How to throw the coolest New Year’s party in town - at yours, of course!

29 December 2011 by


Forget extortionate entry fees, queuing for the cloakroom and overpriced taxies - throwing a bespoke house party is the hottest way to wave goodbye to 2011. Here’s how to do NYE chez  you - the 2012 way…
Decadent drinks
What to serve on arrival? According to bar blogger BarChick, nothing’s more welcoming than a warming cider punch, ladled into teacups. Here’s her recipe: Mix 3 litres of dry scrumpy cider, 500ml cloudy apple juice and a handful of chopped ginger with 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 spoons of ground nutmeg, a small handful of cloves, some black pepper corns and one vanilla pod. Heat gently on a low heat and serve in teacups.  Yum.
Get the party started
Your guests should be hugging, kissing and slurring Auld Lang Syne into each other’s ears by midnight, so they’ll need to break the ice early. Charlie Gilkes - founder of London bars Bunga Bunga, Bart's and Maggie's - recommends a fancy dress trunk: “At Bart's we have hats, masks and all-in-one outfits you can easily put on over your clothes. The best outfits are funny – don’t take yourself too seriously.” We’re thinking moustaches on sticks, giant Hello Kitty heads, Anna Wintour wigs and Karl Lagerfeld masks. But maybe that’s just us?
Cool canapés
At this time of year, canapés should be hearty – luckily, bite size dinners are the hottest trend of the moment. Quintessentially’s Sophie recommends “mini baked potatoes topped with a little caviar, or mini cheese on toast with a tiny bit of truffle oil”, while party-loving TV chef Thomasina Miers loves to serve “mini parsnip rostis topped with creamy chunks of blue cheese and toasted walnut or chicory leaves with smoked trout, beetroot and horseradish crème fraiche.”
The perfect playlist
Whatever you do, don’t forget to plan your party tunes. "NYE playlists should have something for everyone and should be fun,” says DJ Hanna Hanra. “Definitely no Radiohead or Coldplay.”  Hanna’s top house party tunes are:
Beyonce - Countdown (IsaMachine Remix)
Fleetwood mac - Go Your Own Way
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Ian Dury and the Block heads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
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- By Rebecca Seal


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