Taking the stress out of New Year’s party

Barkers restaurant Clumber Park
Barkers restaurant Clumber Park
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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.