5 tips for a successful New Year's Eve party

Ball and fireworks
The fireworks explode as the Waterford crystal ball is raised at the beginning of Times Square New Year's celebration, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 in New York.
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The hosts of The Dinner Party Download are always offering up ways to "win your dinner party," so we've called them up to ask about one of the biggest party nights of the year: New Year's Eve.

5 tips for a successful New Year's Eve party

1. Pick your guest list like you're casting a movie. The right combination of personalities is critical for a successful party. Make sure to add some wild cards into the mix, but steer clear of too wild.

2. Don't fall asleep. If you plan to stay up to watch the clock strike midnight, plan ahead. Try a disco nap before the party. If you're hosting, offer guests coffee or espresso to keep energy high.

3. Turn on the TV five minutes before midnight. Avoid putting the TV on too early because it will distract guests. After the countdown, turn it off to resume conversation.

4. Be kind, step aside. New Year's Eve is often referred to as "amateur hour," so prepare to run into people who had too much to drink. It's easier to step aside, avoid judgment and be on your way.

5. Don't plan on staying overnight at a party. If you're drinking, have a sober driver, take public transportation or prepare to wait for a taxi. If you're sober but scared of other drivers on the road, don't impose on your host.

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