The holiday season is rapidly approaching and it’s time to start planning. Once you’ve taken care of Halloween costumes, settled on Thanksgiving plans, ordered your photo holiday cards and started your Christmas shopping list, it’s easy to forget about New Year’s Eve. Don’t let this year be a dud! Host your best party ever by starting with a theme.
Themes can be simple and subtle or pervasive and over the top — either way it’s a great way to help inform your decision making every step of the way. Here are some of the best themes we’ve come up with to say farewell to 2012.
It’s the End of the World
Remember how the Mayan calendar scheduled the world to end in 2012? Use it for your inspiration and remember: YOLO (you only live once)! You can take this in many directions — corny Michael Bay astronaut style, Mayan-themed mayhem, 90s R.E.M. inspired grunge or find your own interpretation. Expect this party to get a little wild if you really embrace the carpe diem philosophy.
A common New Year’s resolution is giving something up, usually a food or bad habit. Celebrate the terrible fashion choices of the previous year by encouraging guests to wear something they swear to never wear again. Give that terrible trendy sweater one last hurrah and get a good chuckle out of the silly things your friends and family have consigned to the waste bin. It’s like an ugly Christmas sweater party, but more inclusive.
Back to the Future
Why? Why not?! Any excuse to wear a quilted vest and Nike high tops works for us. Re-label all soft drinks with Pepsi Free labels, put out a “Welcome Home Uncle Joey” cake and encourage attendees to dress in character. If there will be any chance of dancing at the party, you’ll need to decorate a section to look like the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.
If you’re looking for a fancy-dress party, a masquerade is the way to go. You can encourage guests to dress as a character or to simply add a mask to formal attire. Midnight is a natural time for attendees to unmask and reveal their true selves. Masquerade is a pretty vague term so use the invitation to help inform guests of what they should wear and what they can expect.
2013, like every year before it, will start with quitting vices, bad habits and unhealthy foods. Give your guests one last chance to indulge in sinfully good chocolate desserts, fantastic mixed drinks and all sorts of other goodies. You can also use this theme as a basis for a potluck or “dish to pass” and ask guests to bring their favorite food or drink that they’ll be giving up when the clock strikes twelve. Be sure to let guests know what the dress code is: casual, sinfully sexy or somewhere in between!