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Happy New Year 2018

Before hitting the New Years sales, you will need to have celebrated the New Year in some suitably stylish way.

So, think large bowls full of party poppers and confetti, planned fireworks displays and video game tournaments!

Instead of celebrating in a pub or club with a bunch of random people, how about partying at home with friends and family?

You could get some cheap flights to Las Vegas for New Years Eve, then party like princes and princesses along the Strip. Or you could create this atmosphere at a party in your home town; taking many of the “O.C.” parties as inspiration.

New Year Celebrations - Casino Night

Start by working out your budget, to make sure you don’t overspend. Then work out what things are most important to you: prioritise! So, if games is the most important thing for you, start by doing some research into Las Vegas themed games.

You could buy several packs of cards, some chips and a couple of tables; have a look on ebay for casino night party supplies. Or you could hire in some party planners who will create the look and hire all the staff and equipment for you.

You must also decide whether party-goers are gambling real money, and if so, what each chip should represent (the rates), and then whether this money is going to charity or back to the individual. Or, you could sell entrance tickets for a high price and give each person a number of chips on entry, that then can be rewarded with something silly...say 50 chips equals one bottle of red. If this is a big event, you might want to get some companies to sponsor some prizes.

Then work on decorations and invitations. Invites should be chic and well presented, as then you are more likely to have more positive RSVPs; make sure to say that the event is black tie/cocktail dress. Go for a black and red theme, with twinkly lights every to keep everything looking sultry. Give everyone a score card and something to hold their chips in. You should keep a rule book at each “table” to ensure that everyone knows what they are doing, and that any disputes are resolved swiftly!

How about partnering up people, one novice and one old-hand? Make sure that everyone is having a good time by really thinking through the music...a bit of Elvis through your iPod or a live Jazz band are sure to set the mood at your event.

Host A Chinese New Year Party

This occasion is celebrated on the first of the Lunar Calendar, and thus is a different day every year according to the Gregorian calendar. For example, 2009, The Year of the Ox, was celebrated on January 26th.

To decorate, choose red Chinese inspired items, like paper lanterns or banners with Chinese writing on, make sure they are hung vertically. Make sure to have the traditional Chyuhn Haap in the centre of the room. This candy tray is filled with eight different symbolic sweets, including candied water melon which represents growth and good health, and peanuts signifying longevity.

Chinese new year and elementary activities are an easy thing to mix. How about getting every child to write down a wish on a piece of red paper, then to make their own special red envelope, which they decorate. Pop the filled envelope in a special red bucket or bowl. You could also do this at any regular party, as an activity throughout the evening.

Chinese new year party idea cake is very important. This cake known as nian gao is known to be the most important food of the occasion. Made with rice flour and brown candy, it is heavy, sticky and sweet, and represents through its texture the importance and hope for close family ties. Other chinese new years dessert recipes could be for turnip cake or water chestnut cake.

Throwing a New York Style New Years Party

For those people not able to spend their holidays in the capital of New Years excitement and fun, try recreating a bit of NY at home.

American new years traditions state that towards midnight, the entire crowd must sing Auld Lang Syne at the top of their lungs. And of course counting down to midnight, as if you were in Times Square, with a heap of confetti in your hands.

Another great pastime is to choose your resolutions. Common new years resolutions include quitting smoking, spending more time with family, learning new things and to lose weight.

Make sure to think of decorating ideas for your new years eve party well in advance. To make a party really successful you need to create an atmosphere, and decor is an easy way to do this (as is music: have it loud and well-chosen). Pop balloons everywhere, both helium filled and ones floating on the floor.

Lots of flowers and candles make the space come alive, and fill up a room with party cheer; for extra New York effect get loads of cheap and cool lights, to make it look like Times Square. Why not put up a large poster of a NY Skyline to really transport the imagination. Bowls of delicious things to eat are also an excellent decorative accessory to a space, and that Champagne is pretty important to a NY New Years.

Start thinking about what will be in the next year or congratulate yourselves on the past year by having a board of accomplishments. Get everyone to contribute at least one thing to the list at the beginning of the evening.

To top off the evening, make sure everything is so organised that you can enjoy mingling with everybody, and make sure to leave clearing up for the morning!


New Years Resolutions

Wondering how to celebrate New Year 2018

How & where to spend New Year?

This is a time of year we traditionally spend with family & friends.

It's a time of looking forwards, new year's resolutions, thinking of our hopes
and dreams for the coming year.

New Year Blessing

At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand new year will begin.
Let's raise our hopes in a confident toast,
to the promise it ushers in.

May your battles be few, your pleasures many,
your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
and give you the strength to rebuild.

May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.

Christmas and New Year Party Ideas

At such a special time of year, try inviting all your friends round for a Scandinavian Christmas Eve party. Serve a Smorgastorte in the centre of a huge buffet of meats, cheeses and salads. Don’t forget to try herring and schnapps!

How about throwing a Resolutions Party, where people can really enjoy doing the thing they plan on giving up so much one last time. Such as, having a gaming station big screen, or a dessert buffet. Have people write down their resolutions and then read them out later on.

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may I wish you a happy New Year 2016.