Planning a party is always stressful, especially when it’s only a few hours away. From the essentials to the little things that you might forget at the last minute, it might seem impossible to know where to start. Don’t worry! We have compiled an easy party prep guide to help you have the best start to the new year.

Make a List- Check It Twice!

Having a list of everything that needs to be done before the party will help you stay on track, all the while reducing your stress in the end. A list will help you stay organized, help you remember everything and give you a clear idea of what you need to do next. 

Pro Tip: Divide your list into two parts: The Home & The Food.

The Home:

-Easy Cleaning: You won’t be able to make your home completely spotless before a last-minute party, so focus on the hot spots! Throw away the trash, vacuum the high-traffic areas in your home, and focus on the most important room of the house: the bathroom. Wipe down the mirrors, around the sink, and give the toilet a quick clean before your guests arrive. 

-Set the Mood: A few easy things can be done ahead of time to help set the mood for your New Years Party! A nice candle or stove simmer will help get your guests in the party vibe. Set up a playlist before the party starts to set the mood without you having to think about it as the doorbell starts ringing! 

-Don’t Forget Seating: One of the most overlooked parts of a party. Make sure you have a lot of seating ahead of time. 

The Food:

-B.Y.O.F.: Potlucks are a great way to bring friends together. Ask your party guests to bring their favorite dishes to pass. 

-Shop Local: From pizza to sandwiches, support your local businesses by having them cater your event. It may cost more, but it will save you lots of time. 

-Frozen is Fine: If you are running out of time, frozen appetizers or hors d’oeuvres are easy solutions and taste great. 

Here’s an Essential Grocery List to help you with your party prep.

Lastly, don’t forget to celebrate! This is your party too, after all. Celebrate, mingle with your friends and usher in the new year in high spirits! 

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