New Year’s eve party invitations
A great party begins with a great invitation – it starts generating excitement for your event immediately. And, it doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you’re creative.
- What says change more than a clock! Design your own clock invitation either by cutting one out of colorful construction paper (and writing the information on the back in glitter pen) or finding a graphic online.
- A calendar is another way to show the passing of time. Copy the month of December from a favorite calendar and circle December 31. Invite your guests to “Come Change the Page” with you.
- If you don’t have “time” to make an invitation, personalized New Year’s Eve invitations are the perfect choice.
- And one final thought…send a candy watch as an invitation. Write or print out the information on a card and attach it with a colorful ribbon to this timeless treat. Wrap it in tissue paper before putting it in the envelope to guarantee it doesn’t break. Or, if you’re not having a huge party, hand deliver them.
- Add some streamers confetti or even a confetti popper or two for an invitation with a bang!
Try one of these fun wording choices on your invite:
Raise a glass and celebrate
The New Year with Amy and Charles!
Turn back the clock for one night only
At Jason and Susan’s New Year’s Party!
Time for a Change!
Welcome in the New Year
With the Mason Family!
Whatever type of invitation you decide to use, mail it as early as possible. Remember, this is a busy time of year and people book up early.
New Year’s Eve decorations and party supplies
Welcome your guests with a personalized New Year’s banner. Add your own message (Time to Party!) to a festive, weather resistant banner (we even have one with a clock on it). It looks great inside or out.
- Scatter bunches of balloon bouquets in a variety of colors around the room for a celebratory touch. Place them in corners and around doorways. Use them on your tables as centerpieces but place each bouquet in a glass bowl filled with coins. This is after all Time for “Change”!
- Keep decorating simple with a black, silver and gold New Year’s decorating kit. With streamers, ceiling decorations, and cutouts this kit has everything you need to decorate your space. Add some New Year’s glitter cutouts for some sparkle. (Includes some clock cutouts, too!)
- Hang these black, silver, and gold foil starbursts around your main party area. Attach paper clock faces to the center of the circle starbursts to tie in the theme!
Just remember, stick to a black, silver, and gold color scheme to tie your New Year’s party together!
new year’s eve menu and table decorations
New Year’s Eve is always a late night party, so you may not want to start the festivities until after 9pm. This makes menu planning much easier. Offer heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts; they can easily be made in advance and will still be tasty at midnight. Follow these fun decorating tips to make your buffet and tables pop:
- Whatever you serve, place it all on fabulous Happy New Year paper goods because New Year’s Eve is not the time to be doing dishes!
- Whatever types of beverages you decide to have, serve them in light up glasses that change colors. Or, give your regular glasses a little extra splash with light up ice cubes that will flash to different colors all night long. They’re sure to be a huge hit with your guests.
- Pile wind up clocks in the center of each table to tie in the theme. Surround the centerpiece with super stars confetti.
- Turn your centerpieces into dessert with a cupcake display! Decorate 12 cupcakes with piped frosting, each with a number, 1-12. Arrange the cupcakes on a white circular tray just like a clock face. Use licorice rope as the “hands” of the clock and have them pointing to midnight!
Along with decorations, make sure to keep your guests entertained as you ring in the New Year!
new year’s eve activities
First and foremost, hang a big clock on the wall so everyone can watch as the year changes at midnight. If you prefer to watch it happen on TV, just make or buy (from a school supply store) a big colorful clock. It will be a great decoration. Hand out some noisemakers for everyone to use as they celebrate the New Year:
Entertain your guests with one or more of these New Year’s activities, too:
- It’s a night of fun and merriment as you wait for 2015 to change to 2016, and music is key to any party. Create your own Cds (don’t forget to include the classic song “Changes” by David Bowie) or just plug in your personal music device and you will have tunes all night long.
- Capture the evening forever with great photos of your guests. Consider a New Year’s Eve photo op of Father Time or Baby New Year from Party411.com. Your guests will love having their photos taken as these classic characters, and after the party, you can post them online for everyone to enjoy.
- Party games are great for people of any ages. Time honored games like charades are always fun but how about some games about change? Give your guests pieces of paper and colorful markers and tell them to finish the sentence “I want to change my………in 2016.” Who knows what people will say, my hair color, my job, my relationship with my mother-in-law! Have them post them on the wall and then let everyone guess who wrote it. There are sure to be lots of comments and laughs about them. (You can add another sentence like “The changes I want to see in the world this year are…” a little more serious but you’re sure to get some wonderful answers.
- As the clock ticks down to midnight, hand out balloons filled with paper confetti. Have guests pop them as the clock strikes midnight. (Want a less DIY route? Try these easy confetti poppers.)
- If you have the space, a balloon drop is always a favorite!
Karaoke is another great activity for a New Year’s Eve party. Buy, rent or borrow a karaoke machine and throw in a few songs about time and change for your guests to sing:
- The Times They Are A-Changing – Bob Dylan
- Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and His Comets
- Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
- If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
- A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
Don’t forget to send your guests home with a treat as they head out the door!
New Year’s Party Favors
your guests home with a souvenir of a great evening. There are lots of choices but consider some of these:
- Small calendars either purchased or created by you. What better way to start the New Year than to change your calendar?
- Decorate cookies with piped frosting to look like the face of a clock. Guests will love to munch on this themed favor on their way home!
- Don’t forget favor bags for guests to fill! GO TO PARTY CITY
Keep your guests entertained from the moment they show up entertaining couples’ games, icebreakers, and party classics.
Cotton Ball Blitz
- Cotton balls
- Two bowls for each player
- Put two bowls in front of each player on the ground. One should be filled with cotton balls; the other should be empty.
- Ask players to put a dab of Vaseline on their noses. Set a timer for one minute, and Ready, Set, Go!
- The player who can move the most cotton balls from one bowl to the other using only their nose wins!
- Ribbon cut into 3 foot lengths
- First, there should be one ribbon for every two players. (Make sure you have an even number of players.)
- In your hand, hold a bunch of the ribbons from the middle so the ends dangle loose.
- Have every participant grab the end of one ribbon. Let go of the ribbons, and the two people who are holding onto the same ribbon become dance partners.
- This fun icebreaker helps mix up the dance floor and makes for some funny pairings (two male dancers/two female dancers!).
- First, blindfold all the male players. Then, have the female players sit down in chairs in a line.
- Each of the male players must then go along the line of female players and try to identify them only by touching their knees.
- Have them write their guesses down on a sheet of paper, and the player with the most correct answers wins?
New Year’s Secret Stash
- An assortment of small objects
- Sheets of paper with each guest’s name
- As each guest enters, the host hands them an ordinary object (hairclip, bouncy ball, Kool-Aid packet, etc.)
- The player must keep the object on their person but out of concealed areas (like pockets or purses). Throughout the night, they have to try to hide the objects as best they can (in hands, hair, etc.).
- At the end of the night, players write down each other’s objects on a sheet of paper (with all the guests’ names), and the one with the most correct answers wins!
New Year’s Champagne Race
- Two bottles of champagne
- Champagne flutes
- Have players sit at a table, and give each one a champagne flute and a teaspoon. Set bowls filled with champagne in front of them. (One bowl for 2-3 players.)
- The object of the game is for players to use the teaspoon to fill their glasses with champagne. The first one to do so, stands up, taps his or her glass with a teaspoon, and gets to give a toast for the New Year!
- Bingo Sheets with a characteristic in each box
- Writing utensils
- This fun icebreaker has guests mixing right when they enter the door! As people arrive, give each one a Bingo sheet and writing utensil. Each box on the sheet should have a phrase describing one or more of the guests (i.e. married at age 23, travelled Europe during college, rock climber, lived in Manhattan).
- As players mingle, they find the people with these characteristics and have each person sign off the spot on the Bingo card. The first player to get Bingo wins!
Find Your Song
- Slips of paper
- Popular song lyrics
- On long slips of paper, write out a line or two from a popular song. It might be a recent hit (like “I kissed a girl and I liked it”) or something related to New Year’s (like “Should old acquaintance be forgot and auld Lang syne?”).
- Cut the slip of paper in half, so part of the lyric is on one half and part of the lyric is on the other half.
- Hand out slips of paper to each guest as they arrive, and at some point in the evening, announce that each person has to find the other guest with the rest of their song. The first three couples to find each other win a prize!
Pass the New Year’s Hat
- New Year’s Hat
- Have a group of 10+ guests sit in a circle, and give one player a New Year’s themed hat.
- The object of the game is to pass the hat from the head of one player to the next without dropping the hand or using hands.
- If a player drops the hat, he or she is out of the circle, and the last player left wins the New Year’s hat!
- 20-25 shot glasses
- Variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic liquid
- Empty champagne bottle
- Gift cards
- In a circle on a large table, arrange 20-25 shot glasses.
- Fill each shot glass with either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic liquid (i.e. tequila, whiskey, vodka, peppermint schnapps, chocolate milk, eggnog, coffee, orange juice, milk). Make sure to fill a few of the glasses with some odd edible liquids (i.e. melted butter, olive oil, soy sauce, ranch dressing).
- Like the game Spin the Bottle, have player spin an empty champagne bottle in the center of the circle. Whichever shot the bottle points at, the player must drink. (No exceptions! Except maybe allergies.)
To sweeten the deal, put a few small gift cards in the glasses. This might encourage a couple of the guests who don’t want to swallow melted butter to play!
New Year’s Flip Cup
- Paper Cups
- New Year’s Themed Prizes
- This college throwback will have groups of guests competing for some New Year’s Bling. Have each player sit at a table, and give each one a paper New Year’s themed cup filled ¼ of the way with beer.
- Guests must drink the beer, put the cup top down on the table (with a little hanging over the edge), and use their index fingers to flip the cup right side up.
- The first one to do so wins a prize. New Year’s Eve Accessories allow you to have prizes for multiple rounds on the cheap while also dressing guests up with some bling before the countdown!
- Hoola Hoop
- Great for some pictures, this game makes every player look a little silly! Tie a banana from each player’s waist, so it hangs 12 inches from the ground.
- Place a hoola hoop in the center of a room, and put an orange for each player equidistance from the hoop.
- The object of the game is for players to push their oranges into the hoola hoop using only their bananas. It makes for a pretty awkward (and hilarious) sight!
Guess the Month
- Go through old magazines from the past year, or travel to your local library to search through old news articles (this is fun research, though). Find as many events as you can that took place in the past year.
- Make a list of these events, and have your guests guess which month in which the event took place. For example- “During what month did the King of Pop die”? Whoever guesses the most right wins a prize.
Charades of the Past
- Go through magazines and newspapers to pick out events from the past year.
- Use these events as “titles” to act out for Charades or “Win, Lose or Draw”. For tons of fun, make each of your guest’s team up in twos and act out whichever past year’s event that they have randomly drawn.
Guess Whose Resolution
- Slips of paper
- Writing utensils
- Make each of your guests write down 5 resolutions, each on its own slip of paper.
- Pull one slip of paper out of a hat at a time and read it out loud. Everyone has to write down who they think made each resolution.
- After everyone has gone, the person who guesses the most correctly wins a prize. Read some of the wrong guesses out loud for fun!
Find Your Prediction
- Fun objects (favors)
- Slips of paper
- Make up some phony generic predictions like, “In the New Year you will shave your head”, write them on slips of paper, and attach them to a corresponding item (like a wig).
- Hide the predictions with their corresponding items, and tell guests that predictions are hidden around the room, and that they each need to find one, read it aloud to the group, and open it. (These make nice funny favors, too.)
- Index cards
- This is a game that is patterned after the game “Taboo.” Before guests arrive, write down the name of a person who was big in the news in the past year on an index card.
- On the back of the card (or somewhere on the front of the card), write down four words that the person who chooses that card cannot use to describe the person on the card to other guests.
- Split into two teams. The other guests have one minute to figure out what the name is without the “chooser” of the word using any of the four words on the card. If the “chooser’s” team cannot guess the name, then the other team gets one chance to guess the correct name. The team who guesses the most names correctly is the winner.
- For example: The name is “Al Gore”. The four words that cannot be used to describe him are vice-president (ok, so that’s 2 words), Tipper, Democrat, and election. So the “chooser” could tell the team that “he is close with Bill Clinton, he works in politics, etc.”.
New Year’s Eve Word Mix
- Writing utensils
- Everyone is given a word that has to do with New Year’s Eve (everyone uses the same word), and each player has to make as many other words as they can in 5 minutes using only the letters in the original word.
- Repeating a letter is not allowed unless it is repeated in the original word and proper nouns do not count as words. The guest who writes down the most original words is the winner.
Guess Which Guest
- Game Sheet (see below)
- Writing utensils
- Before the party, create a game sheet that includes a statement about each guest from the past year. For example, you could write, “Gave birth to twins.” “The name of the person______________”. “The names of the twins_________________ and __________________”. Or a statement like, “Wore the same outfit every day for 2 weeks”. “The name of the person_________________”. “A description of the outfit __________________”.
- Give a game sheet to each player, have all of your guests mingle, and ask each other questions to determine whose name belongs with each statement. Whoever has the most names filled in correctly after about 10-15 minutes’ wins.
Who Wins a Prize?
- New Year’s Eve Prizes
- Every 10 minutes or so (or longer, depending on how long the party is supposed to last) call out a question that relates to guests at the party, such as “Who’s the youngest here?” “Who brought the best food?” “Who said the last word?” “Who laughs the loudest?” “Who’s sitting next to the hostess?” and so on.
- Award a New Year’s Eve themed prize each time you call out a random question. Soon, lots of people will have prizes- and they won’t have to stay for the entire party or worry about missing all of the games because they are party hopping.
True or False
- Game Sheet (see below)
- Writing Utensils
- Create a game sheet that includes the name of each guest along with 2-3 statements that can be true or false next to each name.
- Give each person a game sheet about an hour into the evening. Next to each statement, have them write either write “true” or “false”. The person who answers the most statements correctly wins a prize.
- When everyone has handed in their papers, tally up the true and false votes, too. It’s pretty funny to see what others think is true.
Pink Passion Cocktail
Want a new year filled with passion and daring? Set the tone with a sexy pink drink! Combine 2 oz. peach schnapps, 2 oz. Tequila Rose strawberry cream liqueur and two splashes of cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, pour into a martini glass and top with a splash of lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a twist of lemon and a raspberry on a puff pick.
Midnight Shot Bar
The fun starts when the ball drops! Along with the bubbly, serve trays of shots in mini glasses. Make the three easy shot recipes below — Kahlua Shots, Raspberry Lemon Drops, and Vodka Shots — to satisfy every taste!
Spicy Ginger Man
Holiday flavors abound in this festive drink with hints of vanilla, hazelnut, butterscotch, ginger and cinnamon. Serves beautifully on a gold tray brimming with New Year’s confetti. Combine 1 oz. vanilla vodka, 1 oz. hazelnut liqueur, 1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps and 2 oz. ginger beer in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Spirited and spicy!
Neon Glow Cocktail
When the ball is dropping, wow everyone with a drink that glows in the dark! Wait until you’re ready to serve to combine the ingredients. Fill each tumbler with one-part pink lemonade from concentrate, 6 parts tonic water and 1-part gin or vodka. Turn out the lights and turn on a black light, and the quinine in the tonic water glows neon pink. To extend the theme, serve with neon drink stirrers and hand out glow sticks
Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party
The girls at HEYLOOK sent over a NYE party kit that is as fabulous as it is simple to decorate at home, just in time for tomorrow! Here are four easy DIY projects that are a must for a New Year’s Eve party:
. Gold fringe wrapped numbers:
For the NYE “2017” decor you’ll need:
– cardboard used some boxes leftover from Christmas gifts
– a tinsel door curtain
– glue and scissors
– numbers (or letters) printed on paper to desired size.
Trace number outlines to cardboard and cut out. The font used on the numbers is called Bebas neue and can be downloaded free here. Then place some glue on the cardboard cut out and wrap a few strips of the foil curtain around it. Continue in this way until the entire cardboard number is covered with foil strips. You can cut off excess strips or simply let them hang off loosely, depending on what look you’re going for. If you like the look we created, make twist the strips a few times while wrapping and attaching them to the number. If you like it more neat, attach the strips evenly.
These numbers, although fairly large, are very light-weight and can be hung from the ceiling on nylon string with a bit of tape.
We completed the look by hanging strips of foil curtain from the ceiling in several places. This entire decor is done with one single curtain, so the costs are really low.
2. Confetti Poppers:
For the confetti poppers you’ll need:
– tissue paper
– toilet paper rolls
– glue, scissors
– glitter dots (you can use a hole punch to make your own)
– double sided tape
– sewing needle and thread
– nylon fishing line
Brush a thin coat of coat of glue on toilet paper rolls and wrap tissue paper like in the photo above. Using a sewing needle, pull the thread on one end of your popper. This will be the bottom of your confetti popper. Once you threaded one end, make sure to make a knot large enough on the inside so the thread stays put. Add confetti, and tie the other end of your popper with fishing line to hang from the ceiling. Embellish with tissue paper, glitter dots, double sided tape and loose glitter sprinkled on.
Wishes for the New Year:
They also created a printable for Wishes for 2017, an idea worth perusing in lieu of guest books for your weddings! Guests can write their wishes for the new year and hang them on streamers. Print out the cards for the New Year’s wishes and cut them out.
Glitter New Years Candles Decoration
4 White Candles
Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter
tep 1: Cut out 2-0-1-7 out of vinyl, sized to fit on your candles. Place vinyl numbers on your candles.
Step 2: Brush a thin coat of mod podge over a small portion of the candle and glitter, using tinsel glitter. Continue until the entire candle is covered, including the vinyl number. You can use a different colored glitter for each candle. Allow to dry completely.
Step 3: Once dry, slowly peel off the vinyl numbers.
Step 4: Display and light to ring in the New Year!
New Year’s Eve Photo Props
1 sheet of Stiffened Felt (brown, black or whatever color you’d like)
Bamboo Skewers (10″ long. check the baking aisle of your grocery store)
Hot Glue gun
Tall drinking glass
Crinkle filler (optional)
New Year’s Kids Party Ideas
Kids love celebrating New Year’s Eve, too, but bedtimes often mean they miss out on the fun! This New Year’s celebration won’t be held at midnight though, but in the afternoon! The kids get to celebrate and you and your adult guests will have time to get home for the babysitter, so you can go out on the town and celebrate New Year’s Eve too!
The party around 5:00, so the kids have time to play before dinner. Have dinner at 5:45 and then a New Year’s countdown around 6:15. Then everyone would hit the road around 6:30.
new year’s party invitations
They will love getting their own invitation in the mail! Our whimsical ticket invitations are also great fun.
Try a few of these kid-friendly invite ideas to make yours extra special:
- Send a ring pop along with your invitation that says, “Ring in the 2016 at the Miller’s New Year’s Party!” Your young guests will love the sweet treat.
- Fill silver New Year’s balloons with metallic star confetti and attach it to a card that says “Blow Up & Pop!” Write your party info on the back of the card, and your guests will love this interactive party cracker invite!
- Toss a couple of pieces of glow jewelry into your envelope that guests can then wear to the party.
- Keep it simple but exciting with a handful of streamers confetti in each invite!
If you’re hosting younger kids, then this is probably the wisest choice. Do you really want to watch a house full of little ones by yourself? Probably not, and parents love to see their cute kiddos enjoying a party! It’s a great photo op.
Get The Kids Involved: If your child is “hosting” the party, then ask them to help with the invitations. Print up invitations on white cardstock and ask your kids to help add sparkles. Or, let them color on the invitation. They will love helping
New Year’s party decorations
As the kids arrive, be sure to pass out an assortment of fun New Year’s theme wearables and favors. Here are our favorite:
- Happy New Year tiaras for the girls
- New Year top hats for the boys.
- New Year’s Party Kits are great and include noisemakers, hats and tiaras.
- Glow Jewelry, like bracelets and necklaces, are always a hit with the kids and are perfect for New Year’s Eve!
As for decorations, think fun and bright when filling your room. Here are some great options:
- A funny New Year bathroom door cover will get laughs.
- A gold New Year’s fringe banner brightens up the room.
- Happy New Year’s swirls are fun hanging from the ceiling.
- Add a Times Square scene setter to a wall for a great photo op!
- Or, get all your decorating done in one shot with a colorful New Year’s Decorating Kit! Comes complete with garlands, cutouts, and ceiling swirls!
You can buy these at a local party store (be sure to call ahead so your order is ready) or you can buy a helium tank and New Year balloons and make them yourself!
Get The Kids Involved: Decorations are another great place to get kids involved. Make a large welcome banner and have them help color in the letters. If they are older, they can paint the sign themselves!
Kids New Year’s table decorations and menu
Depending on the ages of your little guests, you might want to bring in small tables and chairs to make them more comfortable. Even the picnic table they use in the summer will work. Here are some fun items to decorate your tables:
- Cover them with bright New Year’s table covers to make them feel more special.
- A Happy New Year’s Centerpiece on each table is a great way to brighten up a room!
- Or even a New Year’s top hat with balloons coming out of it would be great surprise for your guests.
- Then sprinkle some colorful star confetti around the tables to finish off the look!
Get The Kids Involved: Get your little ones involved by making DIY centerpieces! Have them decorate stars cut from heavy cardstock with glitter and markers? Glue the stars to long wooden skewers and display them by propping them up in vases filled with basket filler.
Your menu certainly doesn’t need to be fancy for a kid’s New Year’s party. We all know how picky they can be, so choose foods they will eat! I would, however, make whatever you serve seem extra special for the holiday!
- Kids eat hot dogs, right? Serve pigs in a blanket to make it fun!
- Serving grilled cheese. Use cookie cutters to cut the sandwiches into fun, festive shapes.
- Serve Mac & Cheese in a fancy silver bowl.
Make sure to use bright New Year’s paper goods to add color to the room. It’s easy for cleanup, and, with kids, you won’t need to worry about anything breaking.
New Year’s kid’s activities
Just before the “ball drops” make sure you have everything set up for a night your little guests will never forget!
- Have a New Year’s countdown about an hour into the party. A balloon drop will get everyone cheering!
- Pass out glasses of sparkling apple juice in plastic champagne glasses.
- Don’t forget to have confetti poppers to pop and neon party bubbles to blow – they will love these.
- Make sure they are all wearing their hats and tiaras you passed out at the beginning of the party. Get the cameras ready!
Make sure to send your young guests home with something to remember the last day of the old year! Try one of these fun favor ideas:
- Everyone will love getting their picture taken at the party. Set up a photo booth with a digital camera on hand and have the kids stand in front of a 2016 photo op! Print the photos before they leave. An inexpensive along with the photo makes a great favor.
- The kids will love getting a personalized New Year’s candy bar!
- An assortment of fun toy favors in custom New Year’s Eve favor bags is an easy and organized gift to send the kids home with!
Enjoy planning your kid’s New Year’s Eve Party. It will be an evening (or afternoon!) to remember!