Christmas Day has come and gone – I hope you had a lovely one! But that doesn’t mean the holidays are over, does it? Not around here! We keep the celebrating, festivities, and gatherings going right into the New Year. So much to cheers, so much to be thankful for, so many faces to see. December is a full month, from friend’s get-togethers, our Darling Abigail’s birthday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Post-Christmas dinners, New Year’s Eve and Day celebrations!
For Abigail’s 1st birthday, we created a Winter Wonderland theme, with hanging snowflakes, gluten-free vanilla cake and cupcakes, sugar cookies, snow frosted centrepiece and plenty of sparkling wine from Gloria Ferrer. Her birthday party kicked off the holidays and it was a such a nice way to connect with friends and family – to celebrate our precious diamond of a girl!
Abigail arrived last winter, just before Christmas – so although she technically had a first Christmas, this really was her first real Christmas. She took her cues from her older brother, and was smitten with wrapping and bows, sometimes even more than the gifts they enveloped. Watching the holiday season through her eyes and Little A’s was magical to say the least.
We often host at our home and to keep things easy, light-hearted, and merry – I have a few party ideas and tips to share with you. Since we’re only a few days shy of New Year’s Eve, I thought I would let you in on some fun New Year’s Party ideas plus some holiday entertaining tips that are good to keep in your back pocket.
20 Easy New Year’s Eve Party Ideas
- New Year Playing Cards – fill them out, have fun, be inspired!
- Use Evite.com for invitations
- Make Fast Fruit Tarts to serve guests
- New Year’s Eve Party Printables – love the champagne flute tags!
- DIY New Year’s Eve Shakers
- Gold Pen + Black Paper = perfect cocktail menu / dinner menu / place settings
- DIY For Auld Lang Syne sign: just print bold letters, cut them out, and string together!
- Serve anything with sparklers on them
- Champagne buckets everywhere!
- TIP: Prepare ice a few days in advance so you have a good supply
- Sparkling wine and white chocolate covered strawberries are a perfect combo
- Create a playlist with all the right songs: 1990s Electronic Music Playlist
- Cut store bought party hats into mini-hats for stylish and fancy look
- Make your bubbly last – 24 sparkling cocktails
- BYOA: Bring Your Own Appetizer
- Start the party at 9pm! No need for dinner, just snacks and drinks will do.
- Fondue – cheese or chocolate.
- Meet at a bar/club/lounge – check if there is a cover in advance and just bring the streamers and kazoos!
- Re-gift party: Bring a present from Christmas that you didn’t like and want to exchange. Make a game of it.
- Kraft Paper Party Decor – cheap, easy, fun, and easy clean-up!
Party Tips to Remember
- Have fun! If you’re too tired or feel obligated, the party just won’t be fun. Don’t stress, make it light and easy.
- Stock up! Have simple foods on hand in case you run out of main party foods or appetizers. Easy picks; salsa and chips, cut up veggies and dip, popcorn, juice, soda, water bottles, apples, cheese.
- If all else fails call the pizza guy! Seriously, if you were counting on a potluck and three people show up without food…or it was a bring your own wine invite and a few bottles never showed up…call in a pizza or that guy who delivers wine (there’s a service in nearly every city!).
- Set up everything HOURS (even the night) before. Do as much of the decor, place setting, servings platters on the table, glasses lined up…etc. hours of even the day before. In the final hours before the party, you’ll feel so much more relaxed and able to focus on getting ready yourself and finalizing the details.
- Once the party starts, relax and have fun. Yes, you’re hosting, but remember to enjoy too. If you’re running around, have your partner, friend, or family member make you a plate to eat and a drink – so you don’t miss out!
Special note: a New Year’s Eve party wouldn’t be complete without a toast and a countdown to the New Year! Gloria Ferrer has the perfect selection of bubbly and sparkling wine to choose from. My personal favorite is Gloria Ferrer’s Blanc Noir – Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs is not shy about its Pinot Pedigree. You see it in the light blush coloring, taste it in the fresh berry flavors and feel the lush textures.
Happy New Year’s celebrations, dear BOTL. readers!
[line] BOTL. is part of Gloria Ferrer’s Holiday Campaign and as such received sparkling wine and party favors to entertain with over the holidays. Opinions, stories, and curated ideas are 100% our own, thank you.