Whether you’re skulking the streets for a midnight kiss or toasting at home in domestic bliss, Couturing has got your NYE covered. We’ve highlighted some of our favourite parties to bring in 2013 and have provided a few tips if you are celebrating at home.

Out and About in Closed Venues

This year sees most parties gleamed and themed. There are more 1920’s themed parties than you can poke a gold-rimmed stick at and if it’s not The Great Gatsby, it’s James Bond.

New Years Eve: Great Gatsby Spectacular

Where: Silk Road, 425 Collins Street.

How Much: $140 – $220 depending on package.

Why: The Silk Road is oozing Gatsby levels of extravagance and charm on a casual Wednesday so to see what they can do for a New Years Eve party would be simply divine. Start 2012 off in pearls and style.


New Years Eve: Gangster 1920’s Party

Where: PJ O’Brien’s Irish Pub, Shop G14-16, Southgate Arts and Leisure precinct, Southbank.

How Much: $30 tickets sold only on the door!

Why: Complimentary canapés as well as a cocktail on the door? We’re in! Plus with no pre-bookings this is the perfect venue for the last-minute dash.

New Years Eve: Casino Royale

Where: Geebung Polo Club, 85 Auburn Road, Hawthorn.
How much: $99.

Why: Canapés and drinks are covered all night, live bands, Casino tables and prize giveaways.

New Years Eve: Enchanted Garden

Where: Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street.
How much: $79

Why: What could be better than bringing in the New Year in a bar surrounded by burlesque babes? Nothing.


Out and About in Open Venues

New Years Eve in Melbourne wouldn’t be New Years Eve without the fireworks. If these fire flowers have you exploding with delight then head on in to the city and check out these open and free displays. The City of Melbourne have even made all public transport free from 6pm so take advantage of your local tram and see our city light up!

Best Viewpoints of the CBD Fireworks:

Treasury Gardens

Located just east of the CBD, between Spring Street and Fitzroy Gardens.

Train: Catch the train to Parliament Station.


Flagstaff Gardens

Located just north of the CBD, on the corner of King and La Trobe streets.

Train: Catch the train to Flagstaff Station.



Located west of the CBD, behind Etihad Stadium surrounding Victoria Harbour.

Train: Catch the train to Southern Cross Station.


Federation Square 

Located south of our CBD, Federation Square is hosting a free program of dance and drum performances. They begin at 8:30 and go all the way till 1am so it’s the perfect place to start your night off or simply stay, dance and wait for the midnight display.

Train: Catch the train to Flinders Street Station.

New Years Eve Parties At Home

The Facebook event was created weeks ago and the party poppers are ready to go, NYE house parties are a sure  hit for any crowd. Here are a few tips for how to make your house party sparkle.

1: Decorate.

I know this seems a bit obvious but with these sorts of gatherings, the more, the better. Stow away those elegant angels and hand-blown baubles and bring out the streamers, the balloons and the high-gloss ‘2013’ banner. If the place looks like a party then one will surely ensue.

2: The Guest List.

NYE is no time to be fussy. Invite your friends. Invite their partners. Invite their partner’s dog-walker’s sister. There is nothing better than being at a party with an unknown crowd. As the host, not only will you look like you have more friends than hair follicles, but you’ll create an environment that’s oozing with conversation, laughter and potential romance.

3: Food.

New Year diets are so 2012. Get out the chips and choccies or spend the day cooking up big batches of fabulous canapés. See that tall, dark and handsome stranger over there? Has he tried the smoked salmon pancake? Pop one on a plate and you make sure he does. You are such a gracious host, darling.

4: Miscellaneous Goodies.

Allocate a section of your table and fill it with silly goodies like party bags, cone hats and tacky 2013 memorabilia. If you start the ball rolling with a few gal pals then even the biggest NYE scrooge will be tempted.


Party for One

Who said NYE was best spent out? Okay, well, I sort of did but if I’m perfectly honest then the best NYE I ever spent was indoors, with my partner, cooking mini pizzas. NYE can – for the homebodies amongst us – be one large crowd too many. So take a social night off and stay in. Cook a fun meal, rent a good flick, sit back and think of all the bad Facebook photos you won’t be tagged in.


So whatever you do, wherever you do it, start your NYE with hopes and dreams for 2013 and if you’re lucky enough, it too will go off with a bang.

About The Author

Assistant editor to the Lifestyle section, Meredith Eriksson marries her love for short, sharp sentences with fresh content. When she’s not tapping away at her laptop, you can find her working on her zines or out on the streets secretly snapping the latest in fashion trends. Follow her instagram under: merieriksson and marvel at how many photos of one dog somebody can take.

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