Festive New Year's Eve Decorations Perfect for Any Party
You've probably hosted so many parties this year that it may be hard to remember them all—but none are as glitzy and glam as a true New Year's Eve bash. Before it's time to create resolutions for a healthy, happy New Year, your guests are looking forward to letting loose at the party of the year. Whether you've decided to host just a small circle of your closest friends and loved ones or you're inviting throngs of giddy neighbors from your entire block, each New Year's Eve party starts with special decorations designed to ring in the New Year at midnight—plus oodles of Champagne, of course.
Before you put on your dancing shoes, you'll need to decide what kind of party will you host. If you're inviting loved ones over for a seated meal, maybe you'll focus all your efforts on your tablescape of the year, choosing a spectacular color scheme to draw your guests' attention to shimmering plates and clinking glasses. But if you're planning on a more lively evening, consider your space and all these DIY elements that can elevate a living room, kitchen, or any outdoor areas into a soirée-ready destination. Turn the countdown into a glittery affair by reinventing sparkly tinsel garlands into Champagne cocktail toppers or a numbered banner.
Here, we've transformed an empty wall into an essential part of the décor with an epic balloon display that adds a pop of sparkly color to a classic Champagne bar. Balloons are a classic addition to any New Year's Eve event, and this evening may be the one occasion that adults can have just as much fun with these pliable fixtures as kids do. Like the balloon display pictured here, nearly all of our best New Year's Eve décor ideas can be used both in laid-back gatherings and formal fêtes.
From balloons to confetti and festive garlands, these are all the New Year's Eve party decorations your party needs this year.
Hanging Bubbly Ball Decorations
These festive decorations are reminiscent of Champagne bubbles rising to the top of a glass, which makes them the perfect adornments at any New Year's Eve bash. They may look fancy, but the spheres are made from two commonplace, inexpensive materials: foam balls and baking cups.
Metallic Silver Balloons
Let these puffed-up balloons loose in your space and any gathering is transformed into a veritable bash. We swapped out common string for wide satin ribbons in cheerful colors. Sticky gift-wrap pom-pom bows placed beneath each balloon cinch the celebratory look.
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Countdown to Midnight Balloons and Horns
You needn’t spend a fortune to deck out your New Year's party. Instead, customize a few basic party supplies. Number, letter, and dot stickers convert balloons into "almost midnight" clocks, create festive messages, and act as "confetti." (Make clock hands and the center dot out of extra strips and the inside of a V and an O.) Party horns create a garland when wrapped with metallic origami paper and secured with double-sided tape, then threaded with a needle and monofilament. (Tie a knot in between horns to keep them from slipping.) Finish with a few other metallic decorations, and you’re ready to usher in 2020.
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Gilded Champagne Glasses
Dress up a tray of Champagne coupes to match the bubbly they hold. Dip a small paintbrush into metallic craft paint; brush off any excess. Gently touch your brush to the glass to make dots, spacing them farther apart as you work your way up the glass. Let them dry completely before drinks are served.
Glowing Reflection Wreath
Welcome guests to a night of glitz and glamour with this opulent wreath. After all, few decorative touches say "Let's celebrate!" quite like silver. It looks exquisitely detailed, but the technique is simple: We arranged floral appliqués onto a craft ring, then spritzed it with spray paint to help the bedazzled ring blend into a beautiful mirror display.
Tinsel Number Banner
Don't pack up the Christmas decorations before you ring in the New Year. Sparkly tinsel garlands make flashy party décor. Cut the New Year's numerals out of card stock and punch two small holes at the top of each numeral. String the numbers onto a 2-yard length of ribbon and use a hot-glue gun to attach a length of tinsel garland to each number, snipping the ends. Hang your banner with thumbtacks.
Instant Antique Candleholders
Like magic, you can turn clear vases and candleholders into "mercury glass" and make plain framed glass look like an age-worn mirror. To give everyday objects a pleasing patina, try this trick: Just use mirror paint, and add water for a result that looks authentically old. To start, work on a protected surface in a well-ventilated area. Clean your glass before starting and cover the vessels' exteriors with paper or remove glass from its frame. Then, spray the interiors of vessels or frame glass lightly with water and then with mirror paint (the water will make the paint appear mottled).
Party Favor Decoration
You'll want to provide guests with confetti and noisemakers for the big ball drop at midnight, but you can incorporate these favors into your tablescape display well before the countdown, too. Store everything you need in these cute, bright bundles of fun.
"Happy New Year" Cards
Invite your guests with this handmade greeting card that'll set the right tone for an elegant evening of fun. Print our clip-art that you can impose onto your own stationery of choice or use the art to make your own reusable block-printing stamp (which you can then use year after year).
Bubbly Decorated Invitations
Put guests in a bubbly mood before they even arrive with these invitations. Download our flute template, print, and cut out; trace it onto the front inside cover of a blank card and cut it out with a craft knife. Use a glue stick to secure the card's open side shut. Cut a piece of cardstock to the height of the card and one inch narrower than its width. Rubber-stamp the bubbles onto the front of this cardstock and write your details on the back before sliding it into the card.
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New Year's Hats
Children go crazy for New Year's Eve—when else do they get to stay up so late? But while the grownups will happily sip Champagne and chat, the junior set might need some help killing time before the big ball drop. Create a make-your-own-hat station by setting out plain plastic top hats, along with a selection of basic crafts supplies (streamers, stickers, pom-poms). Have child-safe scissors, craft glue, and double-sided tape on hand for assembly, and let the little ones go to town. They'll love modeling their creations as much as making them.