The classic New Year's eve party is held in Times Square in New York City. Many people attempt to re-create the magic at home. I spent New Year's Eve of 1999/2000 in New York City...in a church basement drinking sparkling cider. Maybe next year my finances will be better & I can have the New Year's Eve party of my dreams. This is a "Black and White" theme based on Truman Capote's Black and White Ball held in 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. It has been described as "The Party of the Century."
New Year’s Eve colors of black & white, accents of dusky purple & silver Mirror ball for dance floor, which is if course black & white check A big bouquet of white flowers, probably white roses Adorn tables with party hats, party poppers, tiaras, noisemakers and streamers.
For New Year's Eve, a playlist is especially suited: 1999 by Prince, Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer, Auld Lang Sine (Pink Martini version) - preferably with karaoke lyrics, Season of Love from Rent, As Time Goes By from Casablanca, towards the end, Time after Time Cyndi Lauper, Chances Are by Bob Marley - when time to leave
60s Rockin' Playlist: Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally Booker T & the MGs - Green Onions Dave Brubeck - Take Five Johnny Rivers - Secret Agent Man Aretha Franklin - Respect Aretha Franklin - Baby, I Love You Woolly Bully - Sam The Sham & Pharaohs Wilson Pickett - Land Of 1,000 Dances Shocking Blue - Venus The Archies - Sugar, Sugar The Twist - Chubby Checker Wild Thing - The Troggs Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour Chris Montez - Let's Dance Shout - Otis Day & The Knights Tommy James & The Shondells - Mony Mony The Rascals - Good Lovin' Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg Temptations - Get Ready Three Dog Night – Joy to the World The Exciters - Tell Him The Kingsmen - Louie Louie Little Eva - The Locomotion The Beatles- Twist n' Shout Mitch Ryder - Devil With a Blue Dress Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin' Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin' The Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night The Contours -Do You Love Me
Plus, a few classic slow dances... Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody Elvis - Can't Help Falling in Love Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Champagne Cocktails, other cocktails like Manhattan and Irish Coffee. Have on hand sparkling wines to toast the New Year, like Asti Spumante or Prosecco. Have fake champagne and Italian sodas & sparkling water available for designated drivers. Stock a bar with other things that people might want to drink. Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes for the Home Mixologist
Here are some basics to be sure to have on hand:
•plenty of ice for drinks (plan on about 11 pounds of ice for every 10 guests) •cups for beverages (plan on at least 4 per person) •lots of cocktail napkins & hors d'oeuvres plates
Brie and Pears, Asian pear Washed green grapes Crab Claws with Lemon Wedges & Mustard Sauce Scallops Wrapped in Bacon Fried Calamari with marinara sauce & lemon Blini and Caviar Warm Cannabis-Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Crusty Bread
Celebration Feast with Champagne
Warm Spinach Salad - Sparkling Wine Breadsticks Oysters Rockefeller - Sparkling Wine Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta Poached Pears
See what seafood is fresh and in season before make final decision
Midnight Toast & Dessert Sparkling Wine Black and White Cookies Angel's Bakery Gourmet 4.5 Oz Black & White Cookies (I prefer to make these at home with unsalted butter instead of trans fat, and add almond, lemon & vanilla essence & use dark chocolate, these flavors all go well with champagne)
Canna Pick: Urban Poison - good for parties, dancing, alertness Can pre-roll beforehand so don't have to stop the action, store joints in an old-fashioned cigarette case.
Things to Do
Socializing, Eating, Drinking, and Dancing. Towards midnight, watching the ball drop in Times Square
Games, which will vary depending on the size of the group: Lottery Game, Bingo, or Bunco would work well with a large group. A medium-sized group might enjoy Trivia games or Karaoke; small groups can play board games like Charades or Scrabble, or card games like Blackjack.
Inspiration Destination: New York, New York: Greenwich Village, Washington Square Hotel; SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy; Major attractions like Times Square, Night Hotel has black & white theme and is in Times Square; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (better known as MoMA), shopping, Film Forum, Theater District & Broadway Shows
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Eucalyptus Spearmint, 48 Ounce by Dr. Teal's
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (40th Anniversary Special Edition) [AC-3] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [DTS Surround Sound] [Dubbed] [NTSC] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen] DVD ~ Peter Sellers
Handbook for Hosts: A Practical Guide to Party Planning and Gracious Entertaining (Town & Country) [Bargain Price] by J. Adam Bluestein