Averting a Crisis at Your New Year’s Eve Party

Everything is set and ready to go, the perfect invitations, incredible food, and a luxe bottle of champagne on ice.  Before your guests arrive, make sure that you take note on how to avoid any party mishap from some of the biggest experts in the party planning biz.


If everyone is standing against a wall and not mingling, make sure to have an “ice breaker game where couples can be paired together” ready to put into action.  Sara Dahmen fromGolden Chic Events suggests the old stand by of “having famous names of couples taped onto people’s backs when they arrive” to a more serious activity such as “tying wrists together. Getting everyone into the party mood right away is great if you can do something whimsical, funny, and inclusive.”


Sara also reminds hosts to:


  • Avoid open flames when guests are being served alcohol.

  • Put extra towels and toilet paper in the bathrooms.

  • Pre-set the table and use sticky notes inside bowls and trays so you don’t forget what goes where.

Her last bit of advice…”If all else fails, you’ll have next year to get it right again.”

Sara Dahmen, founder and owner of Golden Chic Events & Consulting in Milwaukee WI, has a background in broadcast television, radio, and print production, as well as corporate event coordination. A graduate of Marquette University, her gala extravaganzas are now legends in the city.  From the cult “Milwaukeewood” Hollywood events to the nationally award winning BED charity events, red carpet events for movies such as Public Enemies to luscious, unique, and custom designed weddings of all sizes, Sara’s hands-on process usually involves having her clients over for dinner and staying in touch with her couples (and their families) for many years after their weddings.  She has been featured on national TV, in national blogs such as Style Me Pretty, in international wedding magazines such as Brides and PINK Weddings and wrote as a contributing editor for Veil Magazine for over five years.  In her spare time, Sara reads The Economist, works on her kitchenware line, and plays with her three young children.


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