New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

LAST UPDATED: Apr 07, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Dec 31, 2012 | By:

New Year’s Eve ideas for a home celebration to make it oh-so-special! Get ideas for sweet treats, simple party elements and easy ways to make a New Year’s Eve party memorable.

In just 12 simple and sweet steps, you’ll put together a New Year’s Eve party that is family friendly, festive, and beautiful.

A woman in a black sequined dress holding a confetti popper for a new year's eve party idea.

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This New Year’s Eve party inspiration shoot is full of easy decor ideas and inspiration.  Captured by photographer Alea Lovely, it was fun to come together with local event vendors to create something festive and beautiful for inspiration!

I tend to think the best New Year’s Eve parties are hosted at home. With that in mind, I wanted to offer this fun list of 11 quick and easy ideas to decorate and serve for a festive party at home!

A couple holding glasses of champagne for an easy at home new year's eve party.

This post was originally published in December of 2012. It was updated December 2020 with new information and ideas!

These easy and charming concepts will help bring your home to life for a festive New Year’s Eve that your friends and family will love!

11 Steps to Host a Festive At Home New Year’s Eve Party

  1. Add balloons! They are cute for decoration all over the floors, the furniture, or on tables and over entryways. A model in a black sequined dress, holding balloons for a new year's eve party idea.
  2. Make charming glittered votive candles! Click here for the glitter votive DIY.
  3. Make your own adorable drink stirrers. These little drink stirrers are the perfect garnish to a glass of champagne – click for the easy details! A single glass of champagne next to a glittered votive candle.
  4. Add gorgeous florals! You can create a festive centerpiece (like the one featured here by Victorian Gardens). She spray painted billy balls and eucalyptus gold and tipped spider mums in gold. Get my best tips for creating your own floral designs at home! A table set with glasses of champagne, new year's eve party in background.
  5. Switch out your artwork with some quick and easy DIY ideas like this glitter art! The glitter art I created for the living room served as a backdrop for the dessert bar.  Glittered artwork in a vintage frame for a New year's Eve party idea.
  6. Use Confetti Poppers! It makes such a fun and festive atmosphere and adds color, too. Make your own confetti poppers if you’re feeling up for a creative DIY! confetti and champagne bottles on a gold tray for new year's eve ideas.
  7. Clocks make the cutest New Year’s Eve decor and there’s a good chance you’ve got a few already at home. I love pulling decor from throughout our home – it’s completely free and such a great way to avoid buying things you won’t use again. This old gym clock was pulled from our master bedroom.A vintage clock set to midnight for a New Year's Eve party decoration.
  8. Champagne, of course! It’s fun to serve miniature bottles of champagne that act as both a toast and a party favor. If you’re hosting a kid friendly even, they’ll think it’s so much fun to have their own mini bottles of an alcohol free version, too.
  9. Numbered candles or even sparkler candles, found at a party store, are perfect on a cake for a fun and festive pop.  
  10. Display your party invitation for a cute addition to your dessert table. The invitation {by Allie of Announce This} along with the sweet treats and clocks added a cute element. A new year's eve party dessert display on a white chest.
  11. Gold tipped meringues graced the bar along with gold glitter whoopie pies. Make your own meringues with this super easy method! Use this gold food paint for the prettiest addition. A plate of white cookies in front of a white and gold polka dot New Year's Eve cake.
A woman blowing confetti for a new year's eve celebration.
Three vintage clocks set out for simple New Year's Eve party decorations

Top Tips for an Easy New Year’s Eve Party

  • Mini champagne bottles are perfect for a beverage bar or as favors.  Here, they are individually chilled on ice in small cylinder vases.Small bottles of champagne in clear glasses for a New Year's Eve idea.
  • Shop your own home! Use clocks for decor and switch out the artwork for something more festive!
  • Make a few special treats that can be elevated with pretty trays and decor elements. Try this gorgeous mandarin orange cake for an option that’s sure to impress guests! A white and gold polka dot new year's eve cake topped with 2013 number sparkler candles.
  • Use candles everywhere! Make your own glittered candles or find festive number candles to celebrate the year.
  • Create fun treats the whole family can enjoy. Making meringues is easy and feels special.
Model in a sequined dress holding a plate of white cookies for New Year's Eve.

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A white and gold polka dot new year's eve cake topped with 2013 number sparkler candles.

Psst… A charming gold bar cart is the perfect addition to a New Year’s Eve Party! Click through for all the details on how to style and where to buy a brass bar cart.

For the full New Year’s Eve party inspiration shoot, visit Style Me Pretty.

How are you celebrating New Year’s Eve this year? I hope it’s the best year ever!

A woman smiling behind a sparkling candle on New Year's Eve.

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