Venues are overpriced and the roads are insane. Take matters into your own hands this year by inviting your hippest friends over for the party of all parties. All you need is some good food, killer entertainment and fun decorations – all available from retailers in the RCS shopping network – to set the mood.

Food and drinks
Get smart and host your party later in the evening to avoid serving a full dinner. Light snacks allow friends to mingle and you can’t go wrong with cheese and crackers, chip and dip and an assortment of colourful mocktails. Rounds of Camembert and Brie will cost you R30 each at Pick n Pay and the new lentil, hummus and quinoa chips from Checkers (R29.95) are delicious.

To avoid a nasty pile of dishes at the end of the night, order a few packs of gold and white polka dot cups and plates from Superbalist (R69). You’ll also find some interesting party dishes at your local home stores: let guests pour their drinks from a Mini Beehive Beverage Dispenser (R219, Home Etc.) and dig their hands into a Trifle Bowl (R399, Home Etc.) filled with marshmallows or Smarties.

 

Décor
No party would be complete without a good old string of fairy lights somewhere in the house. For the small spend of R45 at Game, you can create big atmosphere. Scroll the pages of Superbalist for a wide variety of party décor – some cheerful pink Floral Tissue Fans (R99) and Confetti Balloons (R69) will brighten up your party space. For a bit of old-school fun, hit up the Crazy Store to find party poppers and a variety of glow sticks (R9.99-R19.99).

 

Entertainment
Now to make the night one to remember. Your phone’s speaker might not be up for the task of a New Year’s party so you’ll probably need a Bluetooth speaker to assist. The JBL Pulse 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (R4 299, HiFi Corp) will give you sensational sound and an interactive light show. You can connect three different devices and it’ll keep you dancing for up to 10 hours.

Feel the adrenaline rush of performing live on stage and let your guests rock out to their favourite songs with Guitar Hero Live for Xbox and PlayStation (R1 499, Incredible Connection).

Capture all the crazy New Year’s memories with an extendable MiVision selfie stick (R250, DionWired), complete with a built-in Bluetooth button on the handle.

 

And to kill time before the big countdown, check out these party essentials:
• Charades (R449, Superbalist), Monopoly World Edition (R549.90, Toys R Us) and Twister (R370.90, Toys R Us)
• Assorted photobooth props from R89 at Superbalist
• Fill a Unicorn Piñata (R249, Superbalist) with your favourite treats and get swinging.

Just remember to warn your neighbours… or invite them to join in the festivities.

* Prices were correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.

 

PARTY ON!

Swipe your RCS Card at South Africa’s leading stores, and get everything you need for your New Year’s Eve party! You can use your RCS Card at any of these stores.