Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

The best part of every new year, is that we bring it in the same way.  A celebration!  Good friends, good times, good music, good food and drink, what a better way to kick off this holiday? If you’re throwing a New Years Eve party this year, now is the time to start thinking ahead.  There are things you can do to make your party a real hit.

What everybody always does (yawn):

a) Put out food and munchies

b) Have mixes and ice

c) Has the stereo going with decent music

d) Watch the apple drop (east coast), or the space needle drop (west coast) on TV

e) Invite a bunch of friends over. Watch as the night progresses and people drink themselves silly.

That’s often usually good enough – and fine, but wouldn’t you rather do something a bit more special this year?

Here’s some New Years Eve party ideas:

1) Setup a group game like Pictionary or Win, Lose, or Draw.

Basically all you do is get a whiteboard (with dry erase markers) or even a chalk board will do
Visit a thrift store, and you can find actual Pictionary cards, or even simple Trivia cards can work too, where the answers can words you have to draw

The idiotic drawings people inevitably make bursts the room into laughter, almost every time.

2) Karaoke

No body wants to sing at the beginning of the night, but by the time the night is over, everyone finds themselves wanting to be on the mic.

Karaoke machines are cheap these days. You can pick one up for under $100, they usually connect to your big screen TV with RCA cables too!

They need CD+G compact discs, but these are easily found. Just contact your local Target, Walmart, or Best Buy – they know what you are looking for..

3) Who am I game

Everyone gets a piece of paper taped to them with a famous person written on it.  They can only ask questions that yield a yes or no answer.

For instance, if you had Elvis taped to your forehead or your back. You’d ask questions like, “Am I man?”, “am I a musician?”, “am I alive or dead?”

Certain famous people would yield interesting questions, and interesting answers. Think of controversial famous people and it’ll be a hoot.

4) Quarters: Drinking Game

All it requires is a quarter and a cup.  Each player tries to bounce a quarter off the table. If they succeed in getting it to land into the cup, they

can appoint anyone else to have to take a drink.  If the player misses, they take a drink.

5) Make up the best man

First two male contenders.  Each man goes into a separate room, and the room splits off into two teams. Try and see who can create the best wo-MAN with makeup.

There are hundreds more – you can Google them into your heart is content.  Planning one or two of these for your guests will make the night a lot more memorable and generate a lot of laughs.  Get creative and think of some ideas that you think your guests would be willing to do..

I’d be interested in hearing any of your own ideas that you’ve tried before, and turned out to be a real hit. For me, the Win, Lose, or Draw / Pictionary idea works well every time, but we only do it after people have a buzz on and their guard is down.  It is not something you want to try too early in the evening.

Have a safe, fun, New Years Eve!

Your comments?

“There is more where that came from” — an evil saying – stay away from it at all costs!

When I had more that I needed, and spent it without a care, I believed in the old age saying There is more where that came from.. now, after there is “no more”, I realize how foolish I was.

There was a time that I was making money faster than I could spend it.  NO – I wasn’t rich – I just had a solid income. My bills were paid, all of the staples were covered. I had money for taxes, my accountant, my medical bills, insurance, house payments — everything was paid.

So I would end up with “extra” every week or two. That meant to me (at the time) it was extra I could spend carelessly, because…


..and I believed in that adage.. As long as money was pouring in, and I met my expenses, and things should only get better, there was always more where that came from – I was free, happy, and deserving because I had worked hard to get to that point in my life.

So we use to go to fancy restaurants, and tip good servers (Waiters/Waitresses) well. We use to stay in above average Hotels, and enjoy the good life. We spent the first half of our years working like dogs to finally get to the point where we had extra cash, and there was more on the way.

That worked for awhile, when we were ahead of the game. It felt great. I never saw an end in sight.

I’d do silly things like accidentally blow $600 in a night at a local casino, but I wouldn’t worry. “There is more where that came from”. — All of this was legal. I had a small business, that was growing to become a medium business – it was all legit. $600 casino nights were par for the course.


          ..then it happened..




The economy turned. Competition moved in, we began struggling to keep even. Then it got even worse. No longer were we struggling to keep even – we were struggling to just pay the bills. Then it got worse. Now we were not only choosing which bills got paid, but we were wondering whether we could keep the house, the car, and whether or not we could keep our fridge full of food.

That’s how easily it happened to us — and how easily it could happen to anyone.

So whoever invented the phrase “there is more where that came from” was obviously drunk, disillusioned, or just plain stupid. That is one phrase or cliche we could all do without.

Never should you believe that there is more where that came from – because that only holds true for a short period of time. It may be weeks, months, or even a couple years. Eventually the MORE stops – and there is no more WHERE THAT CAME FROM.

Instead, things like “SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY” or “PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE” are real solid pieces of advice that people need to hold true to their heart.

Just when you work so hard all your life to have the “extra” — no one is there to tell you to save it, and keep it, because life as you know it today, can change on a dime tomorrow. That’s pretty much on how fast life turned for the worst for us – on a dime.

One day we’re sitting pretty, and the next day, we’re wondering what’s happening.


If I would have read a blog post like this – maybe I wouldn’t be in the boat I’m in…

I feel better about sharing this information – if it helps you, please take the 2 minutes to comment.