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New Year's Eve is a happy time – a time to celebrate the New Year and put behind the old one. Bright, happy dance music and lots of bright colors produces an instant fun atmosphere when guests arrive. If you are planning a New Year's Eve party to celebrate, the following tips and party games will get you off to a good start.

If you need to break the ice there are lots of games you can play. This is especially useful if there are people who don't know each other. There are some ice-breakers on this page, but for further ice-breakers, see Ice-breakers.

Celebrity Celebrations party kit for up to 100 guests is perfect for New Year's murder parties.

Fame, Money and Murder party kit for up to 30 guests is also great for New Year's murder parties.

The Superhero Mystery is a good choice for New Years mystery parties for 10 to 30 guests.

New Year's party decorations

Here are some ideas for New Year's party decorations that you may like to try:

Here are is a photo from Kari Jone's Fame, Money and Murder party:

A photo of Serina and Pebbles from Karis Fame Money and Murder Party

Serena and Pebbles

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak' a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and the days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o'thine
We'll tak' a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

New Year's party food

Traditional New Year foods are thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.

Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the New Year by eating black-eyed peas usually accompanied by hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures, and the hog symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable, and in some regions, rice is the "lucky" food that is eaten on New Year's Day.

Some menu suggestions for sit-down dinner:

Menu A

Menu B

If you don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, finger food is the way to go:

Great New Year recipes are available on the Internet. Go to www. and type in "New Year dinner".

fireworks animation

Other New Year's party games

I Resolve …

Write as many New Year resolutions as you can think of on slips of paper. Make them as serious and silly as you like. Fold them and put them in a basket. Ask your guests to take one. If they don't think the resolution is for them, they have to try to give it away to someone else. Have them read their resolution out to the others beginning with "I resolve…" Some New Year game suggestions are:

• Save money. • Eat more chocolate. • Lose weight.
• Exercise less. • Spend more time with friends.
• Spend more money on a loved one. • Play more with your children. • Quit smoking. • Quit drinking. • Read more.
• Talk less. • Make more money. • Give more money to charity.
• Eat honey instead of sugar. • Get a new career.
• Find a new love. • Adopt a dog. • Give up caffeine.
• Learn a new hobby. • Roller skate to work.
• Resolve any problems of the heart. • Go to Church more often.
• Do more volunteer work. • Go on holidays to somewhere romantic. • Surf the net more. • Surf the net less. • Renew old acquaintances.
• Ride a bike. • Stop making resolutions.

Dress to suit the hat

Have a large assortment of hats. Each person selects or is given one hat. They then have to speak and act as they imagine an owner of such a hat would behave. They can even give themselves an accent and a new name. Everyone introduces themselves to the others as that new character.

Paper costumes

Divide the guests into groups of about six. Give each group a bundle of newspaper, some sticky tape, pins, string and scissors. Using one person as a model, each group has 10 minutes to create a costume on that person using just the materials supplied. Headdresses can be included.


Divide the party guests into groups. Give each group a three or four letter acronym that you've made up. The group must decide what the acronym stands for and what the company does and then tell the group all about the company.

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