The holidays aren’t quite over yet. If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, Associate Art Director and party planner extraordinaire Niki Forner has you covered with a handful of tips.

Every year over the holidays, I pride myself on hosting a few lavish get-togethers for my friends and family, complete with festive appetizers, seasonal cocktails and decked-out décor.

This year, my husband and I are planning a small New Year’s Eve gathering… while simultaneously renovating our kitchen. It’s making things more than a little interesting—and making my plans more than a little last minute.

But, whether you’re new to playing the hosting game, or if you’re just planning a party on a tight timeline (like me!), don’t fret. Follow my go-to tips, and you’ll have a stress-free, fabulous way to kick off the new year… or to celebrate any special occasion, all year long!

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