How to Host a New Year’s Speakeasy Party

Happy Friday everyone!

On Wednesday, I introduced you to our latest design: Hello 2016. I love the color combination and it reminded me of a New Year’s a few years ago (pre-baby and when a “late night” meant 4:00 am instead of 10:00 pm).

My husband and I hosted a “Speakeasy” themed New Year’s Eve Party. It was one of our favorite parties for many reasons. Below is the “recipe” so you can host one yourself!


  • Guest List
  • Cocktail List
  • Secret Password
  • Heavy Finger Foods
  • Champagne / Sparkling Grape Juice


Choose the Cocktails & Passwords

Choose the cocktails and/or beverages you want to serve. Compile a list of all the different ingredients. Assign each ingredient to each of your guests. For example, a French 75 is made up of gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. We assigned the gin to 1 couple, the champagne to another, and we bought the lemon juice and made simple syrup for the sugar.

Invite Your Guests

New Years Speakeasy Invitation-11

Put together your invitation (might I suggest these?) or design your own. Above is the wording I used from our original invitation. Follow up with your guests (if they don’t already email you to ask for the password) and assign each person or couple 1 unique password and ask them to bring their assigned beverage ingredient. Below is the text we used (the example below was sent to a Notre Dame grad and Notre Dame was playing Alabama on New Year’s Day. He wasn’t happy with the passphrase but complied.)

Dear Sir/Madame:

Your passphrase for the New Year’s Eve Blow is below. Please present them at the door for entry.

Passphrase: “Roll Tide”
Please also bring: 1 handle of decent bourbon

Should you choose to share this password with others not included on the list, they will not be given entry as these passwords are specific to you alone.

I don’t know which was more fun – preparing the cocktail list or assigning people’s passwords.

Finalize & Shop For Your Menu

Purchase and prepare whatever else you would like to serve. Below is what we decided to serve.

New Year's Speakeasy Menu |

We made pineapple-infused vodka for the Pearl Harbor. It was amazing – I’ll save that for a future post 🙂

Prepare the Bar

To alleviate any lines at the bar, make table cards or index cards for each drink, with the name at the top and the ingredients underneath (if they’re not a pre-made drink like a punch). Below is an  example:

Singapore Sling
1/2 oz. grenadine syrup
1/2 oz. cherry brandy
1 oz. gin
sweet and sour mix
club soda

Place the drinking glasses next to their corresponding card so they’re ready when guests arrive.

Have Fun!

On the day of the party, as each guest arrives, request the passphrases, welcome them, and place their bottle with its other ingredients. Enjoy yourself!

Clearly a lot more goes into the preparation of the party, but I focused on the speakeasy aspect of it. If you have any questions regarding what I did to prepare for it, let me know. Have you hosted any fun themes for a New Year’s party? !


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