As the holiday season comes to a close, there is one celebration left that will set the tone for your entire year. Planning a UNIQUE New Year’s Eve party under the stars is a great way to enjoy the fleeting moments of 2017 and welcome in 2018! And just a few simple tips can make your outdoor living area the perfect venue for a New Year’s Eve party.

Keep the Menu Fun

Your outdoor living space is the spot to promote mingling and casual fun to ring in the New Year. And your outdoor kitchen is the perfect place for a buffet of finger foods and appetizers. Bacon makes everything taste better. A platter of bacon wrapped jalapenos, water chestnuts and potato wedges is easy to prepare ahead of time and heat up on the grill as needed. Warm marinated olives provide a UNIQUE flavor without being too filling. And baked mozzarella sticks are always a favorite. And if you have planned ahead when designing your outdoor kitchen, then you can certainly put your outdoor pizza oven to great use. Not only will your guests enjoy the amazing fresh treat but they will also have fun creating their own custom pizza toppings at a build your own pizza station.

Add the Element of Fire

Any fire pit or fireplace seems to add both intrigue and intimacy to an outdoor party. Guests tend to congregate around the fire and enjoy the cozy feel and good company. It is a feature that is both functional and visually appealing. Children enjoy roasting marshmallows or making s’mores and adults will appreciate the ability to gently warm a brandy, rum or glass of cider. And the soft glow of the flames cannot be beat for that perfect ambiance of a special evening.

Outdoor Formal is UNIQUE

Ringing in the New Year is all about sparkles of silver and gold but not on your best crystal. Outdoor hard surfaces are not forgiving so it is best to stick to non-breakable dinnerware and glasses. You can still dress up the occasion with silver and gold plastic cutlery and fancy unbreakable plates. You will even be able to raise a toast at midnight in a champagne flute but at the end of the night everything is disposable and clean up done in only minutes. This is the perfect way to end your celebration knowing that you won’t be facing a sink full of dishes and glassware in the morning.

Create the Perfect Mood

To add a UNIQUE touch to your outdoor living space, consider adding lighted floats to your pool and spa or create a dazzling display with UNIQUE lighting integrated into your pool and water features. The final component to any great celebration is music. Today’s all weather sound systems allow you to enjoy the same sound quality outdoors as you do inside your home. Now all that you have left to do is join your guests and enjoy a fabulous New Year’s Eve under the stars.