The merriness of the festive season always goes hand in hand with a couple of drinks, resulting in an increase of drunk driving and evidently more accidents and fatalities. Why go down that route if you can have the best New Year’s Eve party in the comfort of your own home?
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Pretoria’s weather allows for some of the best al fresco events one could wish for. What better way to enter the new year than with a dash of fairy lights brightening up the garden, some trendy G&Ts, a couple of canapes and a South African braai or a specially prepared dinner for friends and family?
Throwing the best party doesn’t have to be difficult. These days you can hire almost anything – from chefs to mobile bars. Chef Knows Best’s slogan says it as it is: Don’t cook, just book. They provide a variety of menus, from a braai menu to pass around cocktails. They even offer waiter services, which means all you have to worry about is entertaining your guests. With experience in 5-star hotels and even the Rovos Rail, Patron Chef Wayne Burgin definitely knows best when it comes to catering for special events.
There are also numerous mobile bars to choose from that cater to the Gauteng area and surrounds. Liquid Chefs Mobile is a mobile bar that will be able to take care of your every need when it comes to alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages.
You might not be drinking and driving, but your guests will. Uber operates all around Pretoria and is literally just a click away. Or, if you’re keen on spoiling your guests and splurging a little, why not consider hiring a limo? Execuride should do this service justice. www.execuride.co.za
If you’re more of a do-it-yourself kind of party planner, there are numerous recipes and routes to follow to ensure the perfect New Year’s Eve bash. The simpler, the more elegant I always say. A few candles scattered around the house will do the trick. If you’re keen on hosting a party, but your budget is tight, consider hosting it later in the evening when everyone has completed their dinner plans. That way you don’t have to worry about preparing dinner – canapes and drinks will do. In South Africa, we are used to the bring and braai concept. There is also nothing wrong with inviting your guests to BYOB (bring your own booze). If you are not comfortable asking your guests to bring their own drinks, keep it simple by providing only the basics – beers and wines.
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Last, but not least, a barking dog can easily be a party pooper. We all know the impact that firecrackers have on pets during the festive season. Helping your pets cope with fireworks could make it easier on you and your guests. Let them get a lot of exercise earlier that day and keep them inside. Some human companionship always helps too.
That’s it, folks! Have a jolly New Year’s Eve.
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