Party season is nearly upon us! While Christmas prep might be your main focus at the moment, New Year’s Eve follows swiftly on its heels so if you’d like to celebrate in style on December 31st, now’s the time to be thinking of ideas. If you’re hosting Christmas then the idea of planning another big bash shortly afterwards might fill you with dread, but the great thing about New Year’s Eve is that it doesn’t have to be quite the blow-out affair that Christmas often turns into. It is really about the simple pleasure of gathering friends and family, perhaps hooking up with those people you rarely get to see, and enjoying great company, a bit of music and a tipple or two. If you’ve exhausted yourself in the kitchen over the festive season, keep things simple with just drinks and nibbles – after all the excesses of Christmas, your guests won’t mind too much if you keep eats to just simple shop-bought canapés, posh crisps and a plate of mince pies. Alternatively, if you would like to host a bigger bash you could ask guests to bring a dish, a no-hassle way to provide something a bit more substantial without going to too much stress or expense.