2014 is only a few hours away, which means you need to start the work now. With a few simple tips and steps, you can transform your living room into New Years party central.
The type of lighting you choose will set the mood and atmosphere for your party.
Don’t throw away those Christmas lights just yet! Stringing a row of white lights where the walls meet the ceiling is an easy way to make your living room cozy. Just use clear push pins every second or third light to hold them in a neat, straight line.
But to really go all out, arrange white Christmas lights on your ceiling either in a diagonal or cross-hatch pattern, or use “blanket” lights for the best effect.
For a different effect, go with a cultural or chronological theme with your lighting, such as disco lights for a ‘70s look, or paper lanterns for an Asian feel.
New Years is not a time to go light on decorations, but make sure you stick to your theme so your living room looks neat and put-together.
Continue with the theme you picked out for your lights. For example, if you’re going with “Winter Wonderland”, your dominant color will be white or silver, and your decorations should reflect that. The easy thing about choosing white or silver as your base is you can go with just about any accent color—except gold, which tends to not look as nice with silver.
More is usually better with New Years decorations, so hang streamers from corner to corner, blow up balloons (or buy helium ones), hang decorations from light fixtures and chandeliers, and add confetti to the coffee table.
Finally, buy New Years hats for your friends and party horn blowers to hand out. It might seem a little silly, but it’s both a great way to get into a festive mood and ring in the new year.
Setting the Table
While you may or may not be eating at a table, every New Years party will have food at it.
Plastic is the word of the night, as using plastic plates, cups and utensils makes the eventual cleanup 100% easier and quicker. It might not be the most environmentally friendly, but the more people you entertain, the bigger the cleanup job after.
Today, manufacturers make plastic tableware in a variety of styles so you don’t have to look like you’re hosting a kegger. But make sure to get plastic or Styrofoam disposable tableware, as paper can leak and cause a mess.
Every party will always have at least one person sitting down.
Make sure you put enough chairs in your living room so each person has at least one. Like cups and plates, chairs will get used up quickly. If you don’t have enough, head to a party store as they’ll have matching chairs just for this occasion.
Make sure loose cords are out of the way so nobody trips over them later on in the night. While some cords can be tucked behind tables or couches, others might need to be bundled and tied, taped to the floor, or stapled to the baseboard.