This NYE, follow our guide to the best house party hacks

  • Compiled by team 48 Hours, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2015 17:46 IST


* Throw out leftovers from the fridge. You need to make space for drinks, chasers and dessert, and, most importantly, for ice.

* Don’t give your guests fridge access, or you might spend the night cleaning up a mess of glass and spilled beer. Get a drinks tub, fill it with ice, and shove in the beer bottles and chasers.

An ideal house party set-up (Illustration: Chetan Patil )

Living room

* The size of your living room should determine the size of your guest list. This is the focus area. Having a table (preferably the dining table) as the centre of attraction looks neat. Use flowers, candles, and place a few coffee table books.

* Place snacks on platters or cake stands. Decorate like it’s a feast.

* Use acrylic glasses. They look pretty, and are unbreakable.

* Use your crystal glasses only for wine (wine in plastic glasses looks cheap).

* Use martini glasses to serve a starter and small mason jars to serve salads.

* Take glass jars and vases in different sizes and fill them with candy, fruits or papier mâché flowers.

* Use fairy lights. They can transform any space.

The bathroom

* Light a scented candle to keep away smells and give the toilet great lighting.

The bar area

* Keep all the alcohol, chasers and ice on the bar (even if it’s a makeshift one). Use a chalk board with a stand and write down the five cocktails you’ve learnt to make.

* Light candles and place them in candle holders on the bar.

* If using plastic glasses, scribble names on them, Starbucks style. No more mixed up glasses.

The smoking zone

* Crack a small window open in one room only. If you have a balcony, make that the smoking zone.

- By Anjori Alagh, director and merchandiser,

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