Who doesn’t love a good party? And a New Year’s Eve party tops them all!
Keep reading for 20 of our most spectacular holiday party ideas to ring in the new year.
How to Pick Your Theme
Deciding on the theme for your event is one of the most important parts of hosting a New Year’s Eve bash. But deciding on the right one all depends on who the party is for, where it will be hosted, and your budget.
This list will offer plenty of fun ideas for a cozy night in or a glitzy night out that will make watching the ball drop at midnight in your pj’s or dancing the night away with your friends the best holiday party ever!
20 Dazzling New Year’s Eve Party Ideas
1. Classic Champagne Party
A classic champagne party is one of the most iconic ways to ring in the new year with family and friends. You can dress to the 9’s, rent out a rooftop bar, or transform your home into a classy affair with catering, cocktails, and bubbles.
Add some jazz music in the background or a string quartet, and you’ve got yourself a soiree to remember!
2. Roaring Twenties
This theme is similar to the first, but it gives you and your guests an opportunity to play dress up and celebrate in style.
The Roaring Twenties is always a fun holiday party idea and can be filled with feathered boas, headpieces, flasks, swing music, and themed games.
To really do this theme right, you can even have a secret password each guest must say before entering or rent out a speakeasy-style lounge where all of your guests can drink and dance the night away.
3. Masquerade Ball
Have a grand vision for ringing in the new year? Host a masquerade ball! Either have all of your guests come in finery and masks or provide some at the door.
Hire a catering service and servers to make the evening extra special, and host a costume contest for the best disguise.
4. All Things Black-and-White
Black and white are classic colors for New Year’s Eve. Go all out with this theme by having all refreshments be either black or white, such as mini powdered donuts, white chocolate-covered pretzels, black and white cookies, and White Russians.
5. Glitter, Glitz, and Glam
Nothing says “Happy New Year” like sparkles and glam. Hang a disco ball and streamers and encourage guests to wear anything that may catch the light and sparkle. Confetti poppers and bedazzled glasses are extra-fun touches for a night in with family or a lavish party with friends.
6. Vision Board Party
If dressing up isn’t your thing, host a vision board party where everyone brings craft supplies and makes vision boards for the new year. This is the perfect activity to do with kids before they head off to bed or on a fun girls’ night.
7. Movie Marathon Night
Have a favorite movie series? Grab your pj’s, some popcorn and snacks, drinks, and cozy blankets, and see how many movies you can get through before the ball drops!
8. Backyard Bonfire
Do you live in a milder climate? Host a backyard bonfire for friends and family.
Hang twinkle lights in the trees, grab some s’mores kits, roast hot dogs, tell favorite stories from the past year, and project the ball drop on an outdoor movie screen at midnight.
9. Spa Night
If you’ve had a particularly stressful year, this theme may be exactly what you need. Host a spa night with close friends where you do facials, manicures, and foot scrubs. Have a selection of cozy slippers to slip on and teas available to sip on while you calmly welcome 2023.
10. Make Cocktails
Hire someone to teach you how to make your favorite cocktails. This could be for a whole holiday party gathering or just your family — whichever you choose!
11. Build a Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie boards are taking the world by storm these days. Why not learn the art of creating the perfect board? Not only is this a fun activity for diverse groups of people, but it’s also a great way to provide late-night snacks.
12. Host a Wine Night
Wine tastings are a fun way to learn something new and get a little buzz on before the ball drops. Whether you decide to make it a girls’ night or couples-only, this theme is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
13. Set Up a Photo Booth
Set up a photo booth area and provide a table of props for your guests to choose from! This is a great idea for adults and kids alike and is sure to keep everyone entertained for hours.
14. 2022 Trends
Is your group up on all the latest trends? Host a party that nods to all of the trends from the past year.
15. Mixed Metals
Silver, gold, rose gold, copper — select decorations in all of the different metal tones and have your guests come in their favorite shiny outfits!
16. Incense/Cleanse Party
Need to cleanse your space after the year you’ve had? Host an incense party where everyone makes smudge sticks to take home.
17. Just Desserts
Family celebrations and New Year’s Eve parties call for endless sweets! Have multiple stations filled with cookies, candies, cakes, and spiked dessert options for the adults.
While you might all slip into a sugar coma, at least New Year’s Day is a holiday!
18. Karaoke Night
Want to end the year with belly laughs? Grab a karaoke machine and host a singing competition. Kids love this one, and once the drinks start flowing, adults really get into it, too.
19. Decades Party
We may be ringing in 2023, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look back at all of the decades that came before. Have everyone dress up in their favorite decade’s style and have a catered meal for all to enjoy.
20. Casino Party
If you’re wanting to have activities all night long, host a casino party! Hire local professionals to be the dealers, dress up, and play poker!
Make the Most of Your Holiday Parties: New Year’s Eve Edition
Looking for the perfect place to host your holiday events or meet your catering needs? The Refuge in Melville can provide hors d’oeuvres, family-style dining, a lounge, and the perfect cocktails for whatever your parties need this season.
No matter what theme you choose, we’ve got a way to make this a celebration to remember!