Now Christmas has come to an end it’s time to celebrate the next big date in your diary and welcome the New Year in with style. New Year's Eve is the perfect occasion for a dinner party and a chance for you to wow your guests with your beautiful home and amazing hosting skills.
Here are our top picks for hosting the perfect New Year’s Eve dinner party.
It’s no secret that kitchens are usually the hotspot when entertaining guests and a New Year’s soiree shouldn’t be any different. As your guests arrive, drinks in the kitchen will ensue, and this is where having a built in wine cooler is worth its weight in gold. Depending on your kitchen layout, you can utilise your surface areas for a dedicated drinks space. Create your very own cocktail and prosecco bar with buckets of ice for bubbles. Or if you have a larger open-plan kitchen with an island, this is the perfect spot for your bar, so everyone can see what’s on offer and keep themselves topped up, saving you another job.
Make your New Year’s Eve dinner party even more special with little finishing touches to get everyone excited for an evening of sophistication to remember. If you’re planning on having a theme for your dinner table, why not continue the Christmas spirit with a holly and berry centrepiece. Or if you have a solid wood dining table to show off, create a sophisticated look with a lace table runner and simple glass vases filled with gypsophila and green-leafed stems.
For a rustic look, use natural hessian as your tablecloth, scatter green leaves and repurpose your brown glass bottles as simple but effective vases. For an extra personal touch, make your guests their very own place setting keepsakes with simple sprigs of rosemary and lavender tied with a handwritten name tag.
Scent can be a detail just as important as décor; set the scene and light candles throughout your home with soft, fresh scents. Tealights on your dining table can also add to the ambience, if you have a dimmer light, keep it low and create a warm hue from the candle flames.
People eat with their eyes; presentation can transform a dish into something very special and can be a great talking point. For something a little different serve up your canapés on a tiered cake stand, while guests delight in pre-dinner drinks.
For dinner itself, preparation is essential when hosting a dinner party. Opt for recipes that allow you to do most of the cooking ahead of your guest's arrival; slow cookers can be brilliant for time saving and delicious dishes. This way you can enjoy your evening and not miss any of the fun. Be sure you’re aware of all dietary requirements too, so there are no surprises on the night.
After a month of mince pies and Christmas pudding, why not give your guests a savoury alternative and finish their dining experience with a cheeseboard? Have a selection of cheeses both local and continental, for a little sweetness pair with homemade onion chutney and an assortment of frozen red and green grapes.
Another lovely little touch is to invest in a Polaroid or Instax camera to capture some precious candid moments throughout the evening. Set up a photo-op space within your entertainment area, a collection of fun New Year’s themed props will encourage guests to get snap-happy. With the instant photos, you can create a New Year’s Eve photo board where you and guests can share your favourite pictures from the evening.
This display board from John Lewis is perfect for your photo display, complete with little clips to attach your pictures; you could even add some sparkle by threading fairy lights through the poles.
If you really want to push the boat out, give your guests a night to remember with a little surprise at midnight. When the clock strikes 12, pop open the bubbly and take your guests into the garden for a firework display and sparklers. The perfect end to the ultimate New Year Eve dinner party.