Throwing a great New Year’s Eve bash can be both exhilarating and stressful; on the one hand, you want everyone to have the best time ever, but on the other hand, you want to be a responsible host who makes sure everyone is happy and feeling good throughout the entire night.
Part of helping everyone have the best time ever is making sure that everyone is comfortable, and if you or some of your guests occasionally deal with heartburn — which is a pretty common issue — we’ve got some helpful New Year’s Eve party tips, recipes, and easy ways to prevent heartburn during the big night!
New Year’s Eve Party Planning Tips
First things first: what kind of party are we throwing here? Before sending out those invites, take some time to decide on the theme of your New Year’s Eve bash. Are we going fancy and formal? Maybe a masquerade theme? Do you want everyone and everything covered in glitter, or do you prefer to have guests come dressed to represent their favorite decade? Whatever theme you decide on, make sure it’s something that you can easily plan and decorate for — after all, you want to be able to enjoy the night, too!
After you’ve sent your invites, whip up a “to-do” list to make sure you’ll have absolutely everything you’ll need for a great night. Your list may include:
- Ingredients for finger food and appetizers
- Champagne (and lots of it)
Why TUMS? Because certain foods and beverages that many of us consume on New Year’s Eve (like alcohol, carbonated drinks, chocolate, and high fat foods) can occasionally cause heartburn, and TUMS Chewy Bites are a tasty way to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and sour stomach. Having a bottle of TUMS ready and waiting in case anyone starts to feel those annoying symptoms of heartburn can help keep the New Year’s Eve festivities rolling well into the wee hours of the morning!
Recipes to Help You Stay Heartburn-Free For New Year’s Eve
Speaking of food, if you’re throwing a party on Dec. 31, you’re most likely going to want some appetizers for your guests to graze on while everyone waits for that ball to drop. Keep your menu yummy sans heartburn triggers by staying away from anything that includes tomato sauce or anything really spicy or acidic (as these can be heartburn triggers). Go light on the high fat, greasy options, too.
A few New Year’s Eve recipe ideas that won’t cause heartburn include:
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Stuffed Brussels sprouts
- Marinated olives and feta
- Homemade coconut kettle corn
- Roasted eggplant dip
- Steamed ricotta dumplings
- Crostinis with kale and parmesan
- New Year’s Eve resolution cookies
A quick internet search will pull up a whole bunch of easy New Year’s Eve recipes, which should make your party food prep a breeze!
New Year’s Eve Party Games
Even though you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve party for adults, don’t forget to have a few party games at the ready! No matter how old we are, games are always good to liven things up and help people engage and connect.
Not sure which New Year’s Eve party game ideas are best? Check out some of these:
- Two Resolutions and a Lie (try to stump your friends on the one resolution you don’t actually plan on making this year!)
- Pass the Hat (guests try to pass a hat around a circle without using their hands)
- A New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt
- Balloon Pop Charades (guests pop balloons and then have to act out the phrases on the small pieces of paper inside)
Preventing Heartburn on New Year’s Eve
If you deal with occasional heartburn, there are a few simple methods to keep it from getting in the way of your good time this New Year’s Eve.
As tempting as that New Year’s Eve spread may look, try to avoid overeating, as eating too fast or too much can trigger heartburn. And while you obviously want to look amazing the night of your party, be aware that tight, constricting clothing can also cause heartburn.
Drinking alcohol can trigger heartburn as well, especially if you pair it with mixers like carbonated beverages or acidic juices, so consider going light on the liquor, and switch it up with warm liquids (like herbal tea), which can help prevent heartburn symptoms.
And if you still feel that familiar burning in the back of your throat despite your best heartburn prevention efforts, TUMS has your back when it comes to fast-acting heartburn relief.