends, renting a party bus is a fresh and trendy idea. Drive around the city, or simply use the bus as a means of transport from one club to another without losing the party spirit. The special requests manager of Advantage Limousine Services, premier limo service provider in Houston, shares: “Recently, there has been a trend among our clients to hire a professional DJ for the party bus. However, there are several things to consider beforehand. Make sure in advance that the bus is spacey enough to fit the DJ set and if there is a technical possibility to connect the necessary equipment in the chosen bus model. Otherwise, either the sound won’t be right or the DJ will not be able to play at all and you’ll throw money down the drain.”
Have fun with this! It’s a great way to show off your home to all of your family and friends. Have a safe and happy New Year!