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