New Year's Day

If you’re not too exhausted from the night before, or if you’ve attended a fete, but not had one, here are a few ideas for what to do on New Year’s Day.

New Year's "Hangover Cure" Brunch
There's nothing more fun than stuffing yourself on New Years Day and then laying down for a big sleep. Ahhhh. Your friends had a long night the night before and will think of you as a savior because they know what waits!

Send out a brunch theme invitation (or a champagne invitation!) or call and invite your favorite people to a Hangover Cure Brunch. You could even invite everyone in their pajamas!

Set up a great buffet with breakfast stuff: eggs/omelets, meats (sausage, bacon, Canadian bacon and others), potatoes, breads, cream cheeses and jellies. Add some lunch stuff, too: roast beef and turkey on egg rolls, salads, Jell-O molds and more. The more food, the merrier. The more people the better.

You'll also need a juice bar: tomato, orange and others. Add a touch of this or that for those who are really fighting their hangovers! And maybe even consider serving mimosas (orange juice and champagne), if you really like these people.

Use paper goods so there's nothing to clean up, and pat yourself on the back for having a good old-fashioned food feast!

New Years Day Open House
So, you want to see your friends, and last night you were busy at someone else's party, dancing the night away in a hotel ballroom or visiting your favorite club. An open house is a great way to do it.

If I were you, I'd stick to desserts (who know, your guests may be coming to your Open House from their best friend's brunch!). Holiday cookies, eggnog, gourmet coffees and teas, fun stuff like chocolate coal, cinnamon sticks, chocolate coffee spoons, sugared tea spoons and more. Go to a local gourmet shop and look at the fabulous stuff they have. The packaging is so cool, you can use it to decorate!

The most you need for decorations is maybe a New Year's banner and some New Year's paper goods. Concentrate on the food.

New Years Day Football Party
Everyone loves to watch football, so plan a football party for New Years day. Set out bar food - nachos, hot pretzels, chili, and more. Make room on the couch and you're set. For some great ideas for decorating and things to do, go to our football theme.

New Years Do Good Day
After a night of merriment and fun, spend New Years Day giving back to your local community. Gather some friends and volunteer. It's a perfect way to start the year. Here are a just few ideas:
  • Serve food at a local soup kitchen
  • Visit residents at a nursing homes
  • Walk dogs at an animal shelter or play with the kittens.
No matter how you spend the day, spend it with family and friends and it will surely start your year off right!
new year's day shopping party
Get all your friends together and have a shopping party! And at the end of the day, over dinner, compare what you bought, the bargains you found--a kind of show and tell!
Start the shopping day at 1 p.m. or so. End it in time to meet for dinner. Make it a "progressive" shopping trip. You know, like a progressive dinner but better yet.

Since this is really a “mobile” party, you probably won’t have a lot of traditional decorations, but a fun party favor is a great idea. Matching custom t-shirts? An eco-friendly shopping bag? A fun change purse? Any of these will be appreciated!