Once Christmas has come and gone, too quickly as usual. New Year’s Eve will be upon us before we can blink. Whether it’s a soirée for your closest friends in pretty dresses and suits or just your family at home watching the entertainment on tv, I think every little event should be celebrated in some way. Here is some inspiration to get your plans made before Christmas sneaks up on us.
Number 1: Don’t forget the confetti.
New Year’s is so much more exciting (Especially for children) when confetti is used to celebrate. This means fully committing to the confetti idea. You can’t buy confetti and then freak out when the floor is covered. Revel in the idea that this one night, the floor will be a mess, cups will be on every surface, and everyone is blissfully happy because Christmas stressing is over and they are for once allowed to throw little pieces of paper over their head. Now there is a loophole that should make your OCD mind feel a little bit better. Choose confetti that is 1 inch big. It will be much easier to clean up, especially if you have a vacuum that can handle something like that.
To DIY this, just use a circle paper punch 1 inch in diameter and cut any paper you want. Wrapping paper, gift tissue paper, cardstock, or construction paper. If you’re fancy like me, use your Cameo Silhouette die cut machine to cuts tens of circles out at a time from 12 by 12 paper. If you want the cheap or free option, just cut colored paper into squares. Uneven squares look even more authentic so have at it scissorhands.
Extra points: choose a color theme for your celebration and cut your confetti out of coordinated papers. My color choices are pink, coral, and tangerine with black and white accents as shown in the title.
Number 2: Have pretty drinks.
Whether there will be alcohol or not, you must have a festive drink. Sparkling grape juice is a tried and true alternative to champagne. The price tends to increase around Christmas so try to get it while it’s still regular price. Get creative and have a few cocktail ingredients on hand for guests to play bartender with all the right tools. Have a look at my pinterest board for some drinks ideas.
Number 3: Pass the time.
Have surprises every hour or have a game night. No way to make it from 8 to midnight better than with Monopoly. Apples to apples is perfect for most gatherings, as it seems to adapt to the occasion based on how you play your cards. Casino night is another idea, a poker table and a homemade spin it to win it wheel. Do movie night with all the proper goodies like popcorn, twizzlers, and milk duds. Kick it up a notch and offer chocolate drizzled caramel popcorn as well.
Apple to Apples board game
Number 4: Snackable energy food.
Have fruit and nuts available as well as water to keep everyone healthy and hydrated. A granola mix instead of, or along with – let’s be serious, chex mix will be better for staying awake all night. Don’t forget warm food and protein. Meatballs in a sweet & savory sauce hit both notes. Everyone loves pizza but options are great. Perhaps you could try the pastry options here.
6 appetizers for a New Year’s Eve party spread.
Number 5: Dress pretty, you too boys.
Choose a flashy dress with sequins or gold for this one night only. Boys should dress up as well, so make sure they get the memo. Dark rinse jeans and a good sweater or button down are good minimum effort outfits for the men. On the invite, or text.., include the dress code so people don’t stress with guessing.
Number 6: Bring out the banner.
Cut out triangle banners and draw the letters out in clear bold lettering and string up with a ribbon. Or find a printable online like this one. Hang it over the mantle, near the food table, or above the tv if you’re watching the New York special.
Number 7: Have fun.
Get the food prepped early and have back up ideas for dull moments. That way you can enjoy the evening stress free and focus on being with you family and guests.
Follow Haley’s board New Year’s Eve celebration on Pinterest.
Explore my New Year’s Eve pinterest board for more links and inspiration!
Thanks for listening,