by Annette Naif
DIY COUNTDOWN CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
Further amp up the anticipation of the 10 second countdown as well as add some extra detail to your champagne flutes by simply adding self-stick numbers (found where office/art supplies sold) to champagne flutes. Not only is it super quick and easy, but the numbers will double as glass markers too. After the event, just simply peel the numbers off or save them for 2014!
USE PARTY FAVORS AS DÉCOR
No NYE party is complete without blowers, noise makers, party hats, and boas. Get creative and double the favors as table decor. Simply place sporadically around a table, bar area, etc. and let guests freely choose throughout the night!
Having a smaller, close-knit shindig? Share laughs by having a resolution draw. Have each guest write down his or her top resolution on a slip of paper and create a guessing game out of drawing each resolution
You’re bound to probably be sipping champagne while getting ready or before the crowd is in full swing. Reuse the champagne bottles as candle holders. Not only will you be recycling, it’ll look très chic as well!
Tinsel Swizzle Sticks + Winter Wonderland Martini: Make a winter cocktail no one will expect! The “Winter Wonderland Martini” is a rich, sweet indulgence that’s perfect for the holidays. (Add a sparkly tinsel stick for a NYE spin.)
Head to a local craft store to find wood/block letters like “N” “Y” and “E” or numbers for 2013. Cover each letter or number in glitter and use them as a center piece or focal point of the party.
Not only are they adorable, they’re functional as decor as well! Cure your guest’s munchies by providing decorative delights such as clock sugar cookies.
You can really never go wrong with sparklers. If all else fails, light sparklers and you’re good to go! Using caution is always a must; but writing your name or a happy New Year message with the smoke outdoors is always fun too! Alternative to messy confetti all over your house.
By simply dimming your lights and/or swapping out your usual bulbs for colored ones, such as purple, dark blue or pink, you can create a whole new atmosphere for your event. It’s quick, easy and inexpensive!
HOME WITH CARE
Create cute care packages as party favors for your guests’ drive home or day after. Prior to the event, grab some goodie bags and fill them with necessities and life savers such as mini waters, advils, Emergen-C, and maybe even a hair tie! And of course, remember to be safe and have fun! Have a Happy New Year!