5 Essentials to Your New Year’s Eve Party

18 Dec

As the last days of the December month’s come to a close, families and join together and celebrate once more to bring in the new year. For most, New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate another wonderful year with a toast for many more. For those hosting their first New Year’s Eve or wishing to make each year’s celebration better than the last, we’ve made a list of 5 essentials for your most memorable New Year’ Eve!

  1. Sparkling Decor

When most people think about New Year’s Eve celebrations, one theme that has stood the test of time is glam, glitter, and gold dust! Homes are filled with sparkling garland, festive candles, and party hats on New Year’s Eve to represent a fresh start and “newness”. You can also use your Christmas decorations by rearranging your lights around the living room for a more festive atmosphere.

  1. Dance The Night Away

Next to Christmas, New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated holidays in music. Many musicians across genres and eras have written songs looking forward to another great year! Here’s a look at some classic must-haves for your New Year’ Eve party:

  • “Auld Lang Syne” by Mariah Carey
  • “Funky New Year” by the Eagles
  • “1999” by Prince
  • “Let’s Start the New Year Right” by Bing Crosby

 

  1. Toasting In The New Year

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without saying thanks to the wonderful things you’ve experienced throughout the year and a toast to many more. Traditionally, families and friends offer a toast at midnight as the clock chimes in January 1st of the New Year. It’s also common to use sparkling cider to make the toast, allowing people who don’t want to have champagne or wine to toast in the New Year.

  1. Watching the Count Down

Arguably, the most iconic event for celebrating New Year’s Eve is watching the Ball Drop in Time Square, New York City, NY. The tradition of dropping the ball in Time Square started in 1907 with the first ball making it descent from a flagpole atop of the One Times Square Building[1]. The Ball Drop is an event that has occurred every year since, with exceptions being 1942 and 1943.

  1. Eating Lucky Foods

New Year’s Eve is a holiday celebrated by cultures around the world, each with their own lucky foods to bring good health and prosperity for the new year. Here are some favorites:

Twelve Grapes

Latin American and Spanish families eat twelve grapes with each bell strike at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Each grape represents a month out of the new year with exceptionally sweet grapes representing a month of wealth and good luck.

Pork

Families in the American South enjoy Pork on New Year’s Eve as a symbol of progress and “rooting forward”. The tradition is seen in many countries throughout the world, namely countries around Central Europe – Germany, Austria and Hungary.

Fish

One of the most popular lucky foods to eat on New Year’s Eve is fish. The tradition is centuries old and is practiced across cultures around the world, each with their own unique recipes and practices on the types of fish to eat for good luck. Why fish? Many believe it’s because the Catholic Church observes eating fish on religious holidays. Others believe it’s due to fish is easily preserved and transportable inland, making it a tradition that has persisted for generations.

 

At Popcorn Palace, we celebrate a tradition of bringing people joy with the tasty treat of gourmet popcorn. All of our popcorn is made with natural flavors and ingredients and sealed in a beautiful decorative tin for freshness. We offer a boundless assortment of flavors, from Milk Chocolate Drizzle to our colorful Fruit Rainbow made with real fruit flavors in every bite.

We also offer a 12-Month Flavor Club with for a new year full of flavor. When you sign-up for the 12-Month Flavor Club membership you’ll receive a 1-gallon popcorn bag for 12-months, each with a flavor of your choosing, and a free bowl and scoop from Popcorn Palace. You’ll only pay for the 1st month’s shipping, giving you 11 months shipping free! For more information about our gourmet popcorn or our 12-Month Flavor Club, fill out the form below and a popcorn expert will contact you shortly.

[1] “History of the New Year’s Eve Ball” Time Square. http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/about-the-new-years-eve-ball/history-of-the-new-years-eve-ball/index.aspx#.VmV7H_krLIW

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