How to Host a Last Minute New Year’s Eve Party

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New Year’s Eve always has a way of sneaking up on me, yet I’m never able to resist hosting a last minute party for family and friends. Below you’ll find fool proof tips for a simple, fun New Year’s Eve Party as well as a free digital invitation you can send to your guests!

Keep it simple

Use what you have around the house. In a pinch, candles always make a space look more festive. Don’t be afraid to repurpose Christmas decor either. White lights are perfect for a New Year’s Eve look.

Make your own decor

Grab a few sheets of glitter paper from your local craft store to make a New Year’s Eve banner. Cut the leftover pieces into glitter stars. Use this fabulous DIY to make gold party hats. Or paint these numbers for a simple “2017” display.

Use white & gold balloons as a backdrop

Helium balloons are one of my favorite fast party hacks. Target almost always has this cheap helium tank available. Filling the balloons is quick and easy, and makes a big impact on the gathering space.

Serve pancakes & champagne

Create a pancake bar by setting out different pancake toppings in bowls. Dress up your pancake stack by adding a toothpick to your cutout glitter star. Champagne is a great BYO item for guests.

Set out games to play

Pass the time until midnight with games your guests will enjoy. Go with classic board and card games, or find New Year’s Eve games online. Here’s one of my favorites.

Plan how you’ll watch the ball drop before 11:55pm

Most cable news stations will broadcast live from New York City. However, if you don’t have cable make sure to find a way to stream the ball drop online.

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Cheers to 2017!

 


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