New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest celebrations of the year for many people. It is a great time to have your friends over for some fun and festivities. After all, you are retired and have all of the time in the world to plan an epic party. You just don’t know where to start.

That’s quite alright, throwing a party isn’t an easy task and neither is planning for the party. New York Medicaid Consulting offers these tips on how to throw a great New Year’s Eve party.


Send Some Thoughtful Invites

Whether you plan on sending paper invites to individual addresses via the postal service or you are sending emails, Facebook notifications or other evites, make sure you class it up a bit. A simple note with just text stating that you are throwing a party and are inviting them will not compel many people to go. You need to understand that there are a lot of things going on New Year’s Eve, you are hardly the only one throwing a party.

Think about it as a competition, you need to figure out a way to entice people to come to your place for the party instead of attending a different party. Now, competition is tight as your friends could also be considering going to a bar for the holiday, staying at home watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and playing Twister or going to bed early.

So put some thought into the invitations and include some colorful and cute artwork.

Create a Guestlist

The last thing you want to do is send your invite to every random person on your Facebook friends list. If you do, don’t be surprised if the party turns disastrous. If you don’t believe us, watch Weird Science again and pay attention to the party scene.

You will want to ensure that all of the important friends in your life are invited, don’t accidentally leave someone out or there will be hurt feelings. Also, you don’t have to invite someone just because they are a friend. If they have a reputation for getting too rowdy at parties or saying the wrong things to people and making them feel uncomfortable, they could ruin your party. It is best if these types of friends don’t get an invite.

Also, the total amount of people you invite to your party shouldn’t exceed what your home can comfortably hold. Remember that it will likely be freezing cold outside so having people hang out on the patio isn’t going to be an option.

Plenty of Food

If you are planning on having a houseful of guests, it might make sense to hire a caterer for your party. The last thing you want to have happen is to run short of food. If you are confident in your ability to provide tasty tidbits for your guests, then, by all means, prepare a feast. But if you are hosting 30 or 40 people, preparing food yourself is a task you might want to leave to professionals.

As to what you should serve at your party, that is totally up to you. Your menu can be simple and include finger foods, chips and dip and meat and cheese trays or you can go all out and serve a four-course meal that includes appetizers and an elegant dessert.

Party Games

You can choose not to have any party games planned, but that would mean having to rely on Ryan Seacrest to keep your guests entertained.

Look, your party might not need to have party games for people to remain entertained and have a good time, but it is not a bad idea to have a few on hand just in case the party starts to fade. At the very least, you should have a few decks of cards and a few boxed games like Twister and Trivial Pursuit handy.


To be safe, your playlist should include music from all genres, except Country-Western, and a healthy mix of artists, except Ed Sheeran. You can include a few songs from Nickelback in your playlist, but play them at your own risk.

You are dedicated to providing a fun and entertaining party for your guests. New York Medicaid Consulting is dedicated to providing the highest quality Medicaid planning services. Give us a call today.