Today, Meg is sharing just about everything you need to create a very special DIY New Year's Party. Love that these ideas would work for a party for 2 or 22. Read on for Meg's post.
I will admit that I am a softie for a fun New Year’s celebration. I love the idea of getting all dressed up fancy and going out to celebrate the ringing in of a new year. I also love staying in and making a fun party at home. That’s what New Year’s will look like this year with a 2.5 year old at home and myself 5 and a half months pregnant. I’ve had so many ideas pinned on my Holiday board that I’ve been excited to do. We took down our Christmas decorations and put up some New Year’s decorations all in the same day. Sometimes it feels challenging to want to decorate for one holiday when it’s so close to another. Often times our Christmas decorations are still up on New Year’s Eve. But this year they came down as soon as Christmas was over so that we could get in the spirit for a new year to come.
I modified a tutorial for making sparkly stars to hang from my mantle place. I didn’t want to hassle with glue and glitter, so I purchased scrapbook paper that was glittery with both silver and gold glitter. I made a free-hand star and cut out 9 to hang across the mantle. I used a needle and thread to hang them with string and simply just taped them to the top of my mantle. The only change I would make next time around is I’d either use double-sided paper or I’d cut enough to make them sparkly on both sides. They spin with a little air movement and I think it would be fun to have them sparkly on both sides.
I used the same scrapbook paper and cut out circles (free-hand again) of varying sizes and used a tiny hole punch to be able to string them on baker’s twine. I loved the look of this circular garland and decided to fashion one for one of our very large living room windows. I made two strands and hung them at varying lengths. It adds a fun touch of sparkle to the room.
Then I cut out some stars to embellish our champagne glasses and the food on the table. Some of them I attached to glassware and others I taped to toothpicks to add to brie and to some hummus. These little stars were inspired by a photo I saw for Blackberry Goat Cheese Crackers. What a yummy appetizer they would make!
I also made some Spritz cookies which are a Christmas tradition in my family. This year I made them for New Year’s and used some silver sparkly sprinkles to decorate them. You can find the recipe that my family has used for generations over on my blog.
And last of all, we will top off the New Year’s celebration with New Year’s Eve Popcorn. It follows the same recipe and process as the Party Popcorn that we’ve told you about in the past. But this one uses silvery sprinkles and these edible stars by Wilton. This popcorn is so incredibly festive!
There are so many more ideas I’d love to explore for a New Year’s party. Here are a few of my favorites:
Do you have fun plans for New Year’s Eve this year? I’d love to hear about your plans and parties and how you like to ring in a new year. Are you making things for a party or are you keeping it quiet this year? Share your ideas with us in the comments. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year to you all. XO
Meg Brothers is an artist, photographer, mama, and dreamer. She loves cooking, tattoos, and sporadic dance parties in the kitchen. She prefers dark chocolate, black coffee, and flip flops when weather permits. She is a lover of Pinterest and truly believes in integrating ideas and inspiration - big or small - into normal life. Meg lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Dustin and son, Julian. Meg writes about photography, family, and creative inspiration at megbrothers.com. Find her on Pinterest here and on Twitter here.
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