Every year I am startled by how quickly New Year’s Eve comes on the heels of Christmas! You’d think the date changed from year-to-year or something. :-) As a result I usually end up scrambling to come up with ways to celebrate. This year the girls and I decided to get a jump on things and came up with some fun and festive ideas for ringing in the new year that don’t take a lot of time or money! Now we’re ready for the New Year’s Eve sneak attack! :-)
We had fun putting this one together. Brittany (the newest member of our team) was the mastermind behind it. Since we have vaulted ceilings we decided to use the ceiling fan as our “anchor” to hold a plastic tablecloth (I found a silver one in the Hanukkah party decorations section of Walmart) full of balloons. Brittany cut the tablecloth in quarters and then reattached the pieces using pieces of masking tape. She also taped some long pieces of ribbon along the seams. One strong pull and all the balloons came tumbling down! It was so much fun! It would be a terrific way to ring in the New Year at home!
Add a little sparkle to your bubbly this year with these simple DIY swizzle sticks. Bamboo skewers, gold pipe cleaner, some glittery gold pompoms, and a hot glue gun are all you need to give your champagne or sparkling cider a festive flair!
Washi Tape Poppers
Dress up inexpensive (and homely) poppers with some glittery washi tape. All it takes is two pieces per popper! It took me all of about 10 minutes to finish this bowl full. A festive addition to your party table and to the evening’s entertainment!
Out of all the party ideas we made up for this post, this was the one that was the most explosive, and the most messy! But messy = fun in my book! Besides, glitter can be swept or vacuumed up! To make your own confetti balloons, add store-bought or homemade confetti to untied balloons with the help of a funnel, then either blow up the balloons or fill them with helium. At midnight all you need is a pin to start the new year off with a BANG!
Fill several balloons with helium and tie them in a row to help mark the hours as you countdown to midnight. This is especially helpful for a party with kids who keep asking “How much longer?” :-) You could also do these balloons without helium and just tape them to a door or wall. Pop one each hour, on the hour, until midnight!
Glitter Paper Plate Shakers
Make these simple “noisemakers” out of two paper plates, a popsicle stick, and some uncooked rice or beans. If you want to up the “glam factor,” use some spray adhesive and glitter too. This could be a fun activity to keep kids busy while you countdown the hours ’til the clock strikes 12!
Party Hat Headbands
Oddly enough I went to several different stores and couldn’t find ANY New Year’s Eve party decorations! So I had to get creative…which ended up being quite inexpensive and fun. :-) I found these super cheap birthday party hats, added a strip of Christmas tree tinsel around the edge and a pompom on top with my glue gun. I could have stopped there, but I personally HATE party hats with that annoying elastic under the chin. I found some cute, sparkly headbands, hot glued the hats on at a jaunty angle and created a hat I could party in all night long!
Dry Erase Board Resolutions
The hats were a perfect addition to the makeshift photo booth we rigged up. We covered the back of a door with this foil backdrop I found in the birthday party section at Walmart for just a few dollars. We added some sparkly geometric shapes to a dry erase board for people to write their resolutions on and we had a fun spot for picture-taking!
No need for a fancy floral arrangement or an elaborate candelabra as a centerpiece for your New Year’s Eve party. A few inexpensive packages of noisemakers nicely arranged on a cake stand (or three) and you have an impressive and festive look! We used double-sided tape to keep them upright.
Glitter Ice Cubes
Even your ice cubes can be given a festive twist with the use of edible glitter found in the cake-making section of your local craft store. I was amazed how many colors were available! The trick is not to add the glitter to water and freeze it, that will only result in dissolved glitter. Freeze your ice cubes first, remove them from the freezer, allow to melt a little bit, and then dust with glitter. Then refreeze and add to your favorite beverages. Instant color and shine!
Giant Paper Fortune Cookies
Fortune cookies are a fun New Year’s Eve idea…give people something to talk about! I love the look of these oversized paper “cookies.” Print out some of your own customized “fortunes,” then CLICK HERE for instructions on how to roll your own paper fortune cookies. In addition to being a fun activity, they make a cute decoration.
Confetti Push Pops
In my opinion, you just can’t have too much confetti on New Year’s Eve! So I decided to see if I could make my own confetti “poppers” using some recycled ice cream pushpop containers. I washed and dried them (after eating the ice cream, of course,) covered them with some glittery scrapbook paper, then filled them about 1/3 full with confetti, and covered with a piece of tissue paper. One powerful push from the bottom and the you have another way to spread New Year’s Eve cheer all over the place! :-)
I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour of DIY ideas for a fun, and frugal New Year’s Eve party! Whether you’re having a big, boisterous gathering, or a small family affair…give your New Year’s Eve a little extra sparkle, shine and pop….DIY style!