Customize our printable New Year’s Eve Party invitations, and include a request that each guest email their favorite New Year’s toast when they RSVP.
Gather names, addresses and phone numbers, and mail invitations.
3 weeks out
Take inventory of your dinnerware and serveware. Make sure you also have ample chairs, table linens, champagne flutes and bar tools and buy anything else that you need.
Plan a menu that includes hors d’oeuvres, entrées, desserts, and champagne cocktails. (Choose recipes that allow for most of the food prep to be done in advance, so you’ll have a minimum of work to do the day of the party.)
Jot down a list of party favor ideas for guests.
2 weeks out
Review your menu and make a list of all ingredients.
Run through the recipes to identify all of the prep work that can be done ahead of time, and make a list of tasks to do the day of the party.
Begin creating a music playlist for the party – or, borrow from ours.
Decide on party favors, and make a list of any materials you’ll need to create them.
1 week out
Gather RSVPs and follow up with anyone who has not yet responded.
Shop for decorations, including candles, vases and place card holders.
Shop for party favor materials.
3 days out
Shop for ingredients for your menu.
Assemble, wrap and label party favors for each of your guests.
2 days out
Type up all of your New Year’s toasts, and use them to decorate the champagne flutes. (See How to Throw a New Year’s Eve Party for details.)
Review your timing for food prep the following day, and write out a clear schedule. Build in a little extra time to relax before guests arrive.
Begin food prep according to your schedule.
Set up for the party, including decorating, setting the table, arranging chairs, prepping the bar area, etc.
Prep last-minute food items according to your schedule.
Chill champagne or sparkling wine, and any other drinks that require it, at least 30 minutes in advance.
Light the candles.
Turn on your music, sip a drink, and get ready for a sparkling New Year’s Eve!