If you’re used to hanging out with your family or a few friends on New Year’s Eve and not doing anything crazier than order three pizza pies and three boxes of chicken wings instead of two, then you probably don’t have to worry about preparation too much.
However, if you’re the CEO or manager of a major corporation or startup and planning a celebration for the whole company, then you have to put in a little more prep work. This is also required if you’re in charge of a fraternity or social events committee, as you’ll want to be able to provide a fun time and retain and recruit members.
There are party gadgets that an NYE fest just can’t go without. Read on for some literally luminous ideas about how to light up the night and celebrate Auld Lang Syne.
Confetti is a standard part of many celebrations, but when it comes to New Year’s Eve, the best kind of confetti is the kind flying through the air! That’s where blasters come in: they can shoot out confetti to make you feel like you are in Time Square, even if you’re in a cubicle. It’s best to buy in bulk so that you don’t leave any of your staff out. Blasters can launch confetti as far as 10 to 15 feet, so be sure that the ones you get have the appropriate reach.
It also helps to have different color options for your blasters. Buying a bunch of blasters that come in one or two colors may make your search at the store easier, but the more colors you have, the more colors you’ll see in the air at the end of the countdown. If you have only red, white, and blue blasters or red and green blasters, then your staff is going to think that you brought leftovers from your Fourth of July or Christmas parties. Having more colors also adds to the excitement of the situation.
The hour or two before the ball drops is just as important for a New Year’s Eve party as the countdown itself. Having music and the right lights for a dance party helps create a fun environment for everyone, and the right dance toys will make that experience even better. In this case, having glow sticks is a good way to show off your rave skills, as well as make others feel comfortable enough to share their own moves and surprise the whole group. If the stores in your town are putting a heavier price on their collections because of the approaching holiday, then see what deals are available online.
As with those confetti cannons, having different colors for your glow sticks is a must. Staff members should be able to pick out their favorite colors, and the cool lights will make for great videos and photos to share on Facebook and Instagram. Flexible sticks can make great bracelets, necklaces, and even headbands, all of which can create quite a site on the dance floor.
LED Golf Balls
It’s important to have games at any party, and, at New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to be sure that your activities keep your guests entertained and occupied from activities that could be harmful, especially after a few drinks. One game that works well for corporations and startups is miniature golf in the office! You can take plastic cups from near the water jug and create obstacles throughout the office to try to get amazing holes-in-one. If you want to take that game to the next level, get LED golf balls. Just dim or turn the lights off, and you’ll see circular lights flying across the floor and into the cups.
If you plan to start your party a little early, then take the staff to the local mini-golf center and see if you can use these balls for a quick game. Even if there’s still a bit of daylight, it will make for an amazing site. Take a video! It will look like shooting stars!
What you wear to a party affects how much you’re able to get into the mood, and New Year’s Eve parties require the wackiest of options. Go with some LED eyeglasses, which will fit right in with the dance party you have. You can buy tons of different colors to pass out to all the guests.
Certain glasses light up and produce one color, while others can produce multiple colors at once. Some options even create patterns of which parts of the glasses light up and what colors appear first. Be sure that you take advantage of online deals so that you get every option!
Mix The Right Drinks
As much fun as booze can be, providing the right alcoholic beverages at a party will affect your guests’ ability to stay sober and get home safe, especially if certain people have an easier time drinking responsibility than others.
Provide light liquors, since dark liquors tend to have more toxins that can affect drinkers more quickly. Water and carbonated fruit juice are also better alternatives for mixing drinks than soda when it comes to avoiding getting drunk. It’s also important to make water easily accessible so that your guests can stay hydrated after consuming alcohol.
Consider Additional Locations
Being in the same location for a long period of time can cause boredom and fatigue, and a lot of jobs require workers to be in this situation. However, the same can be said for parties, as playing the same games for long enough can eventually get a little stale. If you want to keep your co-workers entertained for your New Year’s Eve party, then it might help to take them to different locations to have fun, especially if you start early enough.
Make it a traveling party! You can take everyone to the mini-golf center in the late evening before going back to the office for food, drinks and dance-offs. Then, you can all head over to the park or beach in the area that is letting people celebrate the occasion. Be sure that everyone brings their confetti blasters, glow sticks, and LED accessories!.