Happy New Year! Ring in the celebration with some fun and festive ideas that make hosting a New Years Eve party a blast. You'll be the toast of the town without ever having to leave home.
Count Down Bags
Keeping track of the time is always a task at any New Years Eve celebration. To allow everyone to relax and look forward to each our of the countdown, craft these brilliant countdown bags.
Prepare a bag for each hour, from the second hour of the party (allowing guests time to be fashiobably late) up until midnight. Fill each bag with a task and items that may help to complete the task. For example: "Interview three guests" might come with a pre-printed list of questions and a pencil. Get as creative as you like.
You can also adapt this idea, if you are a young family spending the night at home. Fill each bag with family-oriented ideas, such as a holiday movie, a puzzle, or a deck of cards.
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Good Luck Food
Adapt a cultural tradition for ringing in the New Year. Set a table where guests can sample, or even craft, good luck food. Here are some ideas you can try.
In Spain, Columbia and many other latin countries, celebrators eat twelve graps at midnight for good luck. Offer guests with grapes in a little bowl, or provide an American update by threading the grapes on a skewer and placing them in a filled champagne flute.
In China, oranges are the good luck fruit of choice. Have plenty minature ones on hand for guests to enjoy. Wrap each one in red tissue paper for a festive presentation.
Rice, is seen as a staple food that signifies bounty throughout the world (which is where we get the tradtition of throwing rice at weddings). Include a rice appetizer or side dish to serve.
Dutch folks prefer donuts to bring in the new year. The sweet rings signify the year coming full circle.
Bubble Wrap Stomp
Let us face it, we all just want an excuse to pop some bubble wrap. It brings out the kid in all of us. This year, why not provide your guests, or your family, with rolls of bubble wrap that can be gleefully stomped on, sat upon and popped? What a safe and joyously fun way to celebrate the New Year.
Look for rolls of the stuff sold in any office supply store or online. While clear is traditional, bubble wrap does come in several colors, so you can choose one or a few that will coordinate with your party decor.
It's a marshmallow world when you use edible ink and edible glitter to decorate marshmallow for a celebratory centerpiece. Take this simple idea and go one step more for impact.
Make a brilliant explosion of colorful marshmallows, place them on sitcks and insert them into a large white craft foam ball that you have cut in half. Decorate the rest of the table with fake snow and colorful paper glitter to make a table that will wow.
At the end of the night, guests can have fun eating the centerpiece!
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All that Glitters is Gold
Carefully cut the seal on a champagne bottle and pour out the contents (to savor now or later). Refill the bottle with gorgeous gold glitter and reseal the bottle for a beautiful centerpiece idea.
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