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OVER THE TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY IDEAS – Countdown to 2021!

So many fabulous “over-the-top” New Year’s Party Ideas!  Pick and choose you favorites, or go whole-hog and celebrate in fabulous Harlequin  style!

new year's eve party ideas

“OVER-THE-TOP” NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY IDEAS 

Today’s post is full of more “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for your end-of-the-year soiree!  Below you’ll find more great inspirations for your party decor and some of my professional catering tips.

I’ve also included an Easy New Year’s Eve Downloadable Garland project for under $3.00!  It only takes a few hours of time and some metallic card stock.  Voila! 

 

happy new year garland

So, let’s get started with some great New Year’s Eve Party Ideas !

 

YOUR PARTY “MISHAP” EMERGENCY KIT

Here’s on of my favorite New Year’s Eve Party Ideas.  When I throw a party I always have my “party emergency kit” nearby.

It’s nothing elaborate, but it comes in handy when a guest has a mishap that needs attention.  Once you put one together, you’ll have it ready for all your gatherings. 

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Here’s my list of suggested items to stock inside your emergency kit:

  • Rug stain remover spray
  • Clean sponge
  • White cotton towel
  • Salt
  • Club Soda
  • Wine-Away (specialty wine remover)
  • Laundry stain remover stick
  • Bottled water

 

Your party emergency kit simply needs to be refreshed as needed.  Make sure your towel and sponge are clean before your next party, and you’re good to go!

I chose a cute basket that I decorated with ribbons I used elsewhere in my party decor.  Rolling and decorating the white towel with the same ribbons on the TRUFFLED POPCORN display is a nice touch too.  

 

EASY NEW YEAR’S EVE DOWNLOADABLE GARLAND

happy new year garland

Download and print on any color glossy or metallic card stock that matches your party’s theme!  It takes under two hours to print, cut, assemble and hang!

Here’s the instructions for this fun and easy project for my New Year’s Eve Downloadable Garland:

Just choose what color(s) of glossy or satin card stock you want to use and get started!   (the letter outlines are in black, so no color printer is needed for this project)

  • Choose the color(s) of card stock you want to use for your garland.  You can choose all one color or alternate between 3 colors. (2 looks a bit hokey!)
  • Decide what you will use to hang the garland.  I used thin black twine, but you could use ribbon, rope or any alternative that matches your theme.
  • Download, print and cut out the letters and whatever stars you wish to use.  Once your garland is new year's eve downloadable garlandprinted, you can lay it on the floor in the order that pleases you.  Perhaps you want more stars?  Just print another star page, cut out and you’re ready to go. 
  • Once you’re pleased with your garland, measure out the hanging material of your choice.  Measure your garland’s length and add 16 inches for tying a knot at each end and hanging. 
  • Thread the twine or rope through the letters from the front to the back.  This allows you to have the long lengths of string in back of the letters.  
  • Tie a knot at each end, making it as close as you can to your last cut-out.
  • Hang your banner and get ready to party!

 

NAN’S TIP:

Using an X-acto type knife with a self-healing mat made quick and easy work of this project.  I did use scissors to cut out a few letters and stars for my New Year’s Eve Downloadable Garland, though.  It took a bit longer, but was still super easy.  

This is one of the “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve Party Ideas that is both easy and inexpensive.  I put together the whole New Year’s Eve Downloadable Garland in just a few hours and spent under $3.00  ($2.86, to be exact!)

Click the New Year’s Eve Downloadable Garland cover image to download your FREE PDF today!  You’re just a few hours away from having a party-ready New Year’s Eve banner.

 

NYE IN CARTEGENA, COLUMBIA GETS A LITTLE “KINKY”

yellow underwearThis is the last of the “quirky New Year’s Eve Traditions” I’m featuring, and it’s a little kinky.

Historic Categena on Columbia’s Caribbean coast is a beautiful choice for New Year’s Eve.  It’s comes with palm trees, white sandy beaches, fireworks and bright yellow underwear!

If you’re traveling to any country in South or Central America during the holidays, make sure you pack some brightly colored undies. 

In a number of these countries, wearing yellow or red underwear on New Year’s Eve can increase your chances to find luck or love during the new year.  Yellow is the real favorite here, so if you forget yours, no worries, even the street vendors sell them!

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PHOTO PROP PICTURE FRAME PROJECT

Before midnight, why not “frame” your guests in a fabulous photo memory of your New Year’s Eve Soiree!  This New Year’s Eve Photo Prop Picture Frame is also just perfect for a NYE ZOOM party too! 

What’s more fun than clicking away, taking loads of fun pictures all New Year’s Eve long?  That would be making this festive and fabulous New Year’s Eve Photo Prop Picture Frame!

new year's eve photo picture frame

It’s such an easy project that comes together in just a few hours.  From downloading the Photo Prop Picture Frame PDF to arranging the props just how you like them, it’s just that simple.

And can we talk inexpensive?  The entire cost is for one 30″ x 40″ black foam core board, and of course, color ink. But, if you have a black and white printer, you can choose to color your photo props yourself with markers or paint.  

CLICK HERE TO READ HOW TO MAKE YOUR:  NEW YEAR’S EVE PHOTO PROP PICTURE FRAME

 

OVER THE TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY IDEAS GALLERY: 

  • Decorating your party venue with candles – use holiday decorations, assorted greenery, jingle bells, crystals, etc. to make your candleholders more festive and fun.  I also used some grosgrain ribbon hot-glued on some pillar candles to give them “stylish stripes”.
  • How to creatively display your flatware and plates – display your paper/plastic or plates and flatware in creative ways to help your guests serve themselves
  • Sheik Glittered Champagne Bottles (to pour and/or display) – tape off the top portion of your champagne bottles and give them a few coats of glitter or frosty spray paint to liven up your Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart.

 

 

ARE YOU A PARTY ANIMAL? HERE’S SOME PRO TIPS FOR THROWING A FABULOUS PARTY  

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Want to know how to add the “cocktail napkins twist” or “taming the leftovers” monster to your hosting repertoire?  I’ve shared some of my favorite PRO PARTY TIPS from my years of professional catering!

UP YOUR HOSTESS GAME FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE with my FREE 3-page PDF DOWNLOAD.

Click the image to download your 11 Pro Tips For A Fabulous Party PDF

 

NOT TOASTING AT MIDNIGHT? Why not revive the tradition of “the nightcap” instead!

According to “the source“, that is Wikipedia, a nightcap is an alcoholic beverage consumed right before bed. Typically it’s of a higher alcohol content than what might have been enjoyed earlier in the evening.

Since my guests will be making their way home afterwards, I’m keeping my nightcap on the lower end of potency.

I’m really liking this idea for New Year’s.  It takes the pressure off of the host to get everyone a drink in their hands simultaneously.  Can you spell S-T-R-E-S-S?  Unless you’ve got lots of “helpers” among your friends, this can be a fabulous substitute. 

A nightcap is meant to end the evening with a warm, cozy ambiance. What better way to greet the cold trip home in these chilly winter months.  (Obviously, your guests won’t be leaving as soon as they finish their drinks!)

 

homemade amaretto liqueur recipe

A FEW “RULES” FOR SERVING A NIGHTCAP TO YOUR GUESTS:

  • Give your guests a little break from alcohol towards the end of the evening; circulate with a tray of sparkling waters and fruit juice spritzers to help cleanse their palates
  • A nightcap should be a one-off, not “one more” of whatever you and your guests are drinking
  • Set your last drink apart and pick something special, something to savor at the end of a fabulous night
  • A nightcap should also be brown (it’s just one of those rules).  So my Big Batch Chocolate Brandy Alexander Cocktail recipe certainly fits the bill!
  • As a rule, a nightcap shouldn’t stray too far from what was served throughout the party. It should bring them together and offer a fitting, not a dissonant conclusion.
  • Perhaps most important, a nightcap should be warming.  Part of the allure of a whiskey or brandy imbued libation is a warmth at the back of the throat. After the initial burn subsides, only a soothing comfort remains.

 

TWO PERFECT COCKTAILS TO OFFER AS A NEW YEAR’S “NIGHTCAP”

BIG BATCH CHOCOLATE BRANDY ALEXANDER COCKTAILSchocolate brandy alexander cocktail recipe

Serving this Big Batch Chocolate Brandy Alexander Cocktail recipe as a nightcap on New Year’s Eve is both stylish and tasty! Why not end your New Year’s Eve celebration with a nightcap worthy of “the last drink of the night” status?

You can read the post and get the recipe here:  Big Batch Chocolate Brandy Alexander Cocktail 

 

SPIRITED HOT COCOA WITH CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM

spirited hot cocoa nightcapSpirited Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Whipped Cream is one of the decadent luxuries we should allow ourselves once in awhile.  And the perfect time for indulging is New Year’s Eve, isn’t it?

Here’s the link for the recipe for this fabulous taste treat:  Spirited Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Let’s start this new year off with a bang, shall we?  Get your party animal on and try some of my fabulous Over-the-Top New Year’s Eve Party Ideas yourself!  

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PRINTABLES – Up Your Hostess Game!

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Don’t forget to download these fabulous New Year’s Party Printables to help make your soiree a festive greeting to the New Year!

  • NYE Photo Prop Picture Frame
  • Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart Guide
  • Cocktail “Bow tie” Drink Name Tags
  • “Happy New Year’s” Garland
  • NYE Champagne Bottle Wrappers
  • NYE Party Photo Props

 

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