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Throw a Sophisticated New Year's Eve Party

 Easy elegance on New Year’s Eve. That is what most of want when we are prepping for a party - whether it’s for four guests or forty. The big secret to achieving this? Creatively using what you have on hand. 

You may need to pick up one or two inexpensive items for accents, but overall, you don’t need to spend hours or tons of cash putting together a spread for it to be fabulous.

For our sophisticated New Year’s Eve party, we made quite a few super quick DIY projects that will add that little extra something special to your event.


Dazzling DIY Decor



Fringed garlands are a huge trend right now. With a pack of tissue paper and a little bit of string and glue, you can have a dazzling backdrop in minutes. For our “Happy New Year” banner, we went simple. 4.25-inch circles were cut out of glittery cardstock, letters out of black glitter cardstock and tied everything together with some shiny curling ribbon.



A sprinkling of sparkling lights and candles always helps to set the mood at a party. We brought out a few of our white pillar candles, and to dress them up for the occasion, we banded them with some glittery paper. Quick and easy! We even added some glitz to our champagne bottles to double as a wow-worthy centerpiece.


Delicious Dessert Recipe


Our champagne glasses also were dressed up with a bit of sparkle; a quick snip of ribbon glued around the base of the glass brings special to spectacular! The serving trays were painted with chalkboard paint and doubled as labels for the food (get the recipe for our Champagne Glass Tiramisu here).


Lovely Tablescape for a Dinner Party


You can take these few ideas for a serving table and add more trays, more candles and more garland to fit any size party you have. The tablescape reflected the silver gold and black theme of the buffet. Using some glittered wrapping paper, a quick runner was placed over top a plain white tablecloth. Dramatic, and cheap! Plus you don’t have to worry about washing errant spills out of glittered cloth.



Standard florist vases were painted to match the décor and filled with white roses, including roses from 1-800-Flowers. A few tea lights added to the atmosphere. This simple yet sophisticated centerpiece idea added a dash of elegance to the decor.



Each place setting was created from pieces we had on hand. Gold chargers (usually available for a dollar or so if you don’t have them) held plain white dinner plates topped with gold salad plates that were found at a thrift store. A piece of wrapping paper cut to ribbon size banded the plates together. Accenting the place setting was a sparkly brooch, but use whatever sparkly piece of costume jewelry you might have to make this idea work for you.

You really don’t have to spend a lot to create an elegant New Year’s atmosphere - just be creative with the pieces you have!

More New Year's Eve Treats:

New Year's Gold Popcorn Tin from The Popcorn Factory

Joy of the Season Treats Gift from Cheryl's

Classic Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn Tin from Harry & David

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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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