New Year’s Eve countdown
Make sure you see the New Year in without a hitch with our essential New Year’s Eve checklist…
One month beforehand
Decide on a venue and theme (if you want one) for your party.
Compose your guest list.
Plan the menu if you’re making a dinner party.
Send out your invitations.
Check out our table decoration perfect planner and buy decorations and favours.
Make arrangements for any items you’ll need to hire.
Hire a DJ or band if you’d like one.
One to two weeks beforehand
Finalise your guest count and chase up those who haven’t responded.
Compile your shopping list and buy non-perishable items — don’t forget Champagne as this is New Year’s Eve after all.
Check that you’ve got corkscrews and cameras and camcorders filled charged and full of film or tape.
Order any special flowers, meats, seafood, or other ingredients you’ll need.
Make as much food as possible in advance and freeze it.
Make mix tapes or CDs.
Two to three days beforehand
For house parties, clean the house and start to put up decorations.
Do your food shopping, checking that you have everything you need for recipes and snacks.
One day beforehand
Shop for last-minute items.
Make sure all the decorations are up.
If possible, arrange and set your table(s) and serving areas.
Prepare as many recipes and ingredients as possible – chop vegetables you’ll cook as part of a recipe — and thaw frozen items.
On the day
Prepare your foods and wash up as you go along.
Make sure all foods and beverages to be served cold are well chilled.
Put all the finishing touches on the meal and tables.
Put out binbags.
Set out snacks and nibbles, making sure perishable snacks are covered up until the last minute.
Get your music system ready and lined up with suitable music.
Switch on the radio or TV at two minutes to midnight so that everyone can hear Big Ben bring in the New Year!