Theme Party Ideas For New Year's

Try one of these five theme party ideas for New Year's, and bid farewell to 2013 with flair.

If there’s one holiday that’s synonymous with celebration, it’s New Year’s Eve. This year, ring in 2014 by throwing your own soiree. Try one of these five theme party ideas, and bid farewell to 2013 with flair.

Speakeasy Style. Turn back time with a Roaring ‘20s party. Convert your home into a speakeasy, and ask guests to don suits and flapper dresses, plus hats, pearls, pin curls and bright red lipstick. (Tommy guns optional.) Serve hooch in galvanized metal tubs, and play tunes from the era, like one of these playlists from 8Tracks. And make sure there’s room to do the Charleston.

Bond—James Bond. If cocktails and cards are more your style, a James Bond casino party might be right on the Moneypenny. Serve Vesper martinis as your signature cocktail — it’s what 007 drank in the Bond books — and rent card tables and a roulette wheel. Ask guests to dress in black-tie finery or as their favorite Bond girl or bad guy.

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Tick Tock. Commemorate the passage of time with a clock-themed event. Hit thrift stores to find vintage clocks of all shapes and sizes to arrange on tables and mantelpieces. (Make sure they aren’t wound or turned on, to prevent a cacophony of ticking and ringing.) To keep things from looking like the Mad Hatter’s tea party, choose a sophisticated color palette, such as the gold-and-white one on Hostess With the Mostess.

Whodunit?. Get your guests in on the act by staging a murder-mystery party. Find ideas, menus and downloadable kits for “killer” themes, including the Wild WestOrient Express or the 1950s. Invite friends who are game to assume a character for a little while, serve themed food and drinks, and save the big reveal for when the clock strikes 12.

Fresh Start. Nearly every one of your guests will be making a resolution or two come morning, so get them off to a good start with a “clean slate” party. Seen on papermaker Loralee Lewis’ blog, this simple yet refined theme was inspired by the chalkboard trend and uses a black-and-white palette for both the décor and the food.