party, the one everyone’s chatting about for weeks afterward. Here are eight
ideas you can DIY solo or with your sweeties to make everyone’s New Year’s Eve
top notch. Cheers!
It doesn’t matter if you’re having five people over or a whole houseful—you
still want your party to be
Funkify the party hats
Head to a party store and raid their topper selection. Pick up
headbands, teeny top hats and standard cone party hats, plus construction
paper, feathers and other fun odds and ends. Spend an afternoon creating cool
costume pieces for your guests to don when they walk through the door.
Chic up your sparkle
Tinsel and glitter has a time and a place, but for this party, class it
up with muted metallics, instead. Grab inexpensive fabric in jewel tones to
cover tables, make signs like “Happy New Year” out of poster board and spray
paint with a muted bronze color, then string together with twine or ribbon for
a cute DIY banner you can reuse for years to come.
Transform your space
With your parents’ permission, give your party space a little makeover.
Hang swaths of streamers across the ceiling, put up twinkle lights to change
the feel of the room and spread fabric over chairs and tables to give them a
Kick up classic eats
When you head to a party, you don’t want to wonder too much about what
you’ll be noshing on—or spend the night starving. And when you’re throwing a
party, you don’t wanna spend all night in the kitchen. Pick some favorites—like
PB&J—and add a twist to make it unique. Cut those sammies out with your
sugar cookie cutters, use different jam and nut butter combos, and you’ve got a
Photo booths are one of the best party trends we’ve seen, and we just
can’t get enough. Set up a well-lit corner with a fun background and lots of
props, like mustaches, hipster glasses and kissy lips, on wooden skewers.
Make a wish
Put out a fishbowl, vase or Mason jars with a pile of colored paper
strips and markers. Leave instructions for your guests, telling them to write
down one of their wishes for 2014. Have them put it in the bowl. You can burn
them for luck, seal them in balloons and release them, or read them aloud after
Build a party playlist
Set up a Spotify playlist that all your party guests can contribute to.
If you’re sending out evites, you can include the link on the evite site and
encourage your buds to put their favorite songs of 2013 onto the playlist. A
mix everyone loves? Perfect-o!
Recruit your besties
Have a friend who’s killer in the kitchen? Ask her to help with
dessert. Have a pack of pals who are crazy and don’t care who knows it? Ask
them to get the dancing going. Getting people involved will make them want to
help you make this party a success—that means it’ll be far less stressful and
way more fun.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 12/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN new year's, happy holidays, party ideas, holiday parties, winter parties