My friends and I coined a phrase to describe our “social selves” pre-mommyhood: Professional Group Partiers. Let’s be honest– we were the New Year’s Eve party essentials back in the day…
Basically, this term meant that we knew how to plan, execute and show up for the ultimate party or group outing, whether it was a ‘Winter White Holiday Party’ (i.e. the photo above) or a party bus excursion to the wineries on Long Island’s North Fork.
PGP’s knew what to bring. We knew how to RSVP and show up on time. PGP’s knew how to have FUN.
So, in thinking about New Year’s Eve this year, I thought I should share MBMom’s version of PGP New Year’s Eve party essentials:
Professional Child Care
Your #1 party priority: Having someone qualified (and sober) watch your kids and your guests’ kids!
Good thing there are services like Delray’s KCC Sitter Source who charge affordable group child care rates and will send one or more amazing sitters to your home/restaurant/hotel/party venue to entertain your kids until midnight or “midnight” at 9PM.
I doubt there’s a parent in the bunch who wouldn’t chip in for a party savior like this!
A Dessert Bar
New Year’s Eve parties tend to start later in my experience…9PM or so is the perfect time to kick off cocktail hour, put on your dancing shoes and wait for the ball to drop at midnight.
A PGP would forgo a stuffy and expensive dinner or buffet and set up the ultimate dessert table instead.
I’ve hired Brandy’s Bites who is going to set up a display of cake, cupcakes, donuts and other goodies for my guests to nosh on while the champagne is flowing. Dessert is easy to serve, the display will look beautiful in photographs and ringing in 2015 is the perfect excuse to ignore calories for an evening in my expert opinion.
You can check out some examples of Brandy’s work on Instagram here.
Booze & Bubbly
Of course I ordered a case (OK, maybe 2) of wine for my upcoming soiree. I also asked each of my guests to bring a bottle of bubbly, which a PGP would consider a festive (not unreasonable) request.
Plus, extras can be made into mimosas for brunch the next day!
The last thing you want on New Year’s Eve (or any party for that matter) is to RUN OUT of drinks for your guests. That’s a PGP’s worst nightmare.
A Designated Driver
This goes without saying MBMoms, right?
Cheers to an amazing time on New Year’s Eve, whatever you decide to do!
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