10 Tips To Throw An Amazing Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Party

My favourite New Year’s memory was 2009, when I was fresh out of college. It was my gap year, and so I basically had the freedom to spend New Years wherever I wanted.

I chose Melbourne because it made sense logistically (I was in Vietnam in November).

It also looked stunning.

Unfortunately, I somehow wound up with no plans. My only friend in the city was ill, while my cousin was working.

However, in a twist of fate, my cousin was given the night off work. Unsure of what to do but knowing full well that the bars would be packed and expensive while the clubs would be sold out, we decided to throw together a last minute party.

She had plenty of contacts – not least her colleagues who had also been given the time off.

Some quick phone calls, hastily applied makeup, fireworks and homemade punch later, and we were ready to send off 2009 with a bang.


It was last minute but awesome.

We all want to welcome in 2017 in style. We want to see our friends and family, a laugh, a dance, and maybe even find some romance. But if you’ve left it unit the last minute, you might be fearing that the clock is ticking down to get everything ready.

There is still plenty of time. You don’t need to be as last minute as my cousin and I were. All you need is some moxie, some invitations, some cocktails, guests and a place, and you’re pretty much ready to go.

Let’s take a look at the 10 tips that will help you to throw an awesome last-minute New Years’ Eve party.

Text People

There are only a few days left until New Years Eve, so there’s really no point sending out classy paper invitations to people. Sure, they’d look cool and swanky, but there’s no guarantee that people would even receive them over the holiday period.

Forget all that and text people instead.

In fact, an even easier way of sending out invitations would be to create a Facebook group containing everyone you want to invite.

Alternatively, you could make it look even more exciting by creating an event on Facebook. It will be a nice surprise for your friends who had no plans!

Get People Involved

You surely don’t have the time to do absolutely everything yourself. So why not get other people involved?

Just like a business owner delegates tasks to other people, so should you. Ask friends who are free to pitch in. But someone on booze duty and another on food duty. Be creative about who does what.

Don’t do everything yourself!

Don’t Go Overboard

You don’t have a lot of time, so it makes no sense to stress yourself out with an extravagant party.

Keep things simple. Invite only your close friends, or at the very least just a handful of friends.

Don’t trouble yourself with a huge list of food and drinks.

Don’t decorate your home up to the nines.

You haven’t the time. Don’t make this harder than it needs to be.

Use What You’ve Got

You might be tempted to go out and buy lots of paper products, such as cups and plates. But while this will save you a lot of cleaning up when the party is over, it could give you a major headache before it starts.

Also, don’t go out hunting for cute new ceramic plates and cups. You don’t need to! Just use whatever you’ve got in.

Who cares if everything is mismatched? This is a last minute party. No one will care!

Get The Snack In

Forget about any pretensions of a huge meal with wine, cheese, coffee and all the works. Order some snacks in and keep things simple.

All you really need to do is pick out some tasty party food, such as chips, dips and toppings.

Just make sure there is something for everyone – vegans and vegetarians like to party, too!


You don’t want to look like a cheap skate. But come on, this is a last minute thing. It’s okay to ask your guests to bring their own alcohol.

You could also ask people to bring their own cocktail ideas and recipes, too.

Don’t worry about buying lots of alcohol for everyone. There is no need. Especially if it’s a last minute last minute thing, ask people to stop off at the off-license on their way over.

Make Your Own Decorations

You don’t have to make them all by yourself – invite a friend over, pop on your creative hats, and blow up some balloons.

This is far better than splashing out on expensive decorations. It’s also more fun too, and will give your party a distinctly last minute vibe that is really cool.

It doesn’t matter how rubbish your decorations look – this is all about having FUN!

And who knows? By the end of the day you might have got so good at blowing up balloons that a new career awaits.

Stay In One Room

Forget the formalities of regular parties, and keep everything confined to one room.

Don’t Forget The Dessert

Whether you planned it a few ago or the night before, ANY party has to have a show stopping dessert.

Without it, I’m not even sure that it’s a party.

You could make your own if you have the time, or you could order one.

I recommend the latter, but if you have the means and the skills, make your own. Why not!!

Forget About The Oven

Don’t bother yourself with a complicated dish that needs checking every ten minutes. Leave the oven be, and focus on party food, finger food, and nibbles.

Stay happy!

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