You’re wrapped the presents, decorated the tree, and made your famous candy cane fudge. But wait! The holidays aren’t over yet—there’s one last celebration that needs to be planned. Yes, that’s right: New Year’s Eve is almost here!

At Network Real Estate, we’re big fans of New Year’s Eve. It’s a time to reflect on the last year, set goals for the new one, and say goodbye to 2015 with champagne, fireworks, and a night that sparkles from beginning to end. While heading downtown can be fun, hosting a party at home can be even better. And now, thanks to Wilmington’s many options, it’s easier than ever. Below are some ideas for hosting a stellar celebration.

Rent a Beach House

A vacation rental at Carolina Beach or Kure Beach is a perfect way to ring in the New Year. Gather up your friends or family and get ready to relax and unwind in a beautiful space. By renting a beach house, you get it all—a fabulous location and a private place to party. Best of all, no one needs to worry about driving or coordinating cabs since you’re already “home.”

Host an Oyster Roast

Take advantage of Wilmington’s proximity to the ocean by hosting an oyster roast in your backyard. Even if the weather is frightful, a roaring bonfire will warm you up in no time. Oysters are a seasonal delicacy that we’re privileged to enjoy as fresh. So buy a bushel, light a fire, and invite your nearest and dearest over for a great evening of food, fun, and friends.

Say Yes to Catering

The most important aspect of a great soiree is the guest list. The second aspect is the food and drink. Instead of slaving away in your kitchen before your guests arrive, give yourself a break and cater the whole shindig. Let’s face it—you probably cooked enough during the holiday season, and you deserve a break! The Wilmington Whole Foods is a great place to buy delicious prepared foods, and there are few things more delicious than the appetizers in Trader Joe’s frozen food aisle. Use your best serving dishes and your guests will too busy enjoying themselves to care to care who made the food!

Don’t Forget the Champagne

The best part of ringing in the New Year is the countdown and champagne toast at midnight. Stock up on bubbly at one of Wilmington’s premier wine shops. If you’re downtown, Wilmington Wine has a fantastic selection, and for those closer to the beach Lighthouse Beer and Wine is your go-to supplier of great drinks.

Happy New Year!

We hope these tips have given you some great ideas for ringing in the New Year! 2015 has been a great year, and we’re excited to see what 2016 will bring. Have a great celebration and we’ll see you on the other side!