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Glittery New Year's Cocktail Party

All that glitters is gold. Usher in a fresh new year with a sophisticated (and sparkly!) New Year's Eve party. Find ideas for dazzling New Year's decor, a delicious holiday menu, even a DIY photo booth!


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    • Set a Dress Code

      Send the year off in style. This party's dress code? Something that sparkles. Whether it's a sequined dress or a metallic bangle, add at least one piece that shimmers or shines to your outfit for a look worthy of Times Square. 

      What's Your Party Personality? Shop serving trays now!
    • Stock a Bar Cart

      Cheers all Eve-ning long with a well-stocked (and well-dressed) bar cart. Offer a selection of both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Fun garnishes, stirrers, syrups, and straws let guests play bartender -- so you don't have to!


      Did You Know? To toast after sipping or with an empty glass is considered bad luck. 


    • Raspberry-Champagne Fizz

      Pop. Fizz. Clink. Every party needs a signature drink. Expect nothing less than fizzy berry champagne for this New Year's Eve bash. A cool pour of fruit syrup gives each flute easy, dramatic color

    • Rim Cocktail Glasses

      This New Year's Eve, give your cocktail glasses a festive double dip: first in lemon or lime juice, then in colored sprinkles. Edible glitter also does the trick. 

      Easy Cocktail Tricks
    • 3 Easy Ways to Glitter Up!

      Thanks to these three so-simple crafts ideas, your New Year's Eve party will never run out of sparkle. 

    • Create a NYE Playlist

      Jam out to a playlist that's packed with the year's best tunes. Upon RSVP'ing, ask guests to send in requests for their favorite songs and artists. 

    • Make a Cupcake Holder Garland

      Surprise! Cupcake liners are for more than just baking. Round up your favorite patterns and colors, fold each in half, then staple together for a garland that's as good as gold. 

    • Get the Perfect Party Look

      Quick! Get in all on the happening hairstyle secrets. This easy party hairstyle comes together in minutes but looks like you spent all afternoon.

    • Use Glitzy Servingware

      Pretty up your table with standout trays, plates, napkins, and more. Go gold or silver, printed or plain -- either way, your table never looked so good. 

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      Charcuterie is just a high-class name for a meat-and-cheese tray. The French trend is easy to customize and welcomes items such as pate, salami, pickled veggies, aged cheese, and chutney. 

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      Gruyere Cheese Straws

      Mingle and munch on light-as-air cheese straws. The golden crispies get their European flair from Gruyere cheese. You'd never guess they were baked with frozen puff pastries. 

      Make-Ahead Party Recipes
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      Triple-Olive Tapenade

      Trade that boring bowl of olives for blender-spun tapenade. This umami version gets three salty hits -- green olives, oil-cured, and kalamata -- and goes great on crusty crostini. 

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      Nothing says party like nachos, no matter how upscale the gathering is. This piled-high starter is best dressed in classic fixings: cheesy ground beef, pinto beans, sassy jalapenos, cilantro, and salsa.

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      Compound Butters

      Treat your bakery-fresh baguette to six delectable butters. Each starts with a stick of storebought butter and finishes with an infusion of delish flavorings:


      - Dill-Chive

      - Tarragon-Shallot

      - Gremolata

      - Cilantro-Lime

      - Raspberry

      - Blackberry-Honey

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      Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing

      On a scale of one to fancy, this rich beef tenderloin is as lavish as they come. Wrapped in a buttery blend of cremini mushrooms and salty prosciutto, this wine-draped dish will melt in your mouth. 

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      Vanilla Holiday Cookies

      Treat guests to a starry-eyed surprise: sparkly vanilla cookies. A quick smear of homemade icing and some edible gold glitter take them from bland to beautiful.

      Best. Cookies. Ever.
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      Macadamia Nut Cranberry Shortbread

      Candied cranberries take center stage alongside macadamia nuts and white chocolate in these lush shortbread bars. Make your own candied cranberries by bubbling them in fruit juice, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and citrus. It's easy!

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      Cranberry Fruit Jellies

      These dazzling jellies are so sweet, your teeth will hurt from just looking at them. You can thank crisp pomegranate juice and snowlike sugar coating for creating this festive treat. 

      Amazing Fruit Desserts
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      Croquembouche with Maple Cream

      Croquembrouche (or croque-en-bouche) is a French mountain of golden pastry goodness. Flakes of sea salt and delicate caramel stars take the New Year's Eve treat over the top. 

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      Set Up a DIY Photo Booth

      Capture your party's special moments with a do-it-yourself photo booth complete with a handcrafted backdrop, goofy props, and (of course) the right camera. 


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      Pick Your Fortune

      Wait for next year to recieve your fortunes -- or make your own before the ball drops! All you need: pretty paper or fabric circles, hot glue, and strips with handwritten wishes and resolutions.

      What's Your Party Personality?
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      Make Confetti Poppers

      Greet the New Year in grand, glittery fashion with confetti. Make your own homemade poppers using empty Push Pop containers and a mix of colorful cut paper scraps -- use patterned, tissue, and wrapping. Hole punchers and ridged scissors create fun shapes. 


      PS: Leftover confetti makes fabulous table decor

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      Ring in the New Year

      Scraps of tulle and mini bells make any wooden crafts stick instantly adorable. Tie or hot-glue the materials at least a day before the party, then ring away when the clock strikes midnight. 

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      New Year's Secrets You Need to Know

      What makes a fun New Year's soiree? How can you dazzle? Hear answers from YouTube's biggest beauty names -- PLUS get a behind-the-scenes look at their photo shoot for the magazine!

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      Light Sparklers

      Light up the dessert tray with festive sparklers and cute numbered candles to commemorate the year. Just be sure you don't get too close to this sparkly sendoff! 

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      Easy Party Appetizers

      When time is short and you need to get cooking, reach for one of our easy appetizer recipes to get the party started. Each of our appetizers is quick to pull together and perfect for any last-minute gathering. Including snack mixes, bruschetta, and creamy dips, our easy appetizers are perfect for your party needs.
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