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Hosting a New Year's Eve party? Shop these essentials

Break out your 2022 glasses!

Group of friends toasting with champagne flutes. Credit: Getty Images / Aleksandar Nakic

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If you’re looking to host a party to kick off 2022, New Year’s Eve is the time to do it!

Put some sparkle and glitz into the evening starting with invites and moving to champagne flutes. There’s an opportunity to dazzle your nearest and dearest on every level. It doesn’t matter if you’re having an intimate dinner party or inviting the whole neighborhood, here are some essentials fit for any New Year's Eve party.

Dazzling invitations

On the left, an art deco style invite. On the right, a golden ticket style invitation.
Credit: Zazzle

Everyone loves getting mail that they can keep as a memento of the iconic party you’re throwing.

Sure, when you host a party you can send out e-vites or even shoot over a text message, but what’s the fun in that? Everyone loves getting mail that they can keep as a memento of the iconic party you’re throwing.

For invitations, a design that throws it back to last century feels glamorous. A 1920s art deco-inspired look is all the rage. You’ll have your guests getting all jazzed up in no time.

Festive accessories

On the left, some glitter covered hats. On the right a pair of champagne themed glasses.
Credit: Left: LittleBlueOlive / Right: Paper Source

Hats, headbands, and glasses are a light-hearted way to celebrate the upcoming year.

While your guests may arrive in glitzy outfits of sequins and velvet, they still need accessories to party with.

Hats, headbands, and glasses are a light-hearted way to celebrate the upcoming year. There are designs featuring 2022, champagne bottles, and of course, lots of sparkles that will be a blast to wear all night long.

If you’re hosting a big crew of guests, buy a set so that everyone can accessorize.

A sea of stars

Decorative star garland against a black background.
Credit: pinkblume

Come New Year’s Eve, change out your holiday evergreen garland for a string of starlight.

Come New Year’s Eve, change out your holiday evergreen garland for a string of starlight. Dazzling gold stars highlight the art deco feel. String them over the deck, aka dance floor, so you can spend the night shimmying under the stars. Or, style them to create a beautiful backdrop for a photobooth.

Get the 3D Star Garland at Amazon for $12.99

A punch bowl made to entertain

A punch bowl surrounded by matching punch cups.
Credit: Uncommon Goods

With vintage-inspired detailing, a punch bowl is a showstopping way for guests to serve themselves beverages.

Create a crowd-pleasing beverage (alcoholic or non) for your guests to enjoy and put it in an old-school punch bowl.

With vintage-inspired detailing, a punch bowl is a showstopping way for guests to serve themselves beverages, so you can be off mingling rather than tending bar. This punch bowl is customizable and you can add a platter or pedestal to maximize your entertaining needs.

Get the Vintage Inspired 3-in-1 Punch Bowl from Uncommon Goods starting at $55

Chilled drinks

On the left, a gold beverage tub. On the right, an ice mold around a bottle of wine.
Credit: Crate & Barrel

Swap out the traditional cooler for a sleek, decorative vessels.

Alongside your punch bowl, you’ll want a place to keep wine and beer cold all evening. Swap out the traditional cooler for a sleek, metallic beverage tub that you can keep bottles of bubbly cold.

If you’re hosting something more intimate that doesn’t require a big cooler, you can turn your wine chiller into a centerpiece. Using a special mold, you can create add flowers or fruits to creat a beautiful ice block that fits perfect around a bottle of wine.

For those who prefer a cocktail, investing in a stunning heirloom-esque ice bucket can add some flair to your home bar.

Flutes for your midnight toast

Two different shots of flutes. The flutes on the left are stemless, and the flutes on the right are stemmed.
Credit: Left: Prestee / Right: Waterford

You can pull out your special stash of crystal flutes or go for a chic set of disposable and shatterproof flutes.

As the clock clicks closer to midnight, as party host you can pop the bubbly and pour a glass for anyone who wants one. You can pull out your special stash of crystal flutes or go for a chic set of disposable and shatterproof flutes.

If you’re in need of a new set of crystal flutes anyway, go for the splurge before your end-of-year party. They’ll be well-loved before the clock strikes midnight.

A shining tower for your apps

On the left, the stainless steel serving tower on a buffet table. On the right, the same stainless steel tower alone on a table.
Credit: CB2

A shining tower will stand out as you showcase your canapés.

If you’re creating a buffet of appetizers for your guests to munch on, don’t settle for any old tray. A 3-tiered tower will stand out as you showcase your canapés.

Metallic stainless steel will shine bright among your décor, so you can bring the festivity to every element of your party.

Get the Porter Polished 3-tier Server at CB2 for $79.95

A beautiful tablescape

A overhead shot of a blue marble tablescape.
Credit: Goldune

For those hosting a more intimate dinner gathering, create a tablescape sure to wow your guests.

For those hosting a more intimate dinner gathering, create a tablescape sure to wow your guests.

Go for a set that comes with everything you need—from a decorative table runner, place mats, and napkins to name cards, taper candles, and votives. You’ll just need to add plates and silverware to make this stunning table come together.

As a little something extra, grab some cocktail napkins for a pre-dinner drink. Go for a more sustainable option with a set of napkins made from upcycled fabrics that you can re-use for all your future parties.

Plates fit for festivities

On the left, a gold dotted paper plate. On the right, a marbled cheese board.
Credit: Left: Homix / Right: West Elm

Go for gold dotted plates and decadent marbled cheese boards for decorative touches at your party.

To serve up your delicious holiday roasts and finger foods, you’ll want platters that look polished. You can’t go wrong with crisp white trays where you can compose your mains and sides.

For your snack displays, trays that include sections help keep your crudité looking neat. A marble board with gold detailing is a stylish foundation for charcuterie boards that look equally appetizing and gorgeous.

While you’re socializing and celebrating, the last thing you want to be thinking about is doing the dishes. Go for disposable plates with sweet gold dots that look cute but won’t involve any scrubbing at the end of the night.

Party games!

On the left, the box of the game Monikers. On the right, a shot of Apples to Apples cards laid out.
Credit: Left: Monikers / Right: Mattel

Go for fan favorite games that will have your friends laughing til the ball drops.

If you’re hosting a crowd who can get a little competitive, having some party games on hand will keep the night alive. Go for fan favorite games like Monikers or Apples to Apples that will have your friends laughing til the ball drops.

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