The hustle and bustle of the holiday season means New Year’s Eve plans are often left to the last minute. Planning the 11th-hour party can feel like a race against the clock–it’s the final countdown, after all. But it’s really never too late to plan the last party of the year. These low-fuss party tricks will help you ring in the New Year with a bang.

Take RSVPs electronically

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Skip the tangly web of text threads and email chains in favour of e-invitations. Summon guests in style with customizable paperless postcards. Start the countdown to the countdown with a Midnight Clock e-vite. Or use a Flyer event page to tell invitees you’re putting on the Ritz–ideal for friends who aren’t on Facebook. These e-vites show guests you’re already so 2019 and make tracking RSVPs a cinch.

Call the caterer

a food platter filled with cheese, olives and meats
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A last-minute New Year’s Eve bash is a great excuse to call up the local caterer or order in. But if you plan to provide provisions yourself, focus on small bites and finger foods. Think crudités, cheese boards and charcuterie spreads. Or jazz up an easy classic, like popcorn, by tossing it with spices, herbs or a splash of truffle oil. New Year’s Eve is all about grazing and midnight snacks.

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Bring your own bubbly

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Add BYOB to your invitations with a bubbly twist. Ask your guests to pick up champagne or other sparkling bevvies of their choice to clink at the countdown toast. That saves you the task of having to lug who-knows-how-many bottles across town last minute. All you have to do is put them on ice.

Prep a playlist

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Outsource DJ duty with a curated playlist from your favourite streaming platform. May we suggest Post Malone’s hand-selected picks for the occasion, or Time Out’s on-theme final countdown soundtrack. Or sync up this YouTube NYE Dance Party Playlist with your TV to screen videos along with the tunes. Your only job is to switch to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (with Ryan Seacrest) and queue up Auld Land Syne in time for the ball drop.

New Year's eve ball drop in Times Square, New York
New Year’s eve ball drop in Times Square, New York

Deck the halls… resourcefully

people celebrating New Year's eve with champagne and sparklers

Our holiday décor has to come down anyway, so why not repurpose your boughs of holly for a last hurrah before they’re boxed for another year? String lights from the tree around the room or over window frames. Hang ball ornaments from the ceiling. Just do yourself a party favour and avoid all that glitters: sparkle hangovers are the worst. Instead, add some razzle-dazzle with indoor sparklers.

Seal it with a breath mint

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Pick up a pack of mints to leave in a bowl on your snack table. That way guests can discreetly sneak one in before their midnight kiss for a fresh start to the year.

Line up the rides

three taxi cabs lined up outside a building

All hosts and hostesses should make sure their guests have a safe way to get home. Grab business cards for local taxi companies to keep on hand, download rideshare apps, or scope out volunteer services like Operation Red Nose.


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