With all the Christmas preparations and gift shopping, most New Years Eve party hosts will have a lot to do in between the small gap of Christmas and 2018. To help simplify your New Years Eve party planning, below is a guide to help you throw together a delicious feast and a memorable party!

Mail out your invitations well before the holidays so your invite does not get lost among the mounds of Christmas cards your guests will also receive. Plus, mailing your invite in advance will ensure you have plenty of time to prepare.

Serve a Crowd-Pleasing Drink
A cocktail, such as a vodka martini is easy to customize for your guest — you can offer it dry with a twist, slightly dry with olives, or on the rocks. Below if a single-serving recipe for a vodka¬† martini to help simplify the holiday bar tending.

  1. 2 oz. of vodka
  2. .5 oz. of dry vermouth
  3. 1 dash of orange bitters
  4. Lemon twist


  1. Combine the vodka, vermouth, and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass
  2. Fill the glass with ice and stir until well chilled (about 30 seconds)
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Garnish with a lime twist


Fun Party Purchases
No fun, classic New Years Eve party would be complete without crowns, 2018 oversized glasses, push-pop confetti, silly string, and noisemakers! Have all this and more on hand for a festive celebration.

Make-Ahead and Simple Dishes
When it comes to preparing a meal, you will want to make some of your side dishes the day before so you can just heat them up in the oven. In addition, it is also good to have some quick dishes to make the day of, like a salad, so that you do not spend the remainder of 2017 slaving away in the kitchen.

End with a Toast
Make sure that when the clock strikes twelve you and you guests have champagne (and a non-alcoholic alternative) to help you toast to the New Year!