What You Need to Host a Badass New Year's Eve Party
Think of this as what you need to host a badass New Year's Eve party in addition to your 2 primary ingredients of booze and food. These 2020 NYE party supplies fall into 6 major categories: food, as in food prep or service items; drinks, as in drinking vessels or accessories; decor; music; games; and general entertainment.
Ready or not, 2020 is coming, and if you're hosting a party to ring it in, better make sure you have the party supplies you need to make New Year's Eve 2019 worthy of the new decade that will follow it.
New Year's Eve party supply prices are listing as they were at printing. Prices are subject to change.
Decor: 3D Fireworks Light Bulbs
Halloween, Christmas, New Year's, the 4th of July, birthday parties, Netflix & chill...these 3D fireworks light bulbs would make delightful decor for pretty much every holiday and special occasion.
The LED bulbs achieve their 3D fireworks effects with an opaque exterior coating broken up by more translucent flecks. When the light shines through, it's diffused into a burst of spectral colors reminiscent of the celestial discos we love so much.
Entertainment: SingStand Home Karaoke System
I'm not much of a singer but I do enjoy going to the karaoke bar and singing Clarence Carter's smash hit "Strokin'" for all the ladies every now and again. Seems like I'm always one upped by a stocky guy in a flannel shirt and yellow puffy vest though. That dude sings "Alone" by Heart. Like, better than Heart. Mouth wide open, veins popping out of his forehead, beads of sweat accumulating on his logger's beard. I can't compete.
So best case scenario someone has a New Year's Eve party with an at-home karaoke machine set up and no dudes in flannel shirts and yellow puffy vests on the guest list.
Games: Cards Against Humanity
Make that Cards Against Humanity, plus any and all of its official and unofficial expansion packs.
Party games come (hard if you're this one) and go, but Cards Against Humanity, as long as it keeps growing and devolving as it has over the past decade, will never get old. It's truly the best adult group game invented since orgies.
Food: Tru Trio of Slow Cookers
What a crock of sh...azam! Piping-all-night dips, steaming appetizers, even hot roasts in waiting. Slow cookers have always made cooking for a crowd easier, and now I see Tru has heightened their hosting efforts too with this buffet-style trio.
Each unit has its own heating base housing a 2-1/2-quart stoneware insert, and individual heat controls with settings for low, high, and warm. A lid rest and serving spoons are also included.
Drinks: Sciabola del Sommelier - Champagne Sabre
Say "Happy New Year!" to the tune of a hacked-off head of a bottle of bubbles.
Fox Knives calls their Champagne sabres "Sciabola del Sommelier," the Italian translation of Champagne sabre, not because they're pompous wine snobs, but because all of these dramatic bottle beheaders are handcrafted in Maniago, Italy, and they speak Italian there. For its part, the town of Maniago is known for the smithing and production of steel blades used in all kinds of sharp tools, such as knives, scissors, and shears. The swords here come with your choice of nickel or bronze finished hilt, and a black lacquer wooden display stand. They also ship in a wrapping paper-ready Champagne crate for easy gift-giving.
Food: MagicalButter Cannabis Cooker
I don't know exactly what will put you and your guests on a "New Year New You" sort of path, but a product with the word "Magical" in its name sounds like a pretty good place to start.
MagicalButter, or MB2, is a kettle-sized device that extracts the THC from cannabis (plus botanicals from other herbs if you're into that sort of thing) and incorporates it into base ingredients for elaborate feel-good drinks, entrees, and desserts. Or just a nice piece of feel-good buttered toast to nurse your NYE hangover.
In a few simple steps and the literal push of a button, the cooker's micro-processor controls will draw out the herbs' botanicals and fold them into butter, oils, and alcohols in as little as 2 hours.
Decor: Life-Size Inflatable Elephant
It's New Year's Eve and Instagram is calling!
No, this is not a life-size African bush elephant, but at 10' long and 7' tall, calling this inflatable replica of nature's most majestic beast "life-size" isn't an exaggeration.
And the best part: as long as you weigh under 200 pounds, you can mount and ride your PVC pet Ellie.
Drinks: Don't F*ck Up the Table Coasters
No reason to mince words when it comes to protecting the 300-pound cherry wood table you just bought off Craigslist. Don't fuck up the table, Cornelius! It's a fine piece of furniture that deserves better than a surface full of rings and discoloration from your sweaty peach martinis and Midori Sours!
Don't Fuck Up the Table Coasters are crafted as fine as the message they communicate - carved from baltic birch wood, and hand stained and laser etched. Each measures 4" x 4" and is 1/4" thick. Coasters come in sets of 4.
Music: Pornosonic: Unreleased 70's Porn Music
Unreleased 70's porn music?! Is Pornosonic trying to tell me there are adult film tracks out there I haven't heard yet? Puh! Wuh! Well. I know what I'm sliding into my 2012 MacBook's CD player and hooking up to my Sonos this NYE.
For those who don't still have a laptop with a CD drive, or an old Discman laying around, you can also purchase Pornosonic: Unreleased 70's Porn Music in MP3 form. As an album or by individual tracks if you dig the sample of "Dick Dagger's Theme" (feat. Ron Jeremy) and "Spiderpussy," but feel like "Her Magic Carpet" and "Sex Starved Secretaries" don't have enough bass to make them worth the investment.
And I have even better news for Amazon Prime members - or any of you who need just one last nudge to join Prime: you can stream all 10 tracks from Pornosonic: Unreleased 70's Porn Music free with your membership.
Drinks: Igloo Party Bar Cooler with LiddUp Lighting
The Igloo Party Bar Cooler keeps the party lit up all night long courtesy of LiddUp technology. The Party Bar is built to Igloo cooler standards, and enjoys the brand's name recognition, but differentiates itself from other coolers for a crowd with LiddUp's through-ice LED lighting system. Adding nighttime visibility during drink selection and a moody-smooth glow through the cold, LiddUp takes this Igloo from mere ice chest to full-on Party Bar.
Entertainment: Party Popper Confetti Cannons
At first I thought they were called Party POOPer Confetti Cannons, but probably that's just because "party pooper" is what everyone is going to call me for not wanting these godforsaken trash bombs going off inside my condo. Kazoos and party horns and other noisemakers I'll deal with, but loose little bits of confetti I'll be picking out from every crevice of my home for the next year? You get the Party Popper Confetti Cannons and host a badass party. I'm fine with mine clocking in at just a'ight.
Games: Shocktato Party Game
To play a standard round of Shocktato, grab one or more friends, press the Start button, and begin passing the Idaho-sized russet back and forth or 'round and 'round as it plays festive music. Festive...and telling. If you're the poor SOB stuck with the Shocktato when the music stops, BZZZZZ! Enjoy a few volts of electricity. Maybe it will wake you up. Teach you not to be on the losing end of the tuber next time.
Shocktato also has an Extreme mode, which eliminates the music, and so gives no hint as to when the shock is coming. As a fun prank, maker Lightning Reaction suggests switching to Extreme mode, hitting Start, and just handing the Shocktato to someone to "check out." Again, that's Lightning Reaction's suggestion. Not mine. Not at all.
Food: Filthy Rich Cocktail Napkins
Wishful thinking for you and yours heading into 2020, plus a happy reminder of how much your beloved friends are worth to you.
And on New Year's Day, a memento of how much money you threw away on the damn party that left you feeling like Dante's 9th Circle of Hell. Don't worry though, you get to go back to work tomorrow and start earning it all back.
Drinks: Icicle Smokey Dry Ice Drink Stirrers
Icicle dry ice drink stirrers turn swizzle sticks into staffs of billowing smoke to accent your Old Fashioneds and add visual drama to your glasses of Champagne (which will complement the physical drama you'll feel the morning after downing a dozen of them). Icicles have bottom chambers that hold small chunks of dry ice and let them puff out their trademark smokey vapors while you drink.
Drinks: Plastic Chambongs
The Chambong is an elegant vessel used for the "rapid and enhanced" (and elegant!) consumption of sparkling wine. Just mind the bubbles, whose population density in champers is apparently, like, 4 times what it is in beer, as evidenced by an experience I had with my ex-girlfriend Karen in which we were at a fine dining restaurant and I attempted to down an entire glass of Moet before storming out in hurt and anger over her heartless words, but instead ended up choking and convulsing and gripping my throat croaking, "It burns! It burns!"
Drinks: Barsys Smart Coaster - Perfect Cocktails Every Time
Enabled by Smart Bar Technology by Barsys, the Coaster turns device owners into instant mixologists who can make thousands of cocktails at the click of a button. Users of the Coaster simply input their ingredients into the Barsys app, select the cocktail they would like to make, and place the glass or pitcher onto the Coaster surface. The lights change color to indicate when to start and stop pouring each ingredient, ensuring drinks taste exactly as they would at a cocktail bar in Manhattan.
Games: DropMix Music Gaming System
Mix tracks, play DJ, and throw down to win with the DropMix Music Gaming System. Up to 4 players draw hands of DropMix music cards, each containing songs by popular artists. Placing a card on the DropMix board activates its song, and adding more cards creates your custom mix. Play your cards right, and it'll be a winning mix.
DropMix cards span multiple music genres, including electronic, pop, and hip-hop, and your starter deck comes with 60 cards that can combine to make millions of remixes.
Games: Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner
Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner: 21 Daredevil Tricks to Impress Your Guests could be the party game of the season. From sabering a bottle of Champagne to hanging a pear on a string over 2 criss-crossed knives, and then cutting the string to quarter the pear (?!) this daredevil deck of stuff to do besides talk about religion and politics is sure to be a big hit at your next gathering.
It also might make a colossal mess, destroy the porcelain spaniel figurine your wife's grandma gave her, and put someone's eye, but hey. Most of the best parties do.
Decor: Please Leave By Party Banner
It's your party and you'll shut it down if you want to! I myself am partial to the Please Leave By 9 with no alternatives version, but this listing includes all the numbers on the clock face for you to insert after the "By." Pick 1, 2, 5, 7, whatever you're up for in the early hours of 2020, and let the sign maintain its integrity as a funny piece of party decor without labeling yourself a big ol' party pooper.
Party Favor: Toast! Before You Drink Gummies
To be provided upon entry not exit, my consummate hosts and hostesses!
I've seen "adult gummies" meant to get you F'd up, but Toast! Before You Drink Gummies are adult gummies that claim to prevent it. Or at least the hangover that follows. The market is already flooded with hangover cures and preventions, but Toast! Before You Drink Gummies believe they can give booze the ol' Care Bear Stare in a brand new, much simpler, and more effective way. According to Toast!, "Before You Drink Gummies are designed to stop the body's immune response [to alcohol] from ever happening."