DAUGHTER: Celebrate New Year's Eve in something fun and festive with party flair. Enter this LBD in a classic fit-and-flare silhouette and embellished with a sparkly collar. Pair with open-toed sandals for a soiree-worthy ensemble.

Blair Dress, $198; blithe.nyc
Octavia Tassel Sandal, $158; madewell.com

MOTHER
Of course, you'll want to find something extra special to break out for the 2016 send-off celebration. The good news is that we've spotted a black-and-white number that doesn't cost a fortune. A classic hounds-tooth pattern gets dressed up in silk with a frilly ruffled edge. Accessorize this sophisticated look with your favorite shiny jewels and a pair of metallic strappy heels.

Wolfsooth Silk Dress, $110; jcrew.com
Posh the Competition Heel, $39.99; modcloth.com

Robbie Caponetto

New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. It’s also vastly overpriced and overcrowded just about everywhere you’ll go. Here are some of our favorite New Year’s Eve party ideas at home.

Make your own photo booth backdrop

Create an Insta-worthy photo booth backdrop using streamers, ribbon, and glittering fabrics to make a festive wall where friends can take professional-looking photos ringing in the New Year. Hang them from the top of the wall, and set up a props table with New Year hats, glasses, and noisemakers for people to pose with.

Give out New Year’s-themed party crackers

Party crackers filled with fun surprises are a fun favor to hand out to guests. And they are super simple to make: Cover a toilet paper or paper towel roll with sparkly paper, or leftover wrapping and/or tissue paper. Fill it with confetti, candy, small toys, and printed fortunes for the year to come.

 

Host your own ball drop at midnight

This is one of the most creative New Year’s Eve Party ideas we’ve seen. All you need is a large, round paper lantern (white is best) and lots of cheap silver glitter. Using a foam brush, apply glitter glue in sections to the lantern. Sprinkle the glitter onto the glue, and shake it. Repeat until the entire lantern is covered. Affix the ball to a string, and hang it through a hook to create a pulley system where you can lower the ball as guests count down to twelve. Make it an annual tradition, and decorate the ball with a new theme every year.

 

 

Organize New Year’s-inspired games

Whether it’s getting people to divulge personal secrets or competing for a shot to give the New Year toast, party games are a great way to break the ice and get people excited for the night. This is especially great if you are hosting guests from many different groups.

 

Make bite-size foods

Whenever you host a party, choosing the right food is key. For New Year’s, you’re going to want food that doesn’t require a fork and knife, so guests can keep a drink in hand at all times.

These fried green tomato sliders, dangerously addictive fried hominy bites, and these adorable buttermilk mini chicken and waffle bites would all make killer New Year's Eve party appetizers.

Do-it-yourself ideas are a great and creative way to start the next year off right. Everyone's involvement is key.