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Last-minute party-hosting tips from the professionals

Last-minute party-hosting tips from the professionals

Xanthe Clay
30 DECEMBER 2016

New Year’s Eve is the blowout of the year, a last blast for the festive season. If you’re having a party, you’ll be under pressure to make sure everyone hasagood time. It turns out that even the professionals feel the stress when they are hosting a party at home.

So how do they deal with big bash on their own territory? I talked to some of the top caterers and party organisers in the country to find out their best advice for a never-to-be-forgotten New Year’s Eve party.

Before the party starts

Most importantly, says Clare Latimer, former caterer to John Major at 10 Downing Street, “Check your radio isworking to ring in midnight.” You’ll have decided where the coats are going to go and checked the bathrooms are well stocked with towels, soap, loo paper and a scented candle. For large parties it’s best to delegate door duty, with a name list to check if necessary – at a party I went to recently held by a TV foodie, a gaggle of gleeful preteens formed a thorough vetting party at the entrance, taking coats and ticking off names.
Latimer advises, “Have another wave of snacks ready for post- midnight euphoria – or depression. Something frivolous, like bright pink candyfloss or popcorn. You can pop the corn at midnight. Better than any display of fireworks.”

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