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Easy Last Minute New Year's Eve Ideas

With the pressure of the holiday season behind you, sometimes New Year’s Eve can almost be an after thought. If Thanksgiving and Christmas got the best of you this year and you’re scrambling to make plans to ring in the new year, listen up!

You don’t need a lot of cash or weeks of planning to make your New Year’s Eve party a smash hit if you try a few of our tips below. In the essence of time, here are a few quick and simple last minute New Year's Eve ideas you can do to make your New Year’s Eve a spectacular night!

Chalkboard Paint is Your Friend

To be honest, we’re pretty addicted to chalkboard paint. This versatile crafting supply is readily available at our offices when an idea sparks us. Be sure to have some at home when a last minute party pops up. We use chalkboard paint to decorate empty wine bottles in this idea that is perfect for New Year’s Eve.


Paint wine bottles, the bottom of wine glasses and more for a personalized and elegant theme to your last minute New Year’s Eve party.

What Time Is It?

Clocks are a big element used at New Year’s Eve parties. Since you’ll be paying attention to when the clock strikes midnight, incorporate that idea to your last minute party. 


We love these ideas here for clock cupcakes, cookie clock tray display, fun New Year’s Eve crafts and more.

Pop Some Bottles at Your New Year’s Eve Party

Champagne must have been invented for New Year’s Eve as far as we’re concerned! So don’t stop with just a little bubbly at your event. Gather up various types of champagnes and throw a party themed around the drink. All you need are the bottles and the people will come!


Mix up a few of our yummy champagne recipes for a boozy way to start 2013!

Just remember if you run out of time to make New Year's Eve plans, pick a concept and bring the party to you! These three ideas are simple enough to center your party around for a last minute New Year's Eve party.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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