17 New Year's Eve Party Themes to Close Out the Year With a Bang

Make your NYE party even more fun with an exciting (or totally relaxing) party theme. This year will be one for the books!

Updated November 20, 2023
Friends celebrating New Year's Eve

So you've decided you want to throw a New Year's party, but you aren't sure what the theme should be. Whether you're hosting an adult or kids New Year's Eve party, there are plenty of exciting ideas to choose from to kick off the new year with a bang.

Creative New Year's Eve Themes and Ideas

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to gather loved ones for a fun night of celebrating. One of the best ways to get folks pumped up to party is with a theme they can get on board with. To save you some trouble, we've come up with some themes that could work for a variety of age groups to make sure this NYE is the best yet! 

  • Best of (Year)
  • Going Green
  • Food Board Party
  • Cozy Cabin Escape
  • 80s Prom 
  • Eras
  • Glow Rave
  • Spa Party
  • Casino Night
  • Give Back
  • Manifesting Good Things
  • New York, New York
  • Game Night
  • Masquerade Ball
  • Around the World
  • Psychic Party
  • Western Cowboy

Best of (Year)

Have everyone come with something they consider to be the best of the past year. Get as creative with this as you want!

The best new recipe you tried, the best song or album, best movie, best moment in sports, best new restaurant you tried — prepare to share so everyone can swap recommendations. Ask a few people to bring something tangible like a food or cocktail to make it even more fun! 

Going Green

Appetizers on a table at outdoor party

The newest and hottest idea for ringing in the new year is hosting a green New Year's Eve party. Eco-friendly parties are good for the planet, and they motivate guests to set some green resolutions for the year ahead. One goal of a green New Year's Eve is to eliminate waste, so skip the pads of paper for writing down resolutions. Encourage friends to share their resolutions on a whiteboard or chalkboard. Some ideas to get your guests brainstorming include:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room
  • Unplug appliances when they're not in use
  • Reduce driving by biking or carpooling to work or school
  • Stop buying plastic water bottles
Quick Tip

To liven up the party, serve organic champagne and locally-grown organic foods. To make the theme work, remember to avoid disposable plates and only use cloth napkins.

Food Board Party

Food board

If you've seen the viral TikTok trend of food board parties and want to try it, now's your chance! Just pick a theme, like one of these, for your board night and run with it!

  • Color boards
  • Dips
  • Snack or junk food
  • Carb loading
  • Around the world

Cozy Cabin Escape

New years eve cabin party

Glitz and glam not really your thing? Go with a cabin in the woods theme for your New Year's Party.

Buffalo plaid accents, camp-themed foods and cocktails, and even a bonfire if weather permits. You could totally rent out a cabin Airbnb if you want the full experience, but with the right touch, you can transform your party space to feel like you've escaped to a woodland retreat.

80s Prom

portrait of a couple at Prom

For a bigger New Year's event with more attendees, an 80s prom would be a super fun throwback where people can get dressed up and dance the night away.

It doesn't necessarily have to be 1980s-themed, but can you imagine feeling like you're in a scene from Pretty in Pink?  Absolutely magical. Don't forget to spike the punch!

Eras Tour


Come one, you didn't think we'd leave T-Swift out, did you? Since her Eras tour was probably one of the bigger moments in pop culture, it makes sense to have this as your New Year's party theme.

Everyone can dress in whatever "era" they want (just as you would for her concert), listen to Taylor Swift all night long, stream Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (the movie), and just have a blast. 

Glow Rave

Girl with fluorescent body paint dancing

Amp things up with a glow rave theme. Glowlights, house music, fog machines, the whole shebang. Only you know if your friends would be into this, but if they are, talk about a memorable way to ring in the New Year!

Spa Party

Organic spa cosmetic on marble background

If loud music and dancing aren't your thing, then perhaps pampering is. You can hire a massage therapist and manicurist to come over for a real spa day to relax after a long year and a hectic holiday season. 

To go along with your spa party, serve guests herbal teas, bottled water, fresh fruit, and a variety of healthy appetizers, such as fresh vegetables and hummus, endive filled with goat cheese, and bruschetta topped with tomatoes and basil.

Casino Night

Friends having fun at a glamourous casino's party

Casino night is a popular New Year's Eve party theme. Think Monte Carlo instead of Atlantic City when planning a casino-themed party. Guests can dress in full black tie and go for all-out glamor while they play craps, blackjack, and roulette. Set up tables with different games for your guests to enjoy and pass out fake money for them to use. 

There's also plenty of opportunity here for a midnight buffet, a full bar, or casino-themed desserts like a cute "dice" brownie.

Give Back

Collecting food in a food drive

Gather a group of family and friends and do a project to benefit the community. Some ways to give back include:

  • Volunteering at a soup kitchen
  • Giving money to a charity of your choice
  • Donating food to the local food bank
  • Helping clean up an area of the community
  • Visiting residents in a nursing home

Manifesting Good Things

Woman lying on floor meditating

Take your resolutions to the next level with the power of manifestation. This could look like creating vision boards, trying the powerpoint night trend, writing out special mantras and affirmations, bullet journaling, or all of the above! Whatever you choose to do, keep the focus on exactly what you want your future to look like and how to make it happen.

New York, New York

12 o'clock on clock decorated with confetti and streamer

For another fun dress-up party, plan a New York, New York-themed party. Not everyone can get to Times Square for the midnight countdown, but they can channel the Big Apple wherever they are. Have guests dress in creative black tie and set the mood with Frank Sinatra and show tunes.

Quick Tip

Serve Manhattans and Champagne and decorate with images of sparkling cityscapes and glittery disco balls. And, of course, make sure to have one of the many countdowns on the TV so you can watch the ball drop in Times Square.

Game Night Gala

Friends playing cards at garden party

What better way to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new than spending time with the whole family? For a low-key, kid-friendly party, plan a game night.

Set up stations throughout the house with different games, from quieter ones like chess and checkers to more active games like Twister and Operation.

Don't forget, the key to a fun game night (besides the games) is plenty of yummy snacks. 

Masquerade Ball

Woman in masks

Go for a masquerade theme for your New Year's celebration by asking your guests to come in masks and dresses and suits.  Decorate with dark colors, like black, purple and red, and hang masquerade masks and streamers on the walls.

Since the masks will be the center for this theme, you can keep food and drink simple. Serve a big bowl of punch and have food pre-made for your guests to eat once they arrive. 

Around the World

Around the world

Transport your guests to locations around the world this New Year's Eve. You can set clocks for the various time zones and celebrate each time the clock strikes twelve. Set up areas that represent different destinations around the world, like Italy, France, China, or Australia.

Quick Tip

For each area, have decorations that match and food and drink options. For example, set up a table in the colors of Italy and serve Italian wine and a pasta dish. 

Psychic Party

Magic crystals for rituals

Give your guests a glimpse into the new year with a psychic party.  You can find psychics online and hire them to read palms, tarot cards, and tea leaves for your guests. Set the mood with crystal balls, dry ice (avoid touching, breathing, or consuming it), and glittery star decorations.

You can set up a light buffet and serve a festive punch so guests can have a bite to eat while waiting for their reading.

Western Cowboy

Woman with cowboy hat at new year's eve party

A western theme is perfect for a New Year's celebration because it's unexpected. You can ask everyone to dress in western wear, complete with cowboy hats and boots.

Jazz up this theme by using a red and black color scheme with plenty of silver accents. You can set up a Western buffet that includes barbeque meats, baked beans, cornbread, and chili.

Be sure to play country music and let your guests participate in a line or square dance!

Countdown to the New Year

No matter what theme you pick for your NYE party, gathering with family and friends is the best way to close out the year and get ready for a new one.  Have fun and get inspired for the future while creating everlasting memories.

17 New Year's Eve Party Themes to Close Out the Year With a Bang