As 2015 comes to a close and you reflect on the events of the past, don’t forget to enjoy the present and celebrate a new year with good friends.
If you’re hosting this year’s New Year’s Eve party, there are lots of ways to make it extra memorable for your guests. Ring in 2016 with these five fun, last-minute party ideas.
1. Nothing says “Happy New Year!” like gold and glitter. If you’ve got some wine and spirits bottles kicking around from all your holiday festivities, you can easily repurpose them to make this stylish NYE-themed table centerpiece by blogger and artist Vicky Barone. Accent with an Ambre Tubereuse or Tabac Noir Bijou candle and you’re all set to entertain.
2. You can’t have a countdown without a glass of bubbly in hand, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spice things up a little. This simple champagne sangria recipe from The Food Network is delicious and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. If you have some extra time on your hands, add some glitter to your champagne flutes for a perfectly festive midnight toast. Do it yourself with these easy instructions from HGTV.com.
3. Amp up your décor and keep track of your countdown these adorable DIY clock balloons by Kelly Mindell, Founder and Editor at Studio DIY. Another relatively simple project, the only supply that might be trickier to get your hands on is the helium tank. Stock up on all your balloon necessities at your local Walmart, Michaels or Party City.
4. Whether your year consisted of weddings, work parties or birthdays, chances are you came across some photo booth props at some point. Stay on top of this cute and creative trend by making your own NYE props for a night of picture perfect memories. All you need is a glue gun, some card stock, a pair of scissors, a marker or two and some popsicle sticks. If you’re looking for design inspiration, check out these great ideas from Rebecca of The Crafted Sparrow.
5. A lot can happen in a year and it’s always fun to think of the possibilities. As your guests arrive, have them anonymously write down their predictions for the coming year and place them in a jar or box. Once you’ve collected them all, gather your friends and take turns reading each one out loud. No matter how well you think you know your guests, you’ll be surprised at how difficult it is to guess the authors.
Here’s to an unforgettable night and a great year ahead!
About the writer:
Always a dreamer, Jill Bentham is a passionate writer and photographer based in Toronto.