Considering that New Year’s is a pretty hot-ticket holiday, it’d behoove you to let your friends know sooner rather than later that you’ll be hosting a party at your place. Paperless Post is a good alternative for those who don’t want to track down friends’ addresses, go out to buy a roll of stamps, or leave the house. For those on a budget, there are several free invitation designs to choose from.
Hire a carpool so no one has to drive home. This is best done by using a traditional car service that can be scheduled for pick up and home delivery. Other ride share companies like Uber and Lyft offer similar services but they cannot be reserved and on a busy night you might find your friends coming in late and leaving far later than desired.
For a refreshing alternative to Champagne, try Prosecco. For nonalcoholic selection try Twelve, a fizzy blend of fruit and herbal tea. It’s delicious and certainly more elegant than sparkling cider. Pellegrino and Perrier are also very nice to keep people happy and hydrated.
Don’t let people get hungry! Make it easy on yourself and your wallet. Get some fabulous, frozen pre-made appetizers and keep them rolling from the oven. Cheese and cracker, charcuterie and veggie platters that require no cooking and can be made ahead of time are always crowd pleasers. These can even be purchased from your local deli if time is more important than slicing and arranging your own cheese.
We’ve all been eating way too much sugar all December but if you want to do a small dessert and make it look special, dust some edible glitter onto your store bought cookies or cake. Yes, edible glitter is a thing.
Set up Pandora at a volume where you can hear it – but don’t have to raise voices to hear each other. Hipster Cocktail Party is a great one. Don’t let the name turn you off; the music they play is terrific. Bill Withers, Nina Simone, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin are some regulars you’ll find on this station.
There are some terrific things happeneing on New Years Eve on Bainbridge Island!
A New Years Eve Dance Party is being held at the Treehouse Cafe in Lynwood Center, from 9:00 pm to 12:30 am – featuring The Dusty 45's, Tarot and Palm readings, automatic entry for a raffle drawing and complimentary champagne at midnight! THis even is suitable for those 21 years of age and older. Get the details here: New Years Eve Dance Party
If your family is looking for something fun for the younger members, there is also a New Years Eve Party for Kids at KidiMu! All are invited to the Museum for an annual countdown to noon and balloon drop. Come early to enjoy special activities between 10 and 11:45 a.m., including face painting, music, a noisemaker clock craft and bingo. The event runs from 10 am to 12:30 and is sure to be lots of fun for the entire family. Get the details here: New Years at KidiMu and Bainbridge Art Museum or at KidiMu
Bainbridge Performing Arts Center will be hosting a New Years Eve Party, from 9 pm to 12:30 am. Celebrate New Year’s Eve by dancing all night long with Seattle’s hottest DJ – Dubreezy – and with an expanded bar selection that includes spirits from Bainbridge Organic Distillers, beer on tap from the Bainbridge Island Brewing Company, and half-price non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers. This event is suitable for ages 21 and over with complimentary champagne served at midnight. Get the details here: Bainbridge Performing Arts Center New Years Eve Party
For those who love the water, there are a couple of options to ring in the new year on Puget Sound.Bainbridge Island-based Exotic Aquatics Scuba and Kayaking has planned an afternoon and evening excursion that includes three dives, dinner and transit to Elliott Bay to watch the Seattle fireworks at midnight on the newest boat to join the Puget Sound Dive Charters' fleet — the 45-foot Salish Explorer. For $125, divers can get an afternoon of exploring in before cleaning up — the boat has showers — and sitting down to dinner. Non-divers also are invited for a lesser charge of $110. A sparkling punch toast will be held at midnight. The boat leaves from its location in Winslow at 1 p.m. Those interested in tickets should call 206-842-1980.
There are aso some restaurants serving a special New Years Eve Menu, if you are looking for a more intimate celebration. Click the links below for more information.
Finally, for the super hearty and hardcore challenge lovers – the 14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at Noon on Lytle Beach. BRRR!
Happy New Year!