New Years Eve Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed New Years Eve event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

New Years Eve is a time of both remembrance and celebration, and, of course, great music. Partygoers will want to ring in the New Year with an assortment of vibrant song selections.

The ultimate New Years Eve play list will include songs that are both vibrant and sentimental, fun and significant:

Auld Lang Syne by Kenny G
What Are You Doin’ New Years Eve? By Valerie Gillespie
Celebration by Kool and the Gang
All Night Long by Lionel Ritchie
Starry Eyed Surprise by Paul Oakenfield
Rock’n’Roll All Night by Kiss
Through the Years by Kenny Rogers
Memories by Elvis Presley
Dance the Night Away by Van Halen
Of course, no New Years Eve would be complete without a selection of New Years Eve party supplies. A rubber or paper mache facsimile of the famous Times Square ball would work well, especially if it drops to the ground via a preinstalled dancing pole. NYE party colors should be vibrant and glittery, and should include red, gold, silver and bright blue.

A scene setter that depicts a vibrant city skyline would make a nice backdrop for a New Years Eve festivity, and shiny ornament balls every color of the rainbow would make grand table settings at the party table. Quick tip: Avoid any shopping on the day of the gala to ensure being the hostess with the mostess as with having a stress free relaxing time. Have delicious food at an event and always give guests a few healthy alternatives to high fat, high calorie foods. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests.

New Years Eve homemade party supplies such as handmade banners, party streamers and balloons help many people say, “Happy New Year.” Homemade party supplies such as handmade signs or banners, balloon bouquets and homemade gift baskets are welcomed additions to a New Years Eve party. These handmade party supply items are beyond compare and creating a New Years Eve handmade gift basket, balloon bouquet or homemade party banner will only add to the occasion.

Homemade New Years Eve party banners are a great way of saying, “Happy New Year,” and making your New Years Eve celebration very special. For the most part, the New Years Eve party will only get better with other homemade party supplies such as drink umbrellas, party masks and glow sticks.

Making homemade drink umbrellas is very easy. Homemade drink umbrellas are made by using toothpicks, tissue paper and a soup can. Trace the bottom of the soup can to get the design for the umbrella topper. Then cut it out and fold it so it is cone shaped. Then at this point, attach it to the top of the toothpick using fabric glue. After these have dried they should be perfect for your New Years Eve party. These drink umbrellas can be designed and decorated numerous ways, but most importantly this handmade party supply will add a lot to the New Years Eve party.

Ring in the birth of a new year with New Years Eve birthday cake to celebrate the old and the new coming together. To make this cake there are some things to be acquired in the party supplies list that will need to be created during the planning process. The first of which will be a white cake mix and the needed ingredients according to the packaged directions on the box. Second will be white and blue icing to help decorated, along with a single white candle. Other options to include in the cake could include such things as the current date of this year and the new date of next year. Two additional items to be included in the party supplies list, a miniature of father time, who represents the years gone by and those to come. Plus a miniature of the baby new year, who is representative a symbol to the birth of a new year and is only seen around this time of year. Depending on the group, one option might be to write out new year’s resolutions on the cake in icing. Just as easily one could write the current year and then add, ‘three, two one.’

Staying up until midnight on New Year's Eve New Year’s Eve is a tried and true celebration. In fact, celebrating the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).

The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year, because it is a season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January first, on the other hand, has no astronomical or agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.

The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve festivities pale in comparison. The Romans continued to observe the New Year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors, so it soon became out of synchronization with the sun.

In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year, but tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the New Year, but in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year go on for 445 days.

Although in the first centuries AD the Romans continued celebrating the New Year, the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as paganism. As Christianity became more widespread, the early church began having its own religious observances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations, and New Year's Day was no different. New Years is still observed as the Feast of Christ's Circumcision by some denominations. During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Years, and January first has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations, for only about the past four hundred years. Many people choose to celebrate New Year's Day with a nice brunch for family and friends.

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New Years Eve History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the New Years Eve theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

On December 31st of every year, a New Year is welcomed in by Father Time. All of the countries that use the Gregorian calendar celebrate it at this time.

At exactly midnight, the New Year begins, and it is celebrated with wild parties that either end or begin at the stroke of midnight. Noise makers and hats usually make the scene, as well as the tradition of drinking champagne at the stroke of midnight, and giving your loved one a kiss to end the old year and celebrate the new one. Poppers, firecrackers, and other noise makers are exploded and sounded at the stroke of midnight, as well.

Because of the long evening of drinking alcoholic drinks, these traditions tend to get a bit out of hand. Co-workers might make inappropriate advances to other co-workers, people may hug strangers in the streets. Somehow, it is usually acceptable on this very special night.

There are also midnight masses that people attend to give thanks for the old year gone by, and to ask for good health and prosperity in the new year that follows.

Others go to famous landmarks in large cities, such as Times Square in New York where people stand around in anticipation of “the ball dropping.” In Trafalgar Square in London, the crowd counts down to the end of the old year. In Atlanta, Georgia, they have their giant peach that drops as the spectators cheer.

Saturnalia is the ancient Roman observance of the Winter Solstice, and this is believed to be the origin of the celebration of the New Year. Pagans practiced letting go of disciplines and rules, and their behavior was very different on this night, which could have led to the questionable behavior of some party-goers on New Years Eve today.

Auld Lang Syne became the customary song to sing on New Years Eve, and this started in the British Isles in the 1900’s, as guests stood in a circle singing the song. Others believe, however, that it came from a folk melody of Scotland.

Today, one can continue the usual party-going and celebration, or just simply watch TV as the ball drops and sip champagne at midnight from the comfort of your living room sofa. A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas. Good organization is the key to planning an occasion with less stress, so may lists and check things off as you go. A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas. The history of New Years Eve has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for New Years Eve to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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