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Preparations For New Year's Eve Parties Are A Lot Of Work

It's almost time to ring in the new year. No doubt, many people will be celebrating the end of 2001 at parties going on all along the coast. However, before the balloons drop, party organizers say there is a lot of work to be done.

Volunteers put the finishing touches on the American Legion's New Year's Eve party. They say a fun party begins with a lot hard work. Committee members handled everything from tickets sales and publicity, to food and decorations. They say planning an end of the year celebration isn't something that can wait until the last minute.

"If you didn't get an early jump start, supplies is always a problem," organizer Charlie Barnes said. "Setting up music is certainly a problem because lots of you musicians are working on New Year's Eve when they are not working any other time."

Party planner Tammy Breeland starts a year in advance helping several Coast casinos with their New Year's Eve celebrations. She says because there is so much to do like coming up with themes, choosing decorations, figuring out how many tables to set up often.the planning stage can take longer than doing the actual work. Once the work starts, she says it's hectic. 

"A lot of dedicated workers for days straight here.We blow up 20,000 plus balloons in a matter of four days," Breeland said. "It's a lot of around the clock. Luckily casinos are open 24 hours a day cause that's basically when we work is 24 hours a day."

Casino executives say New Year's Eve is the industry's biggest celebration of the year and they want to make sure guests enjoy themselves.

"The key to a successful party is putting together a special environment and feeling that starts with the staff and translates to the guests," casino executive Rich Westfall said. "If you can do that then everyone has a great new years celebration."

Although it may seem like a lot of work for just one night, Breeland says hearing guests ooh and ah over is payment enough.

By Danielle Thomas

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