If on New Year’s Eve of 2016 we had known what a cluster the year was going to be, we might have hesitated before raising a toast to its arrival. This year, our New Year’s Eve gatherings won’t just signify the beginning of a new year, they’ll be a celebration of surviving 2016! As Mainers, we know that there’s no better way to wish good riddance to a rough year and welcome the arrival of a new one, than a gathering of family, good friends, good food, and strong drinks. Instead of trying to plan a party at your house, why not save yourself some stress with this surefire New Year’s Eve plan that the whole family can enjoy.

Say Goodbye to 2016
As the snow falls outside, the last thing you should have to worry about is shoveling your driveway to make extra room for guests. Beyond the manual labor, hosting a New Year’s party at your home involves so many details that it can be more stressful than enjoyable. If you’re the type who loves hosting, you can still enjoy the benefits of creating a memorable event while saving yourself the annoyance of cleaning up or getting a sitter. Gather your guests and family at Elsmere, the South Portland restaurant that has something on the menu for everyone, and a stocked bar for a toast or two. Best of all, Elsmere closes at 10, so everyone can get home at a reasonable time without the pressure of trying to staying awake until the clock strikes 12.

Take the Party to Elsmere
To celebrate the modernity of 2017, skip the handwritten invitations and set up a Facebook event for your New Year’s party at Elsmere. Those who are lucky enough to find themselves on your invite list will be thrilled to see that they won’t have to bring the obligatory bottle of wine, dress fancy, or even bring a date to kiss. By letting guests know that they can all meet at Elsmere for a family-friendly and stress-free New Year’s bash, they’ll be more likely to attend. Tell your guests they can bring their kids and remind them that they won’t have to party til sunrise or worry about bringing anything but their wallet. By hosting a New Year’s gathering at Elsmere, you’ll be taking away the pressures that might have prevented them from showing up to a traditional New Year’s Eve party at your home.

Start 2017 With Food and Fun
When you choose to host your New Year’s gathering at Elsmere, you won’t have to worry about refilling the chip bowls, making cute hors d’oeuvres, or buying enough drinks for everyone. The Elsmere menu offers a wide range of choices for every guest, even those who are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free! Be sure to add this note to your Facebook event, or even include a link to the Elsmere menu so your guests can plan what they’ll order before they even arrive. When it comes to drinks, there’s no shortage of options. From local beers to wine, cocktails, and classic bubbly, your friends can toast with whatever they love to sip.

2016 was hard, but hosting a stress-free New Year’s party at Elsmere will be easy. For more information about planning your gathering, give us a call. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you welcome 2017 with your friends, family, and no shortage of delicious food and drinks.

Happy New Year from all of us at Elsmere BBQ!