Taking the stress out of New Year’s party

Barkers restaurant Clumber Park
Barkers restaurant Clumber Park

If the prospect of hosting your own New Year’s Eve party is causing panic, heed some sage advice from a local expert.

The Clumber Park Hotel and Spa in Sherwood Forest want to take the sting out of your shin-dig by sharing their advice.

“The idea is obviously for guests to have a good time but with that comes immense pressure for the host,” explains Sarah Lamb, the hotel’s Wedding & Events Co-ordinator.

Sarah says:

n Fail to prepare and prepare to fail! The more you can organise before the actual event, the less you’ll have to sort on the night. A happy host means happy guests.

Decide on your budget and stick to it

Be realistic about what can be achieved with the time and resources you have available.

n If the guest list isn’t right, neither is the party. As you’re pulling the list together ask a close friend or family member to check it in case you’ve forgotten to include someone.

n It’s not compulsory to have a theme but Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to do something different. A Murder Mystery night gets guests engaged; a 1920s or James Bond theme allows for glamorous dressing up. Or go for a seasonal Winter Wonderland theme.

n Flex your artistic muscle when it comes to decor. Experiment with colours and materials you’d usually shy away from. Tinsel and paper chains are popular again; you could create a retro backdrop.

Use lights to add finishing touches. Try draping curtain and net lights in windows and doorways or trimming outdoor areas with battery operated ones.