Keys to A Fun and Stress-free New Years Party

Why not throw a casual, stress-free New Years Eve party?  Here's our plan that you can follow.  It's not too late!
  • Send out free and easy Evite invitations.  There is a place below the invitation to describe the event.  In our case...


Come for cocktails, food, Champagne, karaoke, dice games, (just a regular Wednesday night for the Jokovichs), probably dancing if Alie does the playlist.   And if we walk a block, we can view fireworks  at midnight over the Bay!

  •  If guests offer, ask them to bring a favorite appetizer or a bottle of Champagne
  • Delegate other chores.  My daughter is making the music playlist.  Our friends are bringing their karaoke machine.
  • Two days before the party, set up the food table's platters and bowls (labeled with post it notes) and in our case, also a dice gaming table
  • With the dice game, Left Right Center, we have gifts for the winners.  Once someone wins, he picks out a gift and gives up his seat for another player.  Some prizes...
Pottery Barn

Some of our guests are from out of town and may appreciate these souvenirs.
  • Set up a self serve bar and a separate sparkling wine/sparkling water station
  • Everyone looks good in candle light.  I like placing these all around the rooms...

  • Party hats are always fun.  My sister is bringing her collection of them.

  • AND Stock up on plenty of water bottles for guests to take home.  You may even splurge...

I will show you party highlights later.
Merry Christmas and Happy 2015!


  1. Wow you have me wishing I could throw one myself.....we will be away but I love your ideas for a stress free party and if were going to be in town I would follow your lead and these excellent tips!!! Enjoy..

  2. Thank you for sharing, I too like the idea of finger foods buffet, it makes it less stuffy and people can mingle and talk to each other rather than being stuck at one place. Here is a link to my 10 party tips http://glamistahome.com/2014/12/10-party-tips.html Happy Holidays!

  3. Sounds like a great time and really good ideas. Merry Christmas Mary Ann!

  4. Since my birthday is New Years Day, this is perfect to kill the two birds with one bash! Happy Christmas and here's to the finest New Year! 🎉

  5. This really sounds perfect, and almost….stress free! We just never do anything for New Year's Eve, or not for many years. We just prefer being stay-at-homes! so I can live vicariously through you and other bloggers!!!

  6. So sorry I can't be there!! Sounds like you have not missed a detail! I tried to call you yesterday hope you got my message!! I am at the lake with a dead phone!

  7. I better get right on this;) .. after I finish my holiday shopping because I'm so behind that I am too embarrassed to discuss it :\

    Great ideas and I like the way you delegate and keep things simple. Being at home is the best :)


  8. Mary Ann,

    You have thought of everything and I wish I could attend, as I can see it will be fun and fabulous!
    Visit soon I hope!
    The Arts by Karena

  9. All such great ideas, you are an inspiring hostess! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

  10. What wonderful ideas and the cranberry twists look amazing!! Will have to try for our New Year!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  11. fireworks over sf bay......i like the thought of that!
    sounds like a wonderful party, do share those party images

  12. You are obviously an entertainer extraordinaire! Sounds like the perfect way to ring in the new year. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and thanks for all of the inspiration in 2014!

  13. These are all really great ideas. You're a wonderful host. I hope there's lots of dancing and you all have a blast.

  14. Evite invitations are so fun to get. It looks like you're ready for a great night. We're heading out on a friend's 35 foot boat to watch the fireworks and Christmas parade in Newport Beach. Our first time.
    I'm in your old stomping grounds... wish we could have met. :)

  15. Sounds like a wonderful night and you've thought of everything!

  16. I'd love to come to a party like this. Happy New Year Mary Ann.....


  17. Awesome ideas and as usual, implemented to perfection! Have a great time!


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