If you’re throwing a big party inspired by the Big Apple, you’ve got plenty of inspiration for every aspect of the day.

DECOR: There are SO many symbols of this city, and any one could be a fun image for posters, confetti, cookies and more. Consider:

The Statue of Liberty
The Brooklyn Bridge
An apple!
A taxi, bus, or subway

-The skyline
The Empire State Building (you can use our Darcy Miller x Chasing Paper NYC View wall decal to give your guests a peek of the city’s most iconic building!)

-The bridges and fall foliage of Central Park (for a more romantic mood)

FOOD: Serve local specialties—bagels and lox at a brunch, hot dogs from a cart at a picnic, strip steak for dinner. Or, have a cocktail party or buffet with a stations for the different neighborhoods:

Dim sum for Chinatown

-Pasta for Little Italy or Arthur Avenue
Grill for the meatpacking district
-Pretzels, hot dogs, and and ice cream for Central Park
-Fried Chicken and Waffles for Harlem
-BBQ for Koreatown

-Indian food for Curry Hill or Jackson Heights
-Pizza for all the pizza joints
-Coffee in diner cups

MUSIC: Do karaoke with showtunes from the Great White Way, or make a playlist of songs that have the words “New York,” or the names of neighborhoods, in them:

-New York, New York by Frank Sinatra

-Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard by Paul Simon
53d and Third by the Ramones

-New York City by John Lennon
Downtown Train by Tom Waits

-Empire State of Mind by Jay Z and Alicia Keyes

-L.E.S. by Childish Gambino
“Ever Since New York” by Harry Styles
Greatest City in The World from Hamilton


Play charades by acting out movies set in New York including:

Dog Day Afternoon
-Saturday Night Fever

-When Harry Met Sally
You’ve Got Mail

-Taxi Driver
-Do the Right Thing

-King Kong
-Breakfast at Tiffany’s

-Wall Street

Or play our NYC Matching Game

FAVORS: Send guests home with sweet treats that symbolize the city. Consider:

Cake pops or cookies shaped like taxis or other city symbols
Black and White Cookies

-Big (candied) apples or mini apple pies

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