This is going to be a New Year’s Eve like no other! And while things are going to be much different than what we may have anticipated – there are ways to celebrate ends and welcome new beginnings with everyone staying as safe as possible.
The best and safest way to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020 is to do so with those who have been living in their own bubbles all this while. And virtually with those who haven’t with a bit of help from video calls.
So with a bit of help from the craft curators and creative team at WorldArtCommunity let’s get this party started!
Create the right Ambience:
Stay Safe – Don’t forget to have a selection of fresh masks ready ( funky and party themed ones if possible) and a sanitiser station at your entrance or in your foyer.
Half the job is done when you light up a space with great mood lighting. Play with votives, string lights, candles and discover the power of ambient lighting. Scatter scented candles of different heights and sizes throughout your space, float them in bowls or urlis, add on flowers around them near the food areas, coffee tables and corners. And watch your home come alive.
Give your party a twist by asking your guests to express their sentiments and emotions about the New Year. Place jars with lids all around your space in different corners and ask your guests to write their wishes on a small piece of paper to be read out at the right time. Get earthy terracotta bowls or traditional wooden boxes with carvings, or keep it classy with a transparent glass jar. The emotions and words can flow freely!
Get the Food and Drink Organised
Set up a Spirited Bar:
Serve everybody’s favourite drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic and set up an exclusive drink bar with quirky bar tools, glasses, fun sayings, water/ punch jugs or pitchers and keep salt and lemon handy for when things go south. But here’s the twist. Either let just one person be the “safe” bartender throughout. Or let guests mix their own drinks one by one. Also get guests to label their glasses with stick on labels or use fresh glasses when having another drink to ensure no accidental sharing.
Eat Small. Eat Safe :
The fun of a gathering is that despite the heavier meals, people prefer small bites and opt for finger foods to go with their drinks. Serve and style up your food table with artisanal and handcrafted platters leaving guests asking for more.
Ensure you wear a mask while prepping and serving food. Follow a strict hand washing protocol before and after cooking and especially when using raw foods. Serve individually portioned food platters for each guest and ditch buffet style eating. Or even give out individual food boxes! No one will mind!
Keep it Sweet :
In every group there is always someone who’s got a sweet tooth so spread out little dishes and platters containing individually packed snacks and sweets for quick and easy munching. Also, cake cutting is a tradition across all cultures. Display a symbol of celebration and new beginnings – a glamorous cake on a statement cake stand as the high point of your celebrations!
Let’s make Memories
Depending upon your guests’ tastes- handover unique handcrafted gifts as they head back home from the evening. Customised gifts are always close to one’s heart, like date inscribed keychains and frames, names on notepads and wall plates. For the bookworms, a wire bookmark in the form of their name. The list can keep going on and on..
Personalised Photo Frames:
Ensure everyone carries back their memories of this extra special evening – use your selfie corner to capture images with the help of a polaroid camera. Keep personalised frames handy and insert printed photos into them. Set up a display of these photo prints and let your guests pick theirs up as they leave!
The most important part of any party is fun. In a safe and socially distanced fashion. Have a good time and embrace the chill in the air while sipping a glass of your favourite tipple and reminisce about all that has gone by and look forward to all that is yet to come.