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8 Tips for Bringing a Date to a NYE Party

8 Tips for Bringing a Date to a NYE Party

Lizzie Post helps make the holiday romantic

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Follow these rules and you may just get a kiss at midnight

On New Year’s Eve, there is somewhat of a magic that fills the air. Crowds are buzzing with anticipation, people are excitedly filled with hope for the New Year, and all the single folks are hoping to kiss someone at midnight. If you think about it, New Year’s Eve is sort of a romantic holiday. All of the glitters and sparkles and celebration make for the perfect backdrop for romance to blossom. So if you happen to be pursuing a special someone, this could be the perfect setting to impress your date!

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But dating, especially dating someone new, isn’t easy. And with the pressures that come with most holidays looming in the air it may seem like a little “too much” to take a date out on a night of New Year’s Eve partying. While it may be romantic it also has the potential to be dramatic and if you are trying to impress a new certain someone, you may be hesitant to bring a date out on a night like this. But fear not potential love birds Lizzie Post, the mistress of mastering etiquette, is here to help.

With helpful tips on what kind of party to bring your date to and how to manage the midnight kiss, Post’s advice is a lifesaver for anyone looking to court. To make sure that your date ends successfully, follow her helpful tips and ring in the New Year with a whole new set of prospects!


Pork is deep-fried twice to make it extra crispy, then stir-fried with pineapple and green bell peppers in a sweet and sour sauce.

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10 New Year's Eve Hosting Tips to Steal From Interior Designers

Usually, the last party of the year is pretty easy to plan: Blow up a few balloons, dress in your holiday best, then pop corks off of bottles for the rest of the night. But if you want your gathering to go down in New Year's Eve history, try the ideas our go-to interior designers use at their own bashes.

Sure, it might seem silly, but festive hats, necklaces and blowers serve as excellent ice breakers if your group isn't close-knit. "Give them out to guests as they arrive," says designer Ryland Witt Witt.

If you're hosting a formal dinner, it's easy to put Mr. and Mrs. side by side &mdash but designer Amy Berry says to resist the temptation. "It keeps the conversation more interesting! " she says.

Drink your best bottle of wine, use your formal china and real silver, and dress to the nines, says CeCe Barfield Thompson of CeCe Barfield Inc: "This is the night to set the tone for the year to come, so don't hold back."

Clearly, champagne is a must. Beyond that, designer Sara Gilbane says it's up to you to come up with something extra festive. "I'm really feeling white feathers right now and would go for an all-out-white theme with lots of texture," she says.

"If you have a tub on your first floor, fill it up with ice and tons of bottles of champagne," says designer Sam Allen. Another super simple idea? Drop festive straws into your flutes.

The key is never letting the evening get too formal &ndash or too casual. "There's nothing that delights me more than seeing a room full of gentlemen in tuxedos playing Twister," says designer Scot Meacham Wood. "It makes for a memorable way to greet the new year!"

It can be a struggle keeping everyone entertained until after midnight, but it's one of the most important parts. "We often will put on a movie &mdash or even play board games &mdash anything that keeps your entire company delighted until well after midnight," Wood says.

It's the pinnacle part of the evening, after all. "You might want to have paper lanterns that you can set off at midnight," says designer Lisa Staprans. And it's always a good idea to have lots of flowers, candles, and silver and white balloons to set a celebratory mood.

"I always find it better to serve a series of small appetizers over the course of the evening and try to avoid serving anything that requires too much last-minute preparations," says Wood. This way, you can enjoy your guests, instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

Sarah Vaile of Sarah Whit Interior Design says her most important advice is simple: "Never let your guests' drinks go empty!" Done and done.


60 Best New Year's Eve Appetizers That'll Keep You Going All Night

Like everything else this year, your New Year's Eve party may look a little different than it did in years past. But just because you may not have a huge indoor get-together, doesn't mean you can't follow New Year's tradition and serve a (slightly smaller) sumptuous spread. Whether you're able to close out the year in person with a few friends and family in your pod, or are stuck doing it virtually over zoom, it's a time to celebrate.

So make that playlist of New Year's songs and put up the New Year decorations, then put together that delicious New Year's Eve food menu and add all the tasty finger foods you can. Because that's what New Year's Eve is about. Well, that and the New Year's cocktails, of course.

Who could resist a hot pot of fondue, or an herbed cheese ball packed with creamy deliciousness&mdashespecially on a chilly winter night? How about a chic tomato galette or homemade crackers shaped like holly? Make a few of the dishes to munch on while Zoom-calling friends and family, or to keep you going until the ball drops. The best New Year's Eve appetizers don't need to be over-the-top complicated or take a ton of time to make, and these check both of those boxes&mdashand they're gorgeous to boot. See what pleases your palate below, and prepare to whip up an Instagram-worthy party spread.


The countdown to a New Year includes this celebratory cake infused with the sparkling essence of champagne.

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8 Tips for Taking Your Holiday Feast Outdoors

Because we all need (safe) celebration more than ever this year.

The holidays will look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean they are any less special. And really, if this year has taught us anything, it’s that we need to treasure time with family and friends more than ever—virtually or otherwise. While the CDC recommends only hosting an indoor celebration with the people that live in your household, taking your holiday feast outside offers a whole new world of possibilities and, yes, challenges. Read on for a few easy ways to ensure that your outdoor Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any other holiday meal is as safe, comfortable, and celebratory as possible.

The number one issue hosts of outdoor feasts will face this holiday season is keeping diners warm. Staying cozy will be the key to a successful evening where people are able to relax (rather than rush) through a chilly meal, so it’s worth investing a little bit of time and money to get the right tools. You can rent tall space heaters from an event company or even buy a few “patio-style” heaters if you plan on hosting a few outdoor events. Depending on your level of investment and amount of space you have, another fantastic option is a portable outdoor fire pit. Guests can sit around the fire to have a pre-dinner cocktail or for post-meal coffee and dessert. S’mores, anyone?

A hot, boozy drink on a cold night is one of the greatest joys of the cooler months, and there are plenty of festive recipes to help you create the mood for your holiday feast. Try swapping out pre-dinner champagne or cocktails for spicy mulled wine or mulled wine with cranberries, hot buttered rum, or a hot toddy.


10 Tips to Simplify Your Party Planning

Have an impossible to-do list? We hear you. That's why we're here to help.

1. START PLANNING ASAP.

And focus on these three things: the date, the venue, and the guest list. You&aposll need to make a decision on these items before you send out invitations. How many people do you plan to invite? Choose a venue that could accommodate everyone if they said they could attend. Some venues book nearly a year in advance and fill up fast, so the sooner you can get that call in to reserve your date, the less stressful it will be when it comes time to start planning the details for the party.

2. INCLUDE THE R.S.V.P.

And don&apost hesitate to follow up with your guests! For larger parties and parties in which your guests might have to make extensive travel arrangements, it&aposs best to invite your guests as far in advance as you can. You want most of your guests to be able to come, so make it easier on them and on yourself by inviting them early. This also gives you an idea as to who will (or won&apost) be attending.

3. CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR ALL OF YOUR TASKS.

The food? The decorations? The shopping list? The day-of prep? Create a timeline to complete your party-planning so that you know what needs to be done and when, and then stick to it. Make sure to check off each item as completed. That way, you&aposll be able to see what has been done and what tasks still need to be prioritized at a glance.

4. ENLIST HELP.

Ask friends or family if they&aposd like to help you get things ready for the party. You can have someone help you with the shopping or cooking. Another person can help with decorating. Are you making party favors? Enlist your crafty friend to help you get those ready for the party. If you&aposre throwing a potluck, ask guests to bring their favorite dish. If you&aposre hosting a cocktail party, ask to borrow barware and serving glasses. Delegating tasks will help to lower your party-planning stress and get more things done more efficiently. Not to mention, mixing and matching talents lends to everyone feeling more neighborly with each other.


65+ Best Dinner and Party Foods to Celebrate New Year's Eve

Whether you're hoping to gather with a bevy of friends for a traditional New Year&rsquos Eve party, or are planning a more intimate evening, ringing in 2021 with just a few close family members, you'll want to mark the final day of this tumultuous year with a good meal. And that mean some delicious mains, some tasty side dishes, a few appetizers and snacks, and of course a cocktail or two, both to send off the old year and to toast to whatever 2021 has to bring. To help you decide what to make, we've put together this list of five dozen of our favorite dishes, all of which are both elegant and easy to make, so you can feel comfortable making these for a crow, or even for just yourself and a friend.

Our spread of New Year's Eve food includes the best New Year's Eve appetizers that will kick the night off right, like colorful cheese balls and bruschetta. Delicious main courses will steal the show, such as citrus roasted salmon or pork chops with bourbon-molasses glaze, with sides of mashed potatoes, roasted squash, or grilled artichokes. Wow your guests with our holiday desserts and make sure everyone has a bubbly New Year's cocktail in hand to make a toast.

Set the tone for your New Year's Eve dinner even further by making a playlist with some of the best New Year&rsquos Eve songs or playing a game. The only thing left to do will be to count down to 2020 by watching the New Year's Eve ball drop&mdashmaybe with a second piece of pie.


30 Best New Year&rsquos Eve Party Ideas to Kick off 2021 From Home

Everyone has their fondest New Year's traditions to look forward to each December. The holiday offers the perfect chance to reflect on the past year and prepare for the year ahead (these New Year's quotes are a great way to do so!) while gathering with your favorite people. Even though your usual New Year's Eve party plans likely have to be altered this year, you can still keep the spirit of the holiday alive while at home. Whether it's you and your roommates, your partner, or your family celebrating at home to ring in 2021, these best New Year's Eve party ideas will make the evening one to remember.

Ree and Ladd Drummond had never thrown a NYE party until last year&mdashand it looked like a blast! There are still so many ways to enjoy the evening, even if it's a more intimate affair. Whether it's playing games, cooking a delicious dinner, or creating the ultimate picture backdrop (don't forget the clever NYE Instagram captions!), ahead you'll find more than a few ways to make the most of the last night of 2020.


25 Dinner Party Do's and Don'ts for a Host or Hostess

A successful dinner party is one of the greatest achievements the home chef can claim. Sure, entertaining can be stressful, but don't let that stop you. These 25 rules will help guarantee your success:

DON'T attempt a maiden voyage. It might seem like a good idea to try a new recipe for your guests, but there are few things sadder than realizing that the pork was supposed to have been butterflied by a butcher or rest for four hours. 45 minutes before guests arrive.

DO make as much as far in advance as you can. Even if you're a daredevil. Think of how precious those moments are before the doorbell rings. You can catch the cats and lock them in the bedroom, you can pour yourself a glass of wine, you can remember to tell your partner not to mention that thing to that guest.

DO read the ingredient list and directions thoroughly. So you've made this chicken 25 times? It's still a good idea to remind yourself of its specifics--like the fresh parsley you forgot to buy.

DO practice " mise en place ." Have all the ingredients out and ready to go before you start cooking. This is a great way to discover you are short on ginger in time to buy more.

DO start cooking a little earlier than you think you should. People are happy to wait on dinner. but not until 10:30. Unless you live in Madrid.

DO take your guests' dietary restrictions into consideration. Although your lamb and eggplant shepherd's pie will be amazing, it will limit your vegetarian, non-nightshade-eating friends to salad and wine.

DON'T go crazy worrying about guests' dietary restrictions. Despite what we just said, you are their host, not their nutritionist. Special meals do not need to be prepared for each guest just make sure there are options.

DON'T apologize for the food. The roast is a little more done than youɽ like? So what? Own it. No one has ever left a dinner party thinking, "I wish heɽ said he was sorry for the asparagus being oversauced." If anyone has, find out who and don't invite him or her back.

DO make a playlist. Background music makes things all the more festive.

DON'T make it too loud. No one wants to shout over music, even if it's a great remix of Bon Iver. Especially if it's a great remix of Bon Iver.

DO use cloth napkins. It's a dinner party. You can go back to paper towels and balancing a bowl of quinoa on your lap the night after.

DON'T rely too heavily on your guests. Sure, they asked if they could bring something, but people have been known to forget things at home or be late. If it's an essential item, like ice for the cocktails, you don't want to be left in the lurch.

DO consider seating. If you've invited eight or fewer guests, allow them to seat themselves with more than eight, be prepared to give direction, if not place cards. Yes, place cards.

DON'T invite all strangers. It might be tempting to introduce all your favorite friends to each other, but if you are the only thing they have in common, the evening might feel more like a mixer than a proper dinner party. Take a note from recipes: Add new elements a little bit at a time.

DO sit down. Plan the menu and the serving of it so you're able to enjoy the meal too. You deserve a chance to eat, but also no one wants to be at a dinner party where the host spends most of the evening urging people to eat while he or she stirs something on the stove.

DON'T pry. If someone says "no thanks" to something you are offering, don't offer reassurance that it's not too caloric or boozy and insist that the person have some. You don't want to force your guests into revealing that they're dieting/pregnant/newly sober.

DO light some candles. Atmosphere! It's what makes a dinner party a party. Your tablescape doesn't have to be over-the-top, but it should look nice. Candles are inexpensive, readily available, and a great place to start.

DO put out salt and pepper. Even if you're serving Sichuan food. Even if you're sure your food doesn't need it. It's just courteous.

DO accept some help--if you want it. This is personal: Some people don't want guests to see behind the curtain or the kitchen door. If you don't mind your guests knowing you don't work clean, then let them clear the table.

DON'T let the guests do dishes--unless they're related to you or they're compulsive. If they are neither, you might be calling their bluff on an empty offer, and then you've made your guest use your ratty sponge, which is not a very gracious experience.

DO serve dessert. Whether it's a beautiful fruit platter, something store-bought (or homemade), or a cheese platter with dried fruit, dessert is a good way to signal that the meal is over and you're on to the next part of the party.

DO think about dessert being served away from the table. It's nice to move to another seating area for coffee and dessert. Just be prepared for people to hunker down. Dinner party guests have been known to linger--especially if the couches are nice and there are unopened bottles of wine.

DO manage your expectations. Not everything will be perfect. Maybe you were planning a sophisticated evening, and then someone found your laptop and started sharing YouTube videos. Go with the flow. Depending on the videos, you can reassess your friendship with that person.

DON'T write thank-you notes. A host(ess) gift is a thank-you. But if you were given something more than wine (a candle, a plant, a hemp grocery bag), you could dash off an e-mail letting your guest know how much you enjoyed his or her company and the thoughtful whatever-it-was.

DO start the cleanup before bed. Even if you overindulged. That Dutch oven will look even worse in the light of day. And you'll be so happy to wake up to a clean kitchen. After all, that's what dinner parties are about: good times.

Bridget Moloney is a writer, blogger and crackerjack home entertainer living in Los Angeles. You can find more of her at Yipster.