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