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.
Cheers to 2017!
For the first decade of my adult life, I lived in apartments where the guest room also doubled as the living room, office, or unorganized storage room, etc. During those years the best I had to offer was often a Costco air mattress and a sound machine. And yet, (past guests, feel free to set the record straight here) it didn’t keep us from having a blast hosting family and friends. At the end of the day, all people need to feel welcome in your home is your relaxed, welcoming vibe and the good food you put in their belly.
Whether you’ve been gluten free for five years or five days, you know that finding a delicious gluten free biscuit is like finding the perfect Christmas gift for your second cousin. I have been guilty of literally sniffing (almost inhaling) regular biscuits at restaurants because of how much I miss them. Please don’t judge me, I’ve spent four years in a biscuit-less void. So when my sweet grandmother-in-law, “Baba”, sent me biscuit cutters and a Southern Living Cookbook I knew it was time to try to for fluffy, buttery gf biscuits again. And after a weekend of experimentation, I finally found the biscuit recipe my heart desired.
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