A freelance writer, actor, director and designer Laura McKenna is always out and about in the arts industry.
New Year's Eve is always tricky. Do you celebrate with your family? What about your friends? Or do you just want to hang out with that special someone and watch the fireworks? Either way it's really hard to include all your loved ones in the one event.
The answer – a party marathon. Now I don't mean a whole day of drinking beer while watching the AFL. No, I mean a series of different parties, each one designed for a different circle of people and each one involving very little effort from the host. I went to one of these last year and trust me – it was so much fun.
So jump on Facebook. Invite your friends and let the party marathon begin. Guests will choose which leg or legs of the marathon they want to attend and this flexibility will stop the awkward situation of having to choose only one New Year's Eve party.
Step 1: Park Party This is perfect for anyone with kids or any group of people who love the outdoors. This party should start at around 11am or 12pm. Make sure someone gets to the park early to grab a picnic table or a nice shady spot on the grass. Pack a football, cricket gear and plenty of food – the rest pretty much takes care of itself. There is no secret to a successful park party other than picking the perfect location. The perfect park is one with lots of shade, a good playground and lots of open space to play various sports. You should try to find a local smaller park rather than the main park in your suburb, as many people will have the same idea as you.
This party is for the slightly older members of the group. After the park party, I'd recommend a pool party but really, this party is whatever you want it to be. Sometimes just having a beer and a barbecue with a few close friends can be the best party ever. Make sure you have a few eskies around the house and enough food. Maybe ask your guests to bring a plate of food to share or chip in for pizza when everyone gets hungry.
Step 3: Fireworks At about 10pm grab a picnic blanket and wander in the general direction of South Bank for the fireworks. It will be crowded. Be prepared. Another option is to watch the fireworks from one of the office blocks near the river. I'd only recommend this if your guests haven't had all that much to drink. No accidents please.
Either way, this is a beautiful ending to a great day and hopefully a great year.