A HARLEQUIN NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – What’s black, white, gold and silver with tons of fun?
Even though I won’t be throwing a New Year’s eve party this year, I can’t resist the holiday’s fun vibe. So, I put together some incredible “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve party ideas that you’re just going to love!
Once again I find myself with lots of fantastic ideas I want to share with my readers. What to do? Have 3 New Year’s Eve posts, that’s what! And that’s actually not quite true either. With all the related recipe and craft posts, it’s a total of 7 Harlequin New Year’s Eve party posts!
SO MANY “OVER-THE-TOP” NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY IDEAS
Here’s all the “over-the-top” party ideas and info you’ll find in my combined New Year’s Eve posts:
- Inexpensive Harlequin New Year’s Eve tablescape – $50 or less!
- Champagne Jello “Posh Shots” in flute glasses
- Tri-color chocolate champagne bottle candy party favors
- Wine glass Harlequin votive lamp shades
- New Year’s Eve themed decorative matchboxes and “dolled up” pillar candles
- Easy ways to decorate your New Year’s Eve party decor with candles
- Decorative ways to display your plates and flatware (china and paper)
- How to chill champagne fast; how to properly open champagne video
- What’s the difference between Champagne and Prosecco anyway?
- Pro party tips and how to assemble an attractive “emergency kit” to take care of spills or party mishaps
- Fabulous “Posh Mallow” Tower table display and dessert
- Recipes: Truffled Popcorn, Chocolate Brandy Alexander Cocktails & a Tropical Hot Toddy Nightcap
- Craft Project: Glittered Champagne bottles
KICK YOUR NYE PARTY UP A NOTCH WITH FREE COLOR PRINTABLES!
- 3 New Year’s Eve Party themed champagne bottle wrappers
- New Year’s Eve themed guest drink name tags
- NEW YEAR’S EVE GARLAND – create your own garland with letters and stars
- Set of New Year’s Eve themed photo props (just add dowels or chopsticks for handles!)
LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!
Here’s how I put together a Harlequin New Year’s Eve tablescape for under $50.
The inspiration for a Harlequin New Year’s Eve party came to me when we were visiting Venice, Italy last Spring. I knew I wasn’t coming home without a few Venetian masks in tow. We booked a class at a famous mask-making shop to make our own!
As it turns out, we’ll be scooting out West for some fun in the snow right after the New Year. So, instead of throwing a party, I decided to make it almost impossible for you NOT to throw one!
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY TABLE DECOR COMPONENTS
TABLE COVERING: I found these versatile table coverings when planning one of my catered events. They’re made by Event Linens and are a stretchy spandex polyester that can fit multiple sized tables. Because they are actually designed for functions that use rental tables, they fit 6-8 ft rectangle tables down to the ground.
I however wanted to stretch it to fit my French Country dining table instead. As you can see, it went down at least 16 inches and gave the table a snug “polished” look. Tablescape base, done! There’s an extra one in the package for your bar too.
(I used a yard of fabric with the sides folded and taped for a swanky bar covering. It was $5.99/yd for the fabric, and it can be reused!)
$26.99/Pkg of 2 on Amazon by Event Linens
TABLE RUNNER: One of the really great tips I picked up when catering professionally was to use rolls of decorative papers when designing my event table decor. As you can see in the the picture, I just rolled out a length of black and white striped paper. I simply folded the edges to give it “finished” runner ends. Lots of impact for a few feet of paper! This is the 3rd time I’m using this roll!
$31.31 – 25 ft. long x 20 in. wide roll of paper from Prime Offerings
HARLEQUIN PAPER PLACE MATS: I fell in love with this tear-pad of Harlequin design paper placemats. The pad comes with 25 sheets, so I was determined to give them several roles in my party plans. The table still needed another “layer” on the tablescape base, so I used three to go down the runner’s center. Now I had harlequin diamonds on top of a broad stripe. A perfect mix of patterns!
$25.95 – Harlequin paper place mats, pad of 25 sheets, 17″ x 11″ by de Potter Paris
CANDLES AND EXTRAS
When it comes to candle holders, vases and such, I have lots to choose from. So I ran matching pillar candle holders in various heights down the center of the runner.
Then I added silver-star decorated candles I have been using during the holidays the past few years. (use anything you have in your home that will work with your party’s theme and decor, it’s a real $$ saver!)
Next I wove a few yards of a pretty wide gold mesh between the candles, swirling it to give some height. Adding a few gold and black streamers, party horns, and our Venetian masks rounds out my New Year’s Eve party tablescape.
Less than $10 for the whole kit-and-kaboodle.
I COLLECT SALT-AND-PEPPER SHAKERS – It’s a bit of an obsession…
I forgot to mention that at the last minute I added my 6 silver snowflake salt-and-pepper shakers scattered around the table’s center. Don’t kill me, I can’t help using them every chance I get! You’ll be seeing more of my collection…
Again, using something that I already owned to give my New Year’s Eve party tablescape a little more flair. Just saying.
AND THAT’S HOW YOU CREATE AN INEXPENSIVE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY TABLESCAPE!
Well, you can see that it isn’t that hard to create a sophisticated and festive New Year’s Eve party tablescape. With a little inspiration, some cool items from around your home and a few dollars, it’s a done deal! Go forth and create!
HOW ELSE CAN I USE MY HARLEQUIN PAPER PLACE MATS?
I decided it would be fun to meet guests at the door with a glass of champagne and some Truffled Popcorn. Immediately I thought of the place mats, which measure 17″ x 11″. If I tore one in half, that would make two very posh popcorn holder “cones”. After making enough cones for all the invited guests, the pad of 25 sheets will be long gone!
CHAMPAGNE JELLO “POSH SHOTS” & “POSH MALLOW” TOWER
Here are two of my “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve party ideas that just might steal the show! The first is a really festive “adult dessert” that looks as pretty as it is dangerously delicious. It’s my Champagne Jello “Posh Shots” in Flute Glasses.
Pink champagne with raspberries inside your favorite jiggly dessert, what more can you ask? Vodka? It’s already in there gals!
The second is both dessert and a part of your New Year’s Eve party decor. I’ve created a really special way to display my New Year’s Eve “Posh Mallow” Tower & Gourmet Dipped Marshmallow Pops that is a snap to make yourself.
These “gourmet dipped marshmallow pops” are almost too stunning to eat. I made them match the party theme colors of gold and silver. Force your guests to take the first bite, the second will surely follow!
Click the links to get the instructions for these fabulous “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve party ideas. Both are simple to make and fabulous to eat and look at. Why not give one or both a try and unleash your “party animal“?
WANT TO HEAR A QUIRKY NEW YEAR’S EVE TRADITION FROM…?
I’ll be featuring a quirky New Year’s Eve Tradition from around the world in each of my three New Year’s Eve posts.
Today’s tradition is from Denmark, where you need to wear closed-toe shoes during the holidays. Get this, in Denmark it’s tradition to smash plates on your neighbors’ houses as a sign of affection.
What? Yes, after midnight neighbors come out and toss some plates around for fun! Whoever has the largest pile at their doorstep in the morning is said to have the most loyal friends.
Wow, who has to sweep up all that broken china? Mosaics seems like it might be a profitable business in Denmark. There’s certainly lots of raw supplies about the streets the day after!
Next post… Mexico! It’s a doozy!
MORE OVER-THE-TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY IDEAS TO CHECK OUT
Now, for two more really fun New Year’s Eve party ideas that you can add to your plans. Because the holidays and parties seem to always involve candles, I started thinking about matches and matchboxes.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DECORATED MATCHBOXES
Since they need to be around the party venue anyway, why not make them really suave? You know, something that your guests will use and then tuck in their pocket. Kind of like at a restaurant or hotel. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.
Off to Amazon I went, where I found a carton of 50 plain white cover wooden matchstick boxes. For $10.95 a carton, I clicked the “buy” button right on the spot. I also decided to put Party Plus Favors in my party vendor contact list for future party planning needs. I love when I find great companies, products and prices.
In my mind’s eye I saw sophisticated stripes and “bubbles” to match my Harlequin New Year’s Eve party. One night I turned on a Hallmark Christmas movie, got out my markers, Sharpies and a ruler and went to work.
How do you think they turned out? Pretty nice, huh? They really “classed up” my Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart for the Holidays. How’s that for an easy “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve party idea?
You missed my two How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart for the Holidays posts? Click the link above to get started with Part One.
CHOCOLATE CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE CANDY FAVOR BOXES
My signature parties always have favors for my guests to take home, and this one is no different! As I was brainstorming what “relevant” kind of gift item I could give, I immediately thought of holiday candy. But, what type of candy, and how would they be packaged?
I have paper mache square boxes left over from my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree, so I decided they would be perfect. A quick coat of gold glitter spray paint and they were good to go.
Now what kind of cute candies could I find or make? While I was in the cake decorating department in Walmart, I spotted cute silicone champagne bottle candy molds.
A light bulb went off above my head and I grabbed up two molds and then went foraging. I wanted to see how I could make some of the candies metallic silver or gold.
Wilton’s Color Mist in silver was just what I was looking for to make the dark chocolate bottles. I used white, espresso flavored and dark chocolate to make my tri-colored champagne bottle candies.
To assemble the favors, I first put in some leopard or black tissue paper as a base for the chocolates. Then I added 5 assorted bottles and tucked in a few “diamonds” to give the favors a little added bling.
Another really simple “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve party idea for you to try. This project can be knocked out in just a few hours, start to finish. Why not give it a whirl?
FUN NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY PHOTO PROPS TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
Time to finish off the first post in my three-part “Over-the-Top” New Year’s Eve Party Ideas series. If you’re a member of the Ingredients For A Fabulous Life community, you know I’ve created something original for you!
Today’s special gift is 3-pages of New Year’s Eve Themed Photo Props for more party fun! Once the phones come out and start flashing, your guests can get a little silly with these festive and whimsical photo props. No photo booth needed!
For best results, I recommend using satin or glossy white card stock to print out your photo props. Just glue them to some dowels or chopsticks for handles and they’re picture-perfect-ready! CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD
WATCH FOR PART TWO OF THREE NEXT FRIDAY!
HAVE I INSPIRED YOU TO THROW YOUR OWN NYE BASH?
I’ve given you lots of fabulous ideas to get started planning your own New Year’s Eve party this year. Did it make you want to ring in the new year with style and panache? Why not try a few of my very “posh” over-the-top New Year’s Eve party ideas this year?
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