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New Year's Eve Parties are EASY!

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ALCOHOL

One of the most important elements of a new year's eve party is alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol. This will cause people to forget your little mistakes, and turn the big mistakes into hilarious anecdotes that you will chuckle over together for years. Figure one bottle of champagne will yield around 6 glasses. Oh, and get plastic glasses if you have invited over more than 20 people. It's tacky, but beats the tackiness of dirty dishes everywhere. Now is a good time for bulk drinks, like punch and Jell-O shots. And absinthe. Don't forget to pick up an interesting assortment of microbrew sodas and sparkling water for the designated drivers and non-drinkers.

PAJAMA PARTY!

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Invite people to bring pajamas! Inflatable mattresses! Sleeping bags! After pouring alcohol down your friends' gullets for five hours, are you really going to let them drive? Unless there is a sober driver in the crowd, my parties are all Pajama Parties! Fun!

DECORATIONS AND RENTALS!

Make it memorable! Your house is still decorated for Christmas, so no problems there. Add a few silver helium balloons, or a shiny centerpiece, and it's new years. Hats and noise makers are also de rigeur. The main thing to remember when decorating for new years is shiny. Try to do something unusual, like a band, a netful of balloons to drop at midnight, renting a Moonbouncer or a trippy Velcro wall for the night. Something to make the night special.

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