If you want to keep partying long enough to last past midnight, then you'll want to begin the festivities late in the evening. Too early and you risk guests getting tired, or even worse, bored before the new year rolls in. Plan the ceremony for after dinner time, followed by late-night appetizers throughout the evening. Another option would be to host a dinner before the ceremony, then get married just before midnight at the reception.
Serve Traditional Foods
You can incorporate foods that are traditionally considered to bring good luck to the diner in the coming year. Some say that pork is the only meat that you should eat on this particular holiday. The reasoning is that chickens scratch backwards, cows stand still, but pigs root forward, just as you should move forward into the new year rather than looking back.
Lentils are another food that is said to bring good luck when eaten, helping to usher in a prosperous new year. Some seem to think that it may be because the roundness resembles coins. As a matter of fact, round foods are encouraged in general on New Year's Eve.
Make sure that you have a lot of white grapes available for all of your guests to nibble on at midnight too. In Spain, it is customary to eat one grape for each month of the year at midnight, taking in a grape at every midnight strike of the clock.
Get Ready For The Countdown
In addition to having plenty of white grapes handy, midnight toasts are a must. Most people expect a champagne toast at midnight, but if you aren't a drinker, there's always sparkling cider to replace it with. Your band or DJ should be able to pull off an entertaining countdown to midnight, and make sure that they have "Auld Lang Syne" cued up to dance to after everyone indulges in their romantic midnight kiss.
You will also want to make sure that noisemakers get passed out before the clock strikes twelve. One way to get them to everyone could be to incorporate them into the table settings or even the centerpieces. Making a lot of noise at midnight isn't just for fun. It was originally done to scare away any evil spirits that might try to follow you into the new year. Top it all off with a fun balloon drop and maybe even a few sparklers.
Have Fun With Favors
New Year's Eve lends to some pretty cute favor ideas. You could send everyone home with pocket calendars for the coming year, and maybe even go the extra step of inserting a few special dates to remember. Hangover kits are a great idea for a reception that includes drinking. A small bag with some aspirin, a bottle of water, gum, antacids, and possibly breath mints. Whatever they might possibly need for "the morning after."
Last but not least, don't forget about the black eyed peas. This is one final tradition to send your guests home with. Eating black eyed peas on New Year's Day is said to bring good luck and financial good fortune for the coming year. They suggest that you strive to eat one pea for every day of the coming year on January 1st.
A Whole Year To Plan
While these ideas are a bit late for this year, you've got an entire year to plan an amazing New Year's Eve 2018 wedding at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville. If this sounds like a good possibility for your ceremony and reception, give us a call at Country Jewell before the date gets booked. What a wonderful way to start your brand new life together!
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