Drawing in crowds of up to 250,000 people, London’s annual celebration is one of the year’s most sought-after event
Every year on the 31st December, one billion people across the globe watch the New Year’s Eve celebrations live on TV. Why miss the atmosphere when you can experience these celebrations first hand?
Drawing in crowds of up to 250,000 people, London’s annual celebration is one of the year’s most sought-after events. Fireworks, global superstars and glamorous parties, it’s no wonder people flock to this city each year to be a part of this experience!
At home or in a venue, with our guidance on how to plan a knockout New Year’s Eve Party in the capital, you’ll be hosting year after year!
GUEST LIST AND INVITATIONS
You will need to draw up your guest list with plenty of time to spare. The top venues and parties will sell out months in advance. Pre-empt your guests and invite them to your celebration plans before they have a chance to book their own.
Paper invitations may offer an element of personalisation, but there is no need for these costly novelties. Paperless post, Facebook or WhatsApp group chats and emails are efficient and easy ways to invite your friends whilst saving money.
They provide the added benefit of allowing your invitees to converse with each other and form a connection before the big night.
THEMING AND DRESS CODE
Play it safe with regular clothes or go wild with fancy-dress; whatever you decide establish a dress code for your guests. It will bring clarity and organisation to the evening with everyone being on the same page.
For a truly memorable night add a theme to the space. It can be as elaborate as an underwater palace or as subtle as winter glitz and glamour. Immersing your guests in a different world will bring magic and excitement to the night. So much so that you won’t want it to stop!
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Provide dishes that are obvious crowds pleasers and keep the drinks flowing. Simple but certainly effective, this is the core to any successful event.
With the excitement of the evening sometimes being overpowering, keep to what you know regarding the catering. Canapes and bowl food are perfect for an occasion such as this as they do not restrict your guests to a table whilst still being filling.
Opposite to the catering, most of your guests will be focused on the beverages. Get creative and design your own cocktail or set up a drinks station for people to ‘pimp’ their own prosecco or gin.
ENTERTAINMENT AND FIREWORKS
The number one rule to the perfect New Year’s Eve party is outstanding entertainment.
Go crazy with entertainment acts like contortionists or stilt walkers to surprise your guests. However, you cannot go wrong with a live band or DJ; both guarantee that everyone will be energised until the early hours of the morning.
Either way, choose the correct entertainment for your audience demographic.
Additionally, fireworks are a New Year’s Eve tradition which you should certainly partake in. Watch the 10,000 fireworks light up the sky at the London Eye or buy your own.
To guarantee the hottest views in the city you will need to secure tickets early. Alternatively, attend an exclusive party which provides access as part of the ticket, as we do at our New Year’s Eve venue.
TRANSPORT AND GETTING HOME
Do not let the fun of catering and party games hog all your attention. The practicalities of getting home safely and easily should also be a high priority.
If you decide upon a venue, then ensure that it is connected by efficient transport links. Remember, transport in London is free on New Year’s Eve! Alternatively, if the party is at your house pre-book taxis for your guests to allow for a smooth transition home.
Put their comfort first and you can’t go wrong.