Last night Richie and I co-hosted a New Year's Eve party with our good friends, the Morgans, that live in our same building. And after last night I've decided that I'm never hosting a party alone again. Having another couple help out made setup, cleaning, and cooking so much easier, especially since they just live downstairs and could go grab things that I forgot.
If any of you have ever been to one of our parties or done anything with me, you know I'm a planner. I'm okay going to a party that is just people hanging out but I like to be creative and throw in a couple of small things to make the party more memorable. So when we decided to throw this party I started searching the internet for New Year's Eve party ideas for adults. And there were a couple of things out there but most of them were types of drinking games or other things I didn't think were appropriate for our group. So using things I've seen on Pinterest as inspiration, I planned the party on my own. And hopefully the next person that Googles New Year's Eve Party games for adults can get ideas from our party.
Each box was based on a theme and contained three different things - the theme, a game/activity, and a prize. The 9:00 box was all about the past year with the theme "We Were There." The game was 2011 events and pop culture trivia and the prize was movie tickets. It was pretty entertaining to see how frustrated people got when they couldn't remember things like who won the Super Bowl. I was pretty impressed, out of 31 total points possible the winner got 21 correctly. You can download our trivia game here.
The 10:00 box theme was New Year's Resolutions and looking forward to 2012. The game was to match celebrities to their 2012 New Year's resolutions. Luckily enough there were a number of articles with resolutions for the stars. This one was pretty fun because it was really just everyone guessing to see if they could come up with the right answers AND some of the stars' resolutions were hilarious. My favorite was Rob Kardashian's resolution to launch his new dress-sock line successfully in 2012. What was even better was that the winner of this game got 8 out of 11 resolutions correct by sheer guessing. He won a $12 Panera gift card for his efforts. You can download this game here.
The final 11:00 box's theme was celebrate. It was filled with noisemakers and toys for celebrating the new year. There wasn't really a game associated with the theme other than one of the noisemakers had a lucky sticker on it (I didn't tell anyone while they were choosing). The person who picked the lucky noisemaker won a $12 Target gift card because who doesn't love Target. The best noisemaker of the night, however, was the conch shell brought by our friend Ryan.
And finally for the midnight celebration we broke out the sparkling juice - red grape, white grape, and apple cider - with fake plastic champagne cups. Because plastic champagne cups makes drinking sparkling juice way more fun.
We also had this really good cowboy chip dip, buffalo chicken dip (so easy), and everyone else brought either a sweet or salty snack to share. So yes, we had plenty of food. Email me for any of the recipes.
And that's it. The party was completely planned, shopped for, setup, thrown, and cleaned up in less than 48 hours. Everything was fairly simple, and that's how I think parties should be, but it all came together really well and everyone had a blast (I hope).
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