Your Guide to a New Year’s Eve Party

Everything you need to know to throw a New Year’s Eve party (the food, the drinks, the hair and makeup)—and to survive the morning after.

Be Merry and Bright

How To Open a Bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine makes any gathering instantly more festive. But opening a bottle of champagne, prosecco, or cava can feel a bit like shooting a rocket indoors. To pop and pour like a pro, watch this video.

10 Best Store-Bought Party Appetizers

Are your guests feeling peckish? Silence the squawking with these store-bought snacks—Real Simple’s favorites from more than 150 sampled.

Easy Buns and Braided Hairstyles

For day or night, you can create these pretty, easy-to-do buns and braids in just minutes.

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New Year, New Ideas

Hangover Cures and Prevention

Last night, you drank some bubbly. This morning, you're deflated. Here's how to cure the after-effects of alcohol, plus tips to avoid them next time.

11 Ways to Straighten Up After a Party 

You had a merry little party. Now you have to deal with the remains.