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Elevate the Celebration: What to Bring to a New Year’s Eve Party

Last updated: March 27, 2024

Ever been to a party where everything seems perfect, but there’s just that tiny missing element to spice things up?

Or perhaps you’re on the quest to make your own party unforgettable? Well, you’re in the right place. This post is your golden ticket to making sure you bring exactly what you need to your next New Year’s Eve party.

That way the party goes from “just nice” to “absolutely epic.”

Here’s a sneak peek into what awaits:

  • Appetizer Ideas: Simplicity is key here. Pick foods that are easy to eat, and require very little cleanup.
  • Gifts for the Host: Think of gifts that the host can utilize during the party or even after.
  • Games: There’s no better way to elevate the spirit than introducing some fun group games tailored for adults.

So, buckle up! You’re about to learn exactly what you need to know to ensure that New Year’s Eve party is one to remember.

Why you should listen to me: Hi! Nick Gray here. I've hosted hundreds of parties, some even at significant museums. I was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and I was referred to as the host of "culturally significant" parties by New York Magazine.

Appetizer Ideas

Simplicity is key here.

You never want a party guest to have dirty fingers or be worried about getting germs from others.

Pick foods that are easy to eat, and require very little cleanup.

Here are the appetizers I recommend:

  • Baby carrots
  • Hummus
  • Guacamole
  • Chips
  • Salted Nuts
  • Cheese plate
  • Grapes

So, grab some or all of these appetizers, head to that New Year’s Eve party, and let the good times roll!

Thoughtful Gifts for Hosts

In the realm of gifting, traditional options such as wine or chocolates never go out of style, ensuring a delightful surprise for the host.

However, if you’re looking to leave a more personal touch, consider gifting personalized items.

These could range from customized coasters with the host’s initials to handcrafted mementos that capture shared memories. Beyond these, there’s a realm of practical gifts that are bound to be appreciated.

Think of gifts that the host can utilize during the party or even after. Think about wine, chocolate, or party games.

So, there you have it! Whether you’re munching on appetizers or pondering the perfect thank-you gift, remember that thoughtfulness and a touch of creativity always make a difference. Go on, be the life of the party or the guest everyone raves about! Cheers to fabulous parties and heartwarming gestures!

Games to Liven Up the Party

As the lights dim and the room fills with chatter, there’s no better way to elevate the spirit than introducing some fun group games tailored for adults.

These games promise laughter, some friendly competition, and moments that’ll be the talk for days. If your gathering involves guests who might be meeting for the first time, icebreaker activities become the bridge connecting unfamiliar faces.

From guessing games to fun trivia about fellow attendees, these activities are sure to melt away any initial awkwardness. And for those moments when you’re looking for spontaneous fun without the fuss, there are numerous games out there that demand minimal setup and materials.

All you need is an enthusiastic group ready for some fun!

Here are some of my favorite games:

  • Charades: An all-time classic. Get your best miming game on!
  • Pictionary: Draw it if you can! Teams compete to guess the word based on a teammate’s drawing. Artistic skills? Not necessary!
  • Two Truths and a Lie: Each person shares three statements about themselves: two truths and one lie. Others guess the lie. Great way to learn unexpected facts about people!
  • Who Am I?: Stick a name of a celebrity or known character on each person’s forehead. They ask yes/no questions to figure out who they are.
  • 20 Questions: One player thinks of an object, and the others have 20 questions to guess what it is.
  • Mafia: All you need are playing cards to assign roles. By night, the mafia eliminates someone. By day, the villagers try to find out who did it. Deception, strategy, and lots of fun!

Try one of these games at your next party!


Parties are meant to be remembered, and what’s a better way to create memories than with a good old game session?

Here’s a recap of this blog post:

  • Appetizer Ideas: Simplicity is key here. Pick foods that are easy to eat, and require very little cleanup.
  • Gifts for the Host: Think of gifts that the host can utilize during the party or even after.
  • Games: There’s no better way to elevate the spirit than introducing some fun group games tailored for adults.

Keep these games up your sleeve, and you’ll never have a dull party moment again. Cheers to laughter, friendly competition, and nights we wish would never end!

Do you want to learn how to UPGRADE your parties? Want to host an amazing event that is easy, fun, and has your guests begging for more? Do you want to make new friends, build big relationships, and boost your career? You can do all of that with a simple 2-Hour Cocktail Party. Check out the book that I wrote and download the first few chapters for free to see exactly how it works.

Send me an email with the date of your first party! I’d love to hold you accountable and answer any of your questions. My mission is to convince 500 different people to host their own cocktail party.


Have other questions that need an answer? Hopefully, these will help you.

What are the Best Group Games for Adults?

Adult parties can be livened up with group games like Charades, Pictionary, and Cards Against Humanity. These games not only engage everyone but also ensure a hearty laugh!

How can I Introduce Icebreaker Games for a Party Where Guests Don’t Know Each Other?

Icebreakers are perfect for such occasions. Start with simpler ones like “Two Truths and a Lie” or “Who Am I?” to help guests warm up to each other.

Are There Party Games That Require Minimal Setup?

Absolutely! Games like “20 Questions” or “Mafia” require just your group and maybe a deck of cards. They’re easy to set up, and you can play almost instantly.

Can Party Games be Adapted for Larger Groups?

Yes, many games like Charades or Mafia can be scaled up for larger groups. You might just need to tweak the rules a bit for smoother gameplay.

Do I Need to buy Special Equipment or Game Sets for These Games?

While there are commercial versions available for some games, many can be played with items you already have at home or even just with the participants. For instance, Pictionary can be played with just paper and pens!

What are Some Tips to Ensure Everyone Enjoys the Games?

Encourage participation but don’t force anyone. Keep a mix of games to cater to various preferences, and always remember that the main goal is to have fun and bond!

Are There Games Suitable for Outdoor Parties?

Certainly! Games like “Giant Jenga”, “Cornhole”, or even a lively “Sack Race” can be excellent choices for outdoor adult gatherings.

I’m Hosting a Themed Party. Any Game Suggestions?

Themed parties are a blast! Adapt traditional games to fit your theme. For instance, if it’s a ’70s theme, play “Name that ’70s Tune” or for a movie-themed night, try “Movie Trivia”.

How Long Should Each Game Last?

It varies, but most games can be played in 20-30 minutes. Be adaptive. If everyone’s enjoying, let it ride! If interest wanes, switch to a new game.

Where can I Find More Game Ideas for Adult Parties?

There are numerous online resources, blogs, and even apps dedicated to party games for adults. A quick search with relevant keywords will provide you with a treasure trove of ideas!

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About the author

Nick Gray is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and in a popular TEDx talk. He sold his last company Museum Hack in 2019. Today he’s an expert on networking events, small parties, and creating relationships. Read more about Nick Gray here.

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