Poll looks at celebration and entertaining styles for the big night and beyond
When it comes to ringing in the millennium, home is where the party is, according to a new online poll. And on a night when some may think tuxedos and tiaras are de rigueur, an overwhelming majority of revelers actually prefer a casual get-together to a formal affair.
In the independent poll conducted by Survey Site on behalf of Wine Market Council, almost half of the 600+ respondents said that this New Year's Eve will find them at home, enjoying a special party or dinner with friends and family, compared to 25% who plan to celebrate out on the town.
Only 12% are planning a special trip, 9% have "other" plans (such as "getting married") and just 7% say they will do nothing but "watch the ball drop on TV." And despite the millennial mandate for glitz and glamour, 89% of respondents express a desire for a more relaxed, casual celebration.
Asked which considerations were most important for a great party -- food, drink, entertainment, clothing, setting, or the company itself, 84% of respondents answered "being with loved ones." Also topping the list of "musts" were great food and drink (73 and 72 percent respectively.)
Sixty-two percent of survey participants will accompany their meals with wine or champagne, compared to only 8% each opting for soda or beer, and 6% for cocktails. And despite early warnings about wine shortages, only 9% of respondents are actually worried enough to stockpile their red, white or bubbly.
According to the poll, the preference for a more relaxed style of entertaining will continue well into the new millennium. The most popular way to throw a party in the year 2000? Improvisation, with almost 29% of respondents saying they can make a party out of any food and drink they happen to have on hand.
Twenty percent of hosts say they will play the "eclectic expert" -- making one or two special things themselves and buying other key components -- great bread, dessert and wine -- from the best sources in town. Only 9% of respondents say their parties will be Martha Stewart-perfect.
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