Anyone who is anyone is doing something big on New Year’s Eve, right? Take matters into your own hands this year and host a party for family and friends. Whether you’re uncoupled or a family of 10, you can throw an enviable party with these fun ideas
Pink & Gold Girls-Only New Year’s Eve Party
If you and the girls are all flying solo this New Year’s, it’s an occasion to not only celebrate the new year, but your singlehood. Make it a glammed-out glittering pink and gold celebration to ring in the new year full of sparkle and shine. Indulge in gold glitter-topped strawberry-frosted cupcakes and cheers to raspberry-infused pink champagne. Paint your party in pink and gold and shower your evening in shimmer.
Decorations: Drape your walls in strands of gold glitter garland or hang “Happy New Year” from corner to corner in your party space. Streaming clusters of shimmering stars from a ceiling corner to the floor also dazzles.
Desserts: Decadent cupcakes topped with blush-colored frosting and heart-shaped toppers will make a sweet statement. But it’s New Year’s Eve, so why not splurge with rose and gold-dusted champagne macarons and bronzed cake pops too?
Champagne: It’s a boozy affair, and bottles of bubbly are a must. Accessorize the drinks with tinsel pom poms or sparkling sequin ball stirrers. For even more pizzazz, sweeten the rims of the flutes with twinkling flecks of soft gold rim sugar. After cupcakes and champagne, the party’s officially begun. Call a cab and show off your party dress and paint the town gold.
Black & White New Year’s Eve Dinner Party
Rather than just throw a basic dinner party, color it black and white. Invite guests to wear black or white and then throw a stylish black-and-white bash. (Plus, this soiree will be the perfect excuse to play hostess in a sequined LBD with a tulle tutu.) Here’s how to celebrate the new year in sleek style.
Table Setting: Your table setting will be the aesthetic focal point of your dinner party — don’t be afraid to go over-the-top with table decor and accents. Start with a chevron black-and-white table runner and a beautiful floral centerpiece for a touch of fresh elegance. Add silver embellishments like mercury tealights and mini party disco balls.
Sweets: Black and white cookies and Oreos are practically requested guests of honor at your party. But the traditional sweet cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie won’t suffice for your elaborate affair. Treat guests with a sweet tooth to decadent chocolates and other colorfully themed desserts.
Fare: To really get into the spirit of your color scheme, cook up a menu of black-and-white cuisines like white chicken chili and black bean salad. Other ideas for delicious black-and-white food include white pizza, white lasagna and pan-blackened steak.
Rainbow Confetti New Year’s Eve Kids Party
If you’ve got a little brood at home, throw a confetti-themed New Year’s party fun for the whole family (seriously). An at-home family party may not sound as exciting as the wild days of pre-parenthood, but it can still be a special and memorable time with these fun ideas.
Confetti: Kids love confetti. And New Year’s Eve is the one time of year kids are allowed to make a huge mess with tiny pieces of paper. Celebrate this tradition with confetti wall decor, a confetti sprinkle cake, confetti-filled balloons, ice cream with sprinkles, colorful, chocolate-dipped strawberries and DIY confetti party hats.
Awards: While waiting for the ball to drop, keep the kids busy with a 2014 awards ceremony. Together as a family, come up with highlights of the past year and reflect on happy memories. Categories can include “Best Movie,” “Best Song,” “Funniest Moment” or “Favorite Trip.”
Resolutions: Help your kids make New Year’s resolutions individually and for the family. Maybe your son would like to try soccer or your daughter wants to take dance. Perhaps this is the year to go on a family vacation to a national park and camp out under the stars. Resolutions can even be as simple as eating together as a family three times a week or playing outdoors at least once during the weekend.