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Ringing In The New Year: Tips for Hosting Your New Year’s Eve Party

Christmas is over and although it was a wonderful time with your family, se-cretly you are ready for the tinsel, garland and all things red and green to go back into the Rubbermaid bin hiding spot (and if you have kids you need a cel-ebratory cocktail just for moving that elf all season long!) The New Year is com-ing and perhaps more than ever, you are ready for some unbridled adult fun. After all, this Christmas season has been a doozy!

Cousin Eddie showed up unannounced and clogged up the septic (Thanks Banks Quarles for the rescue!) The cat got into the Christmas tree, shorting the lights and blowing the fuses in the house! (Thank you again Banks Quarles!) and when you were accidentally locked in the attic freezing to death and you thought you could somehow adjust the heat to flow up there yourself, Banks Quarles came to get your HVAC back on track! We know…this sounds a lot like a popular Christmas movie…but we also know crazy things like this do happen in life! After all, we have been in business for almost 100 years! Believe us when we say that we have seen it all and know that also means we’ve fixed it all. You can always count on us to be there when you need us.

We know you need a break and as 2019 approached 2020, we thought we would leave you with a parting gift: tips for hosting a simple New Year’s Eve Party. No, we are not hosting experts, but we are real people just like you. We enjoy serving and know the joy it brings to others with a job well done.

From all of us at Banks Quarles, “Happy New Year and THANK YOU for letting us serve you!”.
PS Should your BFF decide that they HAVE to plug in the karaoke ma-chine, disco ball, and their fancy new mega amp microphone, we will be there to get the power back on ASAP…and maybe join in for “Auld Lang Syne!”

Tips for Hosting Your New Year’s Eve Party

1. Anytime you are hosting you want to set the vibe.
Consider what your guests will see, smell and hear when they walk into the party. New Year’s Eve is all things brightly colored and glittery, the sounds of tinkling glasses & silly noisemakers, yummy food and pretty drinks, and overall wild fun! Be sure to use bold colors with metallic gold or silvers in your decor and have plenty of noisemakers nearby for the stroke of midnight! Have a great playlist going in the background and one ready for the dancing to erupt. The smells can be influenced by a special scented candle, roaring fire or the foods you’ll be cooking/serving.

2. Set up a drink station. Whether it is a bar cart decked out, a sideboard or a coffee table, having a drink station set up helps your guests know they are welcome and that they can relax. Your drink station can carry anything from sodas to mocktails to a signature drink. Just don’t go too crazy if your mix-ology skills are not the best. Keep it simple and choose drinks that will please the majority of your guests for the evening. (Money saving tip: choose a mix that will let you use up any Christmas booze you may have left.) A spe-cial punch (and maybe one for drivers that night also. Be sure to label them!) can really get your guests moving! Guests love to bring something so don’t feel ashamed to mention some needs!

3. Games: Chances are you have stressed a little bit on how to expertly enter-tain the crowd you are hosting. Well, STOP. If you relax, your guests will re-lax also. You can organize ice breaker games, card games, karaoke, and a dance floor, but let them happen organically! Put the games out and the people will come! A special set for taking New Year’s photographs is also fun!

4. Be prepared for anything! Some guests may end up staying over after party-ing until after midnight. Have extra blankets and pillows available and tidy up the guest room. Be flexible and show hospitality to your guests! You nev-er know when you might need them to repay the favor and let you crash at their house! Remember, anytime you open your home up to others, things happen.

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