While in previous years many of us would have gone out to celebrate the dawn of a New Year, this time around a lot of us will be hosting a party at home instead.
Being able to sit around a table full of festive food and share laughter and stories with our nearest and dearest is surely one of the most wonderful ways to ring in the New Year.
However, if you’ve never played the host before and are feeling a little nervous, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Read on for our top tips on how to host a party at home for a truly unforgettable New Year celebration!
How to organise a party at home
First things first, of course, is to sort out the guest list! Prepare a list of who you’d like to come and send out invitations in advance, so people have plenty of time to RSVP and you can get a good idea of how many will be attending.
The next thing to do is decide if you want any particular theme or colour scheme, as this will have a big impact on the kind of decor, and perhaps even the type of food, you serve at your party.
How to set up your house for a party
Once your guest list and theme has been decided, now it’s time to focus on the day of the party itself, and how to set up your home. Arranging furniture for a party can seem tricky, but actually, it’s very easy once you get the hang of it.
For instance, if you have a breakfast bar or a kitchen island, you can make good use of this feature by laying out your party food buffet-style. You can then set plates and cutlery alongside the platters so people can help themselves.
Set up a separate drinks station on a sideboard, either in the kitchen or in the lounge, and serve people from there. Alternatively, let them help themselves to whatever tipple they prefer whenever they need a top-up.
If you don’t already have a sideboard, don’t miss out on our impressive selection of elegantly understated pieces from our Georgian-inspired Florence range. Our Florence sideboard with wine rack is particularly handy for parties, as you can store your bottles of wine and champagne within easy reach!
How to decorate a table for a party
If you would prefer to have all your guests seated to enjoy your party food, make good use of a handy, extendable dining table from our Florence range. Extendable tables are highly practical, as you can alter their shape to accommodate however many guests you have invited, allowing everyone to be seated comfortably.
Lay out a pretty table cloth on the table in the colours you’ve chosen for your party. For extra wow factor, you can also decorate your table with fresh flowers and napkins in a matching shade too. For a touch of sparkle, sprinkle the table cloth with confetti or glitter and add some tealights or elegant tapers to cast a warm glow on the faces of your guests.
Now that everything is prepared, it’s time to get glammed up, sip a glass of champagne, and welcome in the New Year in grand style with your loved ones!
Find the perfect furniture for parties – or any special occasion!
Having attractive, practical and hard-wearing furniture gives you plenty of options when it comes to organising parties and celebrating special occasions at home.
Browse our entire Florence range and our other eye-catching collections online or give us a ring on 01989 763343 to learn more and to arrange delivery before the end of the year. Alternatively, you can send an email to [email protected], and one of our friendly team will be happy to advise you!
From all of us here at furniture.co.uk, we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!