How to Pull off a Last-Minute Year-Ender Get-Together

How to Pull off a Last-Minute Year-Ender Get-Together Without Going Completely Mad


December 27, 2018
Read Time: 5 minutes

The best part: This holiday hack doesn’t entail slaving away in the kitchen



The post-Christmas slowdown-cum-pre-New Year warmup is best reserved for gathering your bearings prior to the thrilling hard reset. With thoughts consumed by cleaning house, ridding yourself of baggage from the year that was and thinking up resolutions for the year that will be (that you swear, this time, you’ll actually keep), the nitty gritty of party planning should really be the least of your worries.


On the flipside, it’s perfectly fine to play the wild card instead and embrace the no-plans plan for the grand New Year’s Day countdown. To max out your extroverting skills on a night out or to spend a contemplative evening in? To join the rest of the herd or hole up with a few? No sweat; save the decision-making for later.


Now, should the desire to socialize on New Year’s Eve suddenly strike and change that no-plans plan at the final minute, here’s a viable solution for you, dear undecideds. Why not host a year-ender get-together at your place? Call it a pre-game or altogether the destination of the night. Taxing as it might seem, there is a way to pulling off hosting such an event without going nuts­ and heck, with little to no planning at all. No stress, no fuss and perhaps just one quick errand: the elements of a great last-minute year-ender party just ahead for your consideration.



Secure party snacks you can just throw in a bowl, but looks like preparations took a lot of effort

As failsafe as this combo is, it’s okay for your go-to chips and salsa to take a backseat from time to time. Perhaps once you thoroughly explore the Marks & Spencer food aisle anyway, you won’t ever want to go back to those supermarket-bought snacks.


Special occasions like New Year’s call for something extra: Fizz & Sparkle Winter Berries & Prosecco Handcooked Crisps? Goat’s Cheese and Rosemary Bites? They taste as good as they sound, we promise.


MARKS & SPENCER Port & Long Clawson Stilton Handcooked Crisps, P235

MARKS & SPENCER Goat’s Cheese and Rosemary Bites, P225

MARKS & SPENCER Cheddar Cheese & Roasted Onion Bites, P225

MARKS & SPENCER Fizz & Sparkle Winter Berries & Prosecco Handcooked Crisps, P235



Cover your (booze) bases and have drinks delivered straight to your doorstep

Boozy Liquor Delivery swears by a 60-minute delivery to locations in Makati City and Bonifacio Global City; meanwhile, it’s an estimated 90-minute delivery time to select cities in Metro Manila, which means you can have beer, whisky, wine, gin, rum and tequila sent to your home base in a cinch. A complete bar setup in less than two hours? Totally possible. Plus, this liquor delivery service doesn’t scrimp on the brands it carries either. Heineken, Delirium, Leffe, Hoegaarden, The Shackleton, Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniels Macallan, Patrón, 1800, Avion, Malibu, Pyrat and Sailor Jerry are just some of the brands in its liquor roll call.


Something to keep in mind though: on December 31, the Boozy crew only accepts orders until 5PM.



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Operating Hours: 10AM to 3AM daily

Phone Number: 0917 588 0888

Get in Touch: [email protected]

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Bring your own tray to Poco Deli and leave with a beautifully assembled deli board for the evening

The second-best part? You have the freedom to customize your grazing tray and add fruits, biscuits and different types of cheeses. Though opting for one of their readily available packages works just fine; the mighty Wagyu Sausage Platter (P550) is something you can’t go wrong with. The same can be said about their house specialty, the Sausage & Cheese Platter, which goes for P750 for the double order.



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Of course, there’s always option #2. Order Poco Deli’s Charcuterie Cups to go so that everyone in your impromptu guest list can enjoy their own individual serving of grazing goodness. Just pop these in the fridge to keep the cheeses, fruits and cold cuts fresh until your company arrives.



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Store Locations: 21 East Capitol Drive, Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Avenue, Bel-Air, Makati City, and Ground Level of One Parkade, 7th Street corner 28th Street, Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Operating Hours: 10AM to 2PM and 4PM to 10PM on Mondays, 10AM to 10PM from Tuesday to Thursday, 10AM to 12MN on Fridays, 11AM to 11PM on Saturdays and 10AM to 11PM on Sundays

Phone Number: 0915 498 1125

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Set the mood with party decorations you don’t have to overthink

We did mention investing in something extra for the occasion a little while back; well, this is where you can move things into overdrive. If you find yourself going from “no strong feeling for New Year’s” to “absolutely need to go all-out,” there’s a way to wing things on the décor front as well. Online party store Party Pals has a decked-out New Year’s party section you can shop on the spot to make your last-minute house party look like a full-blown one you’ve been planning for weeks. Sparkled gold top hats for your guests? Check. Silver fringe curtains that can turn a bare wall into an Instagram-perfect background? Check, too. This partyware store’s express delivery option gets your party goods to you within 24 hours. Walk-ins and picking up of orders in-store are also accepted.



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Official Website:

Store Location: Unit UG-17 Star Centrum Building, Malugay Street corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Bel-Air, Makati City

Operating Hours: 11AM to 6PM from Monday to Friday

Phone Number: 0915 498 1125

Get in Touch: [email protected]

Stay Connected: Facebook and Instagram


Et voila! The makings of a fully realized get-together with little to no pre-planning involved. All that’s left is to gather your friends or family ‘round, get the best hits of 2018 going on Spotify and begin your New Year’s Day countdown. We’ll see you in 2019, kids!


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