The coming of the new year is a time to celebrate the year that was and welcome the possibility of new dreams and goals going forward. For many people, this means a big celebration complete with champagne and a countdown to midnight. But planning the perfect New Year’s Eve soiree can be complicated, especially with all the details to remember. If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve party in NYC, here are some tips to help make it the best night ever!
Invitations are a big detail you want to get right, especially in these times. If you have any mask or vaccine requirements for your event, be sure to stipulate that on your invitations. Also, be sure to mention parking and transportation options, as guests who are unfamiliar with the area may have questions about the location. Finally, don’t forget to mention dining options so guests know whether or not to eat before the event.
Set the festive mood with decorations. Using a raw space like the space here at Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC offers seemingly endless possibilities for high reaching decorations like balloons, chandeliers, and when the clock strikes midnight, confetti! Our in-house audio visual team, AV Workshop can even create lighting effects to help cast a festive glow on your party.
Whether you hire a live band or a DJ, be sure to book a musical act to get your guests out on our iconic dance floor - and don’t forget to play Auld Lang Syne, the classic New Year tune! AV Workshop can help hook up your audio equipment, and even provide microphones and speakers for your New Years countdown.
For fun throughout the evening, hire acts like comedians, casino tables, circus performers like magicians and jugglers, fortune tellers, or other talents to keep your guests entertained. Provide fun elements like a photo booth or photo staging area for your guests to snap selfies. Create a custom hashtag for your event so your guests can see what everyone else is up to and share memorable moments after the event. You can even install big screens to broadcast the ball drop from Times Square.
You’ll want to remember your special night, so be sure to book a photographer to snap your guests, entertainers, and decor. That way you can enjoy the night and mingle with guests without having to spend the evening behind the lens yourself. Look for a photographer that specializes in special events so you don’t miss a moment.
When it comes to food, what you serve really depends on the time of the party. For later starting events, dinner may not be needed, so serving desserts and appetizers may be the best option. At Tribeca Rooftop + 360° we have our own amazing in-house catering department that can make nearly anything your heart desires.
For drinks, the gold standard of course is an open bar, but you can also choose to serve a limited drink menu of champagne, sparkling wine, or signature cocktails. Don’t forget to offer mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages like sparkling grape juice for children, and for those who choose not to drink alcohol.
Because New Year’s Eve is a busy night for NYC, book your guests some limousines in advance to bring them home from your event. This way they will not face cab delays heading home after your party.
New Year’s Eve parties aren’t big ‘gifting’ parties, but offering your guests fun favors like party hats, light up glasses, light sticks, and noisemakers, are fun ways to ring in the New Year!
If you are interested in hosting a party at Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in NYC, contact us today for more information, and have a safe and happy New Year!