For the second year in a row, when the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve, the majority of Americans will find themselves ringing in the New Year at home instead of out on the town, according to a new survey by my buds at Hasbro whom asked me to help share some party ideas: Seventy-nine percent of women and 76 percent of men, up from 70 percent last year, will opt for a simpler, low-key celebration with family and friends. So how can we hosts 'n revelers ring in the season at home? By getting your game on with some simple sanity saving tips that follow which the folks at Hasbro asked me to share with you! So get ready to ring in the New Year with less prep, stress and spending for a great and memorable eve with family and friends! Let the games begin:)
CREATE A MENU OF FUN YUMS ‘N INVITE GUESTS TO BRING ONE: Come up with fun, 2014 names for the food and drinks at the party, like a
- YUMS I Resolve to Cut Back On in 2014 (But not tonight!) i.e. wine, chocolate, fattening favorites like chicken wings ‘n blue cheese, and have each guest bring theirs!
- Game Goodies: Create game-themed names for food and drinks like “Scattegories Shrimp Shooters and Taboo Tea Party Toasts.
- BTW: Inviting help will cut down on your pre-party stress ‘n prep so do not hesitate initiate!
SERVE FUN FINGER FRIENDLY FOODS (say that three times fast!): Fun finger foods are are easy to eat and require little to no clean up. It’s all about remember the D word as in Disposable!!
- Fill decorative cup cake liners with single portion foods like shrimp, trail mix or pigs in the blanket.
- Place coffee filters inside small bowls for nuts and chips
- Use bread, squash and melons for dips and sides so you can just toss when the party’s over.
ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL! Make sure your festivities feature activities that are fun for any age. If inviting kids, set up a separate kids table and pick games that are age-appropriate. My faves:
- Make a point with POINTING FINGERS,
- Tap your family’s inner Picasso with DRAW SOMETHING
- Or if you’re like me pursue the classics and have a TRIVIAL PURSUIT PARTY.
START A NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION: Hosting a Game Night can become a tradition that will create unforgettable memories so get creative! Here are a few ideas:
- Invite everyone to come in black tie, their favorite TV cartoon character or their fave PJ’s.
- Pick teams via a grab bag using game pieces
- Hand out silly hats, sound makers and have a grab bag that everyone gets to dip into at with the stroke of midnight.
4. Fill the bag with party themed gifts that you can have each guest bring-somewhat like a Secret Santa. Be sure to establish a price limit so no one spends too much or too little!
- Have store-bought or homemade trophies for game team victors and his her, child and adult guests with the best ‘outfit’ which all vote on
- Consider having your kids create the trophies!
CAPTURE ‘N SPREAD THE LOVE: Provide disposable cameras so everyone can snap and share their memories from the eve. Create a free digital ‘or ole fashion scrapbook to commemorate the eve. Share via email, through your social channels Or just use it as another reason to host another game night party!