New Year’s Eve Dinner Ideas: How to Host a Party

If you’re looking for a fun, inventive way to celebrate the new year with friends and loved ones – without blowing your budget – hosting a dinner party is always a great choice. However, whether you’re a bit of a disaster in the kitchen, hosting a dinner party may seem daunting. With that in mind, here are some great new year’s eve dinner ideas on hoe to host a great event!


Choose a theme

Planning a dinner party is a lot easier with a theme in mind, as you can base the rest of your decisions – i.e., everything from decor to outfits around this. If you aren’t sure where to start, consider something simple and elegant, such as ‘dining under the stars’. Alternatively, you could theme the party around your favorite TV show/film characters of the year!

Put together a menu

Once you’ve decided upon a theme, it’s time to focus on the main star of the evening – the dinner itself. Deciding upon what dishes you want to cook ahead of time means that you can spend some time in the kitchen improving your cooking skills and ensuring that you cater to any specific dietary requirements of your guests. You can check out ways to use avocados for side dishes.

Cooking for larger groups can be stressful, try to focus on ‘crowd-pleaser’ dishes that are sure to go down a treat with every guest, such as delicious, slow-cooked pork loin. You can learn all about smoking pork loin at

Design a signature cocktail


Many people choose to indulge in a tipple (or two) to see in the New Year, so designing a signature cocktail is a great way to wow your guests at your next dinner party. Don’t worry, you don’t have to become a master mixologist overnight, as there are plenty of guides online that will help you create delicious cocktails. You may also want to curate a mocktail menu for those who do not want to drink alcohol!

Tidy your home

As the big day approaches, it’s time to tidy and declutter your home. This will help you to create a warm, welcoming environment for your guests so that you aren’t worried about how the space looks when they arrive. Once you’ve got this task out of the way, you can begin to decorate for the party. For example, you may want to make a DIY photo backdrop so you can take fantastic pictures throughout the night or hang fairy lights to create an exciting party atmosphere.

Put together a playlist

Part of the challenge associated with hosting a fantastic dinner party is keeping your guests entertained and engaged throughout. While dinner party games are great icebreakers, you should also make sure that you’ve taken music into consideration. The best way to keep everyone dancing all night long is to put together a group playlist ahead of time that everyone can contribute to. Alternatively, you could ask everyone to RSVP with their favorite songs, so the only thing you have to do once they arrive is press play.

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