To ensure the New Year’s countdown stays on schedule and goes off without a hitch, get your guests involved – assign them each fun “jobs” to keep the holiday festivities merry, bright — and on time!
Write “jobs” down on 3×5 note cards and attach them to noise makers – with each card containing a certain task and time slot when it should be completed (i.e. turn on NBC at 10 pm, Make sure all of the guests have their noisemakers at 11:45 pm, turn down the music at 11:55 pm, etc.) – then place them in a big bowl or hang them on the hangers on the coat rack for guests to take as they hang their coats. The cards will give guests a time to start counting down to the New Year so that the big moment doesn’t catch you (the host) by surprise while serving the double purpose of being a great decoration for the party!
Turn on NBC – 10 PM
Chill Champagne – 10:30 PM
30-Minute Warning – 11:30 PM
De-foil Champagne – 11:30 PM
Gather Champagne Glasses – 11:30 PM
Pass out Noise Makers – 11:30 PM
15-Minute Warning – 11:45 PM
Pass out Champagne Glasses – 11:45 PM
10-Minute Warning – 11:50 PM
5-Minute Warning – 11:55 PM
Turn Town the Party Music – 11:55 PM
Turn up the volume on the TV – 11:55 PM
3-Minute Warning – 11:57 PM
2-Minute Warning – 11:58 PM
1-Minute Warning – 11:59 PM
30-Second Warning – 11:59:30 PM
15-Second Warning – 11:59:45 PM
10-Second Warning (Countdown Begins) – 11:59:50 PM
POP & Pour Champagne – 12:00 AM (one per 10 people)
Cue “Auld Lang Syne” on the Stereo – 12:01 AM
Turn Up the Party Music – 12:05 AM
Seen on the TODAY Show.