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Hosting is always nerve racking, but hosting a New Years Eve party is another beast entirely. Ringing in a new year and a new decade is stressful in and of itself, and when your guests are counting on you to facilitate the fun and set the tone for the year to come, there’s an inevitable excitement overload. We consulted an expert to help you welcome the new year with style and ease.
“It’s always great to be able to host and bring together your friends and family. However, it can also be a bit overwhelming if you let it,” says Kristine Thompson of TrendyCurvy, whose 255,000 Instagram followers turn to her for the best style inspiration.. “I chose products that make serving food and drinks easy and seamless so that you can be present during the event. Also, what’s a party without festive décor? These elements can help keep things fun and interactive.”
Kristine believes that the key to hosting is preparedness so that you’re not stressed and can enjoy the party. “Be flexible and allow the party to flow how it may, and be in the moment so that you can enjoy it as much as your guests,” she says. Scroll for her top picks to bring in the new year in style.
Why she chose it: “If you didn’t sip champagne at midnight, did you really have a New Year’s Eve party? Champagne flutes are a must for such an event. I love these because they are more festive than formal. After all, it’s a house party so you want it to feel celebratory, yet relaxed. They also make for a great boomerang opportunity.”
Why she chose it: “The best thing to do as a host is to put the food out and let your guests pick at it as they wish. Set it and forget it! This plate is gorgeous and will make for a great presentation with minimal effort. Ppile it up with tasty snacks to munch on throughout the night.”
Why she chose it: “These are great as a presentation piece to sit on a bar cart or table, but they are also functional. Hello, stainless steel! Not only are they unique with the shiny gold finish, but they aren’t as fragile as glass.”
Why she chose it: “This server set goes hand-in-hand with the marble cheese plate/charcuterie. You need serving utensils so why not make them as fabulous as the party? I have a gold theme running throughout these picks. It really makes everything look thought through and cohesive.”
Why she chose it: “Deck out your space in festive décor. That way, as soon as your guests arrive, they are instantly in party mode. This set does the work for you and includes everything you need to transform your home.”
Why she chose it: “These sunglasses match the theme of the event and are great for pictures with the décor as the backdrop. Guests can dance in them — the possibilities are endless.”
Why she chose it: “I’m a sucker for little details so I was immediately drawn to these drink stirrers. The goal of hosting any event is to blend the functional with the unconventional. You want to have unique pieces that are not only festive, but that actually add to the party. These stirrers do just that.”
Why she chose it: “It’s a fun novelty to be able to snap a pic and print it out right then and there. Not many of us have physical photos to look back on. New Year’s Eve is such a special time, so it’s a great keepsake to provide your guests with.”
Why she chose it: “If you don’t already have a bar cart, you should. Bar carts are such chic furniture pieces to have in your home and they definitely come in handy for a party. I love how this one is on rollers so that you can move it around if need be. You can place all of your bottles, beverages and glassware in one central place.”
Why she chose it: “You as the host should look just as fabulous as the party that you’ve put together. New Years Eve calls for sequins, so this two-tone gold and black dress is perfect for the occasion. It’s a showstopper while still allowing you to move around comfortably.”
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