New Year’s Eve Al Fresco

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New Year’s Eve Al Fresco

While we can’t predict the weather, we can predict a great time this New Year’s Eve, especially if you ring it in outside!

It may sound easy, but heading downtown for New Year’s Eve tends to be more stress than it’s worth. So, this year why not throw your own al fresco NYE party? We’ve put together some tips and ideas to make sure it’s a night to remember.

Make It a BYOA Affair – Bring Your Own Appetizer

Phone your invitees and inform them that it’s a BYOA event. There are a number of delicious and easy appetizers that your guests can bring, but if someone doesn’t know how to cook or what to bring, suggest raw veggies and hummus, a fruit and nut platter, or a cheese and crackers plate. If someone claims that even those are too difficult, ask them to bring a container or two of mixed nuts – you can provide the bowl!

Serve Champagne Sangria for Midnight Toasting

This is an easy and delicious way to break from tradition that will be appreciated by all! To make champagne sangria, simply use these ingredients and follow the instructions below:


  • One 32-ounce bottle of apple juice
  • One 12-ounce can of frozen cranberry juice concentrate
  • One cup of orange juice
  • One-and-a-half liters of champagne (or ginger ale for a non-alcoholic version)


  1. Keep items chilled (or frozen) until use.
  2. Combine the apple juice, cranberry juice concentrate, and orange juice in a large bowl. Stir well.
  3. Add sliced oranges, kiwi slices, and any other fruit you like.
  4. Slowly add the champagne or ginger ale at the last minute to keep it bubbly.

This recipe serves 12, but you might want to double up for thirsty guests!


Don’t put your ornaments away just yet, you can simply move them to your outdoor trees to add to the festivities. Gold and silver should adorn your entryway leaving guests no doubt as to the direction of your party. Christmas lights are perfect for adding some visual sparkle to the night without ruining your view of the stars. You can even add top hats to your shrubbery and 2018 flags to your potted plants.

If kids will be attending be sure to set up a separate entertainment area for them complete with games and activities to keep them occupied throughout the evening.

A Wishing Wall is a great way to start off the new year and it’s super easy to set up. All you need are index cards or sticky notes and a framed board to put them on. Make sure you place it in a high-traffic area so everyone can see it.

Make a goodie bag for each hour to give kids something to look forward to. Grab plain treat bags and write the time on it. Each hour {depending on when you start will be how many you make}, have a fun treat inside the bag. Ideas to include are glow sticks, silly string, confetti wands, party poppers, noise makers, pop rocks or rock candy crystal sticks.

Make your own party hats or crowns! Grab some silver or gold party hats or crowns, glitter glue pens, glitter, sequins, feathers, and anything you can think of to make a fun New Year’s Eve party hat for the big countdown!

No matter how you get down this New Year’s Eve, the best thing you can do for yourself and your new year is to have fun!

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