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Home – The best New Year Party destination!

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December is upon us and with it so is the end of 2013. Surely, Christmas is one huge highlight of this month (the details of which constitute an entirely different blog) but there is also another event, one celebrated across the planet, that stands sentinel at the end of the year. Yes, we are talking about the ever exciting end of the year and the beginning of the new one.

Having a plan for the New Year is a pre-requisite and cooler the plan, the higher is your rating on the hipster scale. Though we start thinking about this one a few months before it actually arrives, we usually end up at nothing concrete until the last few days as you don’t want anything to go wrong with it and want it to be better than the last few years. So, along with the F&B and a guest list that has a tendency of changing at hourly intervals, comes the most important factor – the venue.
New Year parties have been known to erupt in locations ranging from shady dorms to the best night clubs on the planet earth. The grandeur of the venue is often directly proportional to the budget allocated for the event. But, what if there was a way to ensure that less is more? Apparently, as most metro citizens have discovered, there is a way. This way we are talking about also goes by the name ‘House parties’.

17According to the Wikipedia definition, a house party is ‘typically a type of party where medium to large groups of people gather at the residence of the party’s host. In modern usage, a house party is typically associated with teenage or young adult crowds, loud music and dancing. Historically, the term has also referred to more genteel gatherings at country estates, lasting anywhere from several days to weeks.’
Pubs and clubs with their million and one restrictions have made letting down your hair and partying hard a distant possibility. That, along with the excessive amounts spent on food and alcohol rarely makes such outings worth the money. If the venue is an unfamiliar one, it’s difficult to feel ‘at home’ there and because of these reasons most people are going the house party way.
And who said a house party cannot be compared to the likes of those happening at the best nightspots? Businesses have also noticed the rising trend and have specialized services meant to help you plan, feed, and even clean up after your bash.
So, decide what your 2013 theme is going to be, get that guest list ready to the last guest and welcome the new year right from the comforts of your home and with the people who matter the most. Are you game?

House-warming Do’s and Dont’s

Congratulations for a new home! Surely, after signing all the lines and the keys finally in your hand, you may be breathing a sigh of relief.

There’s no place like home that puts a warm smile on your face and gladdens family and friends. You now know it’s worth every pleasure to celebrate a new leg in your life. This calls for a celebration and what better than a house-warming to share all the happiness and joys of a new home.

As you’re planning for a house-warmings, there are a number of things you need to plan from inviting guests, arranging food to sending invites. It’s organising which is the real deal, so here are a few do’s & don’ts that’ll leave an evergreen memory for all on that day to remember.

1] Plan & delegate: Hawaiian luau’s are the best example where everyone willingly helps arrange,decorate, invite, cook, serve & entertain to create that perfect ambiance of warmth. The Aloha spirit & ‘Ohana’ that comes together, leaves you as the host to soak in everything special about this moment of celebration.

2] Go Green & Save: When it comes to any celebration, the host often brings out the best crockery & cutlery that’s the pride of a home maker. Then again, (going green) things like paper plates, recycled napkins, finger foods et al add _____________. Not forgetting fresh fruits juices, lemonades or infused teas that are really great & healthy. Think about natural lighting or CFL (compact fluorescent lights) that are really great energy savers.

3] Theme based Party: Allow you to explore your creative genius to innovate and brings out the lover, artist, musician in you. It could be a traditional Dawat e Khas or a Chaat & Chatorey Fest. From Bollywood to Desi-Dehati you could play with colours and shades, mix & match a riot of food, art music & what not to liven up the event. A modest garden party for an outdoor feel with a pond or pool, potted plants & hanging gardens with fragrant flowers, small garden tables could also be something fantastic.

4] Give-aways: The best thing for people to remember about you & your housewarming are ‘give-aways.’ The easiest gifts can be sourced from households articles to DIY kits that come in all shapes & sizes and an even better way to put them to use is create nifty take away gifts like decorated keepsakes or mementos to handy things like home grown greens & fruits to colourful wall hangings & posters.

House-warmings are a fun way to break the ice betweens family, friends, new neighbours, people who live down the hall or lane. The joie de vivre continues into lifelong friendships & builds trust that grow beyond walls, gardens & boundaries. House-warmings are the best place to shine in front of your guests, making them feel special & always welcomed into your new home. Congratulations, once again!