Common New Year’s Party Host Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

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Common Host Mistakes - and How to Avoid Them
You want to be the host of the year – literally. You’re tackling the job of a New Year’s Eve bash and basically setting the tone for both how one year ends and another begins. That’s one big job. Being a party host is never easy and with the added pressure of New Year’s, you want to be extraordinary. To do that, you need to avoid the common host mistakes – and most don’t even realize they’re making them. Then, we’ll show you how to avoid them so you can be the hostess with the moistest for your end of the year celebration.

Running Out of Ice

Seriously, no party should ever have the issue of ice. Instead, you need more than enough. What mixed drink tastes great at room temperature? Not many, that’s for sure. Do not skimp on this or rely on your household ice maker to supply the party all night. Instead, pony up the dough for some bags of ice and buy more than you think you need.

Not Having Enough Mixers

You walk into the party and see tons of liquor, but only a handful of mixers. Will that really work for all party guests? You need tons of mixers and liquor to go around – and even those off-the-wall mixers for those that steer clear of the usual drinks. Buy a few sodas, juices and cocktail blends so that you can appease just about anyone’s New Year’s drink craving.

Focusing on Fussy Drinks

You’re the party host, but do you want to be stuck behind a bar making complex cocktails all night? Yes, we understand you want to serve up some delicious beverages, but let’s not go overboard here. Anything that requires excessive time to make or makes you have to read up on mixology isn’t worth it. Stick to the basics that are easy to whip up and something you can still talk to guests while crafting.

Not Serving Food

Okay, so the majority of New Year’s Eve party goers are there to drink. We agree. But, that doesn’t mean you need a party with liquids and nothing else. You need some sort of food to munch on throughout the night – and that doesn’t mean a five-course meal either. You don’t even need gourmet food. Just offer up snacks, olives, cheese boards, dips, chips, nuts or even mini sandwiches so guests have something to eat.

Whatever you do, avoid the messy food. If your affair is something people are dressing up for, no one will enjoy drippings on their dresses and fine sweaters.

Not Having Enough Wine

Some people don’t want mixers; instead, they want wines. If you are going to serve wines, you not only need a good variety of types (fresh whites, bold reds, etc.), but a few bottles of each. If you order in time, your wine of the month club could send you your next order – or you can just order a case from your favorite wine club online.

Not Serving Champagne

Some feel it is too cliché to serve up champagne, but just about anyone at a New Year’s Eve bash will expect it – cliché or not. Order a few bottles of bubbly from your favorite wine club or better yet, stock up early by joining a wine of the month club that actually offers champagne in their shipments, like Vinesse.

Being the perfect hostess or host on New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be difficult. If you know the common host party fouls you can easily avoid them and pull off the bash of the year. Even if there are a few hiccups during the event, at least you know you avoided all of the annoying, party-ruining oopsies so that you can have a good time and bring in the New Year with great friends.



Shailynn is a word slinger, chef, Pinterest addict and adult coloring book collector. As our Operations Manager and Senior Researcher/Editor, you will find Shailynn busy finding new companies and topics to research, but also handling the crazy day-to-day on the backend – and by crazy…we mean all of us. She attended the International Culinary Institute, where she studied pastry arts and she worked as an executive pastry chef before hanging up her chef’s hat and decided to work from home as a writer. She is a fanatic for a great cup of coffee or wonderful glass of wine! Shailynn is a mother of three and married to a handsome firefighter.

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