Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash Inspired by Your Favorite Romance Novels
Looking for inspiration for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration? You’ll find it in your favorite romance novel!
From an elegant dinner party fit for a royal to a casual tailgate for all your friends, these tips will help you ring in the New Year with the party of the decade.
Roaring Twenties Party
From 1920 to 2020, celebrate the new gilded age with a Gatsby-inspired prohibition-era party. Encourage guests to dress in their favorite ’20s style—gangsters, gun molls, flappers and starlets all welcome at this speakeasy!
A young woman arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a silver-screen sensation, and finds an unlikely ally in a cynical lawyer who tries to protect her from harm on the road to stardom—while protecting his own heart from his growing feelings.
The food: Elegant finger foods including oysters, shrimp cocktail and truffles. Serve mocktails as a nod to prohibition and non-drinking guests, and create your own version of bathtub gin or hooch to toast the New Year.
Family Fun Skating Party
New Year’s Eve can be all about family! An activity like skating or sledding brings everyone together and makes for a memorable way to end the year. Bonus: you’ll tire the kids out so you can enjoy a quiet romantic moment when the ball drops.
When a rancher with a rocky past unexpectedly becomes the guardian of a little boy, he is ready to offer the love and security he found in his own adopted family. And when the woman he has always admired steps up to help, a new family could be forming just in time for the holidays.
The food: Set up a table of winter-worthy snacks near the bonfire with boxes of popcorn, a s’mores station, and carafes full of hot chocolate and apple cider.
All-Night Dance Party
Put on something sparkly and get ready to ring in the New Year on the dance floor! Keep the tunes cranked and the beverages flowing as you throw the party of the decade. Bonus points for finding a friend to work the turntable, but it’s easy to DIY the DJ duties.
This contemporary romance features EDM DJ Velvet Kendall as she works to achieve her dream of becoming the headliner at an upcoming music festival. But as she grows closer to an icon of the scene—somebody who has experienced the highs and the lows of the business—Velvet must decide how much of herself she can give when music is her first love.
The food: A high-energy party needs high-energy finger food to keep your guests going so offer things like sliders, cupcakes, cheese sticks and a signature cocktail made with a sports-aid drink—you know, to keep your electrolytes in balance.
If your squad is full of sports fans, this party is for you. Camp it up by suggesting sports-themed costumes, such as athletes and cheerleaders, coaches and over-the-top fans. Put your favorite sports moments on a looped video and make it an indoor-outdoor party with food served—where else?—off the back of a truck, if you can.
When a former star athlete returns home after a terrible injury that sidelines his professional career, he must face the mistakes he made and the people he hurt along the way. For someone used to victory, it won’t be an easy task, but redemption and a second chance at love may be waiting.
The food: Gameday food is a must—big bowls of chili, wings, hot pretzels, cold beer, and platters of veggies and dips will keep your guests fueled up all night.
Fancy Dress Ball
Who doesn’t like an excuse to dress up? Channel your inner aristocrat and create a fun but elegant evening worthy of your finest duds. Tell your guests to pick an era, any era, and don their regal best!
When Prince Sebastian of Alucia’s personal secretary is murdered during a visit to London, commoner Eliza Tricklebank receives an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting her to become an amateur detective. But when the prince insists on helping, his interest soon has much to do with spending time with Eliza. How tongues will wag!
The food: A sit-down dinner is a must—you can’t expect guests to eat finger food in evening gloves! Set the table with the good dishes, candles and flowers and indulge in rich and delicious foods like lobster bisque, beef Wellington and plenty of champagne.
How will you be ringing in the new year? Let us know in the comments below!