You don’t have to leave home to get the same feeling of Time Square or a fancy hotel with these fabulous New Year’s Eve party ideas.
Glitter and Glam – Amazing New Year’s Eve Party Ideas
If you’ve ever been to a New Year’s Eve party, you know that it doesn’t matter where the party is staged, whether in a fancy hotel or in a friend’s home, the success or failure of the party has to do with the party set-up, decorations and food.
That’s why I’m all for preparing for the big event by gathering the best ideas together so that it’s the best that it can be.
Keep in mind that even if you’re looking to pull out all the stops, you don’t have to break your budget by throwing a fantastic party.
All you have to do is take these ideas and make them your own. I like to mix and match anyway, so that my guests never have the same experience twice.
Which is a good mantra for hosting parties anyway.
And, above all keep it simple. You don’t want to overdo your event and not have time for your guests–they are, after all, what makes a party a party.
In the end, have fun and enjoy welcoming the New Year in style. It’s the only way I know to set the standard for the year to come–isn’t it?
So, what are you waiting for? Bring on the glitz and glam with these fun and fabulous New Year’s Eve Party ideas and tips.
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Essential New Year’s Eve Party Supplies
You and your guests will feel like you’re at the Ritz with these over-the-top party supplies.
Ring in the New Year on a high note by glamming it up. These tops can be dressed up or down. Add a shrug, a glitzy shawl or even a fancy jacket. Paired with black dress slacks or even a short or formal A-line skirt. Or better yet, wear with sequined leggings!
I don’t know about you but New Year’s Eve isn’t complete without a side table filled with the requisite New Year’s Eve hats and head gear, horns, and streamers.
Every New Year’s Eve party should include both alcohol and non-alcohol drinks, along with flavored coffee, tea, and sparkling water. And, don’t forget the cocktail shaker for your favorite martini.
Dress up your drink station with these gold jeweled champaign glasses. Whether you prefer champaign, sparking ale or even sparking soda, you’ll feel like a million dollars drinking out of these.
If you want your party to scream “Rockefeller” but don’t want to fork out a $100 a plate, then these heavy-duty gold rimmed plastic plates are the perfect substitution. Just make sure that no one tries to walk out with theirs. In fact, these plates are reusable (i.e., washable)–now that is ritzy-frugal, if you ask me.
New Year’s Eve Music
One thing your New Year’s Eve party cannot be without and that is music. Share some of the season’s best standards with your guests. One of my favorite are these soundtracks to the motion picture, New Year’s Eve. It has everything to ring midnight in style, like “Auld Lang Syne,” as well as a few new hip-hop tunes that will have your guest dancing up a storm.
New Year’s Eve Movie
There’s the other side of New Year’s–when romance seems to take front stage. After all, it is perfectly acceptable to give kisses (or, Hershey Kisses) at midnight. Better yet take in a romantic flick that will have your sweetie swooning for more!
New Year’s Menu and Recipe Ideas
Just like the fancy hotels, you too can offer sit-down service or a bedecked buffet by offering a variety of finger foods and crudités.
Or, go simpler yet by laying out an extravagant cheese board, replete with fresh baked breads and a variety of Italian sausages and olives. along with a variety of hard and soft cheeses.
Or, try these crowd pleasers:
Fabulous Party Fondues
How easy is this a self-serve chocolate fondue unit. Set out whole and chunked fruit, pound cake, miniature brownies, and marshmallows for a decadently, delicious sugar rush that will be flowing into the wee hours of the morning.
Sophisticated Midnight Salad Bars
Fruit, pasta, or even lettuce salads are perfect for New Year’s Eve parties. You can offer a number of cut up vegetables and meats, so that guests can make their own salad.
Or simpler still, make the salads up ahead of time but serve them in a fun way–like this pictured tiered serving platform. Either way, just make sure that you allow your guests to put their own dressing on the lettuce salads, because otherwise, the lettuce will become limp and lifeless–something you definitely don’t want happening at your party.
Bold Party Appetizers and Drinks
Be bold this year by offering a variety of finger foods. However, don’t forget the cream cheese dips, carrots and celery and chips. Giving guests a choice between healthy and, dare I say it, not so healthy options, keeps the night swinging.
And, if you are adventurous, why not give these bold and original appetizers a try:
Mini Cheese Ball Bites
Source: Five Heart Home
Source: The Midnight Baker
Cheddar and Bacon Loaf
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Easy Cucumber Tomato Bites
Source: Karas Party Ideas
Champagne Jello Cups
Source: The First Year
New Year’s Eve Party Ideas – Set Up Tips
From large to small spaces, you, too can deck the halls and great rooms with these lavish ideas.
When you’re small on space but need a big WOW factor, think outside of the box. This super cart idea is perfect for hosting all of your drink and party favors for New Year’s Eve.
Source: For Rent
This champagne table (below) is simple but elegant. Give your guests a choice to make their own design cocktails. But you don’t have to stop there. You can also set up a Hot Chocolate Bar or blend some South-of-the-Border Margaritas or island-worthy Spa Mojitos.
Source: Cake ‘n Knife
Black and white never looked so elegant on New Year’s Eve as it does with this buffet display.
Source: Craft that Party
For more great ideas for hosting the best New Year’s Eve Party, be sure to check out my Pinterest Board: New Year’s Eve Ideas, as well as these great resources:
- Top 75 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas
- 11 Fun New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Food, Games & Decorations
- Throw the Easiest New Year’s Party Ever
- Drinks and Party Ideas for New Year’s
And, for party tips all year long, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Entertaining Section.