By Jennifer Merritt
Updated Dec 27, 2014 @ 1:20 pm
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Below is an excerpt from “Our Tips for the Perfect New Year's Party,” which originally appeared on Food52. Read the full story at

Here at Food52, we like to party. So we searched for the best recipes and most beautiful things to make entertaining easier and more fun. Today: How to throw the kind of party you really want—New Year's Eve edition.

In regard to New Year’s Eve, people either eagerly await the opportunity to drink Champagne while wearing sequins, or they consider it as over-hyped as high school prom.

Whichever side you take, we think New Year's can be the best party of the year for everyone. It’s all about the approach. (If you love it already, then we don’t need to convince you -- just pick up some of these Prosecco glasses and some party horns and start planning your outfit.)

If you’re on the fence, you’ve likely had some bad experiences. Maybe you've been spooked by bad party appetizers, or unsolicited midnight kisses, or forced Champagne consumption when you really wanted a beer. Allow us to let you in on a little secret: New Year's is just a mandatory party. And really, why fight that?

Here’s how to make your New Year’s Eve perfect, whether you like over-the-top celebrations or prefer a cold IPA, a fireplace, and pajamas.

For the full story, check out "Our Tips for the Perfect New Year's Party" on Food52.