Host an O So Chic New Years Eve Party


The New Years Eve party is a way to bid farewell to the last year, and to welcome the the coming one, so it must be done right. From the music, to the food, to the drinks, each element is as important as the next. Ensure your guests have a good time in just a few steps.

We’ve spent the last few years celebrating New Years Eve in the club, buying way over-priced tickets, only to be met hit or miss mix of music, and outrageously long lines at the open bar. This year we decided we weren’t up for the club scene (who has upwards of $150 to spend on the entry ticket alone? Please!). However, up until last night, we hadn’t decided what we were going to do. We finally decided to host our own little New Years Eve Affair. Now we’ve just got to get everything together.

Whether you’re planning a last minute party, or your New Years Eve Soiree was in the works for months, here are a few tips to ensure your guests have an O So Chic New Years!

• • • • • •Mix the Music• • • • • •

I cannot even tell you how annoyed we were the first New Years Eve we went out to a club and the DJ played hard rap for who knows how long, only to be followed by some slow “you ain’t gotta go home but you gotta get the hell up outta here” songs. So not only did we spend the last few hours standing around, we didn’t even hear our favorite songs from that year.

Come up with a playlist before the party. Vary your music list and encompass different genres. Be sure to include some oldies but goodies, and the biggest hits of this year. This way you’ll have something everyone can enjoy, and your guests will dance the night away.

• • • • • •Serve Festive Foods• • • • • •

Since your guests will probably be indulging in a few cocktails, be sure to have hors d’oeuvres available throughout the night. Last year our friend had one too many cocktails, and nothing at all to eat at the open bar affair that we went to. She spent half the night sitting over a garbage. You don’t want that happening. Include a variety of appetizers – hot and cold, sweet and savory, meats, cheeses, breads, veggies, dips, and nuts.

• • • • • •Create Distinctive Drinks• • • • • •

If you want to be creative, or if your party has a specific theme, serve your guests a signature cocktail to match. If it’s good, your guests will be talking about it throughout the night. We will be having “Still and How’s” Melanie O.’s own special, secret concoction. I’ve never had it, don’t know what’s in it, but she says it’s good. I’ll have to let you guys know how it turns out.

Be sure to include some non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails for your designated drivers and guests who don’t drink.

You must have chilled champagne ready for the countdown to midnight. Pick up a few bottles of sparkling cider too (I thought that was the best thing ever when I was about 10-years-old).

• • • • • •Provide Proper Drinkware• • • • • •

I can’t you tell how many events we’ve gone to and have been served wine in plastic dixie cups, and how many times Melanie O. has said “this is the last time I’m drinking wine out of a cup.” During a trip to Detroit, Mel also saw a woman in a restaurant drinking her wine through a straw. Not a good look.

Take a quick trip to the party supply store and get some disposable drinkware and assemble a few before the guests arrive. Depending on the number of guests you are having, pick up some inexpensive, real, champagne flutes so you your guests will hear that “clink, clink” when you toast to the new year.

• • • • • •Remember to Countdown to Midnight• • • • • •

I don’t care what kind of party you’re hosting, or where you are, you cannot let the last few seconds of the year pass without that countdown from 10 to 1. If there is a TV around, tune in to see the ball drop. Ringing in the New Year is the most important moment of the night, usually followed up by a midnight kiss for some, and the champagne toast for everyone, so keep your eye on the clock. If all goes well, once the clock strikes 12, you’re off duty. Hang up your hostess hat, and join the party!

There you have it! Have a happy, healthy, and fabulous New Year filled with fashion, music, beauty, the arts, and everything else that is O So Chic! See you in ’09!

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  1. Melanie O. says:

    Thanks for all the honorable mentions LOL
    For NYE, go hard or go home!!!

  2. Melissa L. says:

    Update: The "Still & How" passed the test. It was good.

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