Go Shopping For That Big New Year’s Eve Party
Deciding to throw a New Year’s Eve party at home involves a bit of planning and shopping. The key to making it work is having a master plan and sticking to it. Shopping for supplies for the big night is a huge job, but if you and your partner do the shopping together it will help relieve some of the stress.
Start by making a list of what you will need. Divide the list into different suppliers and try to itemize everything, right down to the tiny toothpicks needed for the appetizers. Plan to go to each type of supplier with your complete list in hand so you don’t have to make any extra trips. Here is a guide to the supplies you will probably need.
Make a detailed list of everything you will need for your buffet or dinner. Divide the list into perishable and nonperishable items because you can probably buy the nonperishables early, and save the rest for a couple days before your party. It’s a good idea to check your pantry first just in case the bottle of vanilla that you thought was full only had a few drops in it. A little checking can save you from making an emergency run to the store when you are already busy.
Decide what you will be serving for drinks and don’t forget non alcoholic drinks. Many New Year’s Eve parties serve only champagne and sparkling cider, but others will offer a full bar. If you are having a full bar, don’t forget the mixers, and add lemons, olives, and limes to your grocery list. Take inventory of what you have for barware and ways to hold the ice. If you need plastic champagne flutes or barware, add it to your paper goods list. Too much champagne is probably never enough, so buy a good budget one, and plenty of it.
Keep your decorations elegant and simple by sticking to just a couple colors. Black, silver and gold are popular for New Year’s Eve. Head to a craft shop or dollar store for some simple ribbons, balls, and even mini white lights to use about the house. Get creative and keep it simple.
Particularly for a buffet, it may be wise to use paper and plastic tableware. Nowadays there are so many attractive options, or you can stick to plain white, which always adds elegance. Try a party supply store for these items, and don’t forget the noisemakers and party hats. Discount stores may be a good place to shop for the basics.
Your local discount store will probably be the place to buy the crock pot you need, or extra serving trays. This can be the stop where you will probably get all the odds and ends needed for your party.
Your list for the perfect New Year’s Eve party may seem overwhelming, but by working together with your partner, and even splitting the chores up between you, can make a stressful job more manageable.