December 31 is always a great time to host a soiree. By planning your own New Year’s Eve party, you're able to bring your friends and family together while managing to avoid overpriced restaurants, and, when the night is done, you’re already safe and sound in your own home.
With a little DIY creativity and planning, you can set the tone for the coming year and throw a party to remember. So stock up on paper supplies, crafts, hors devours, and cue “Auld Lang Syne,”—we've rounded up a few of our favorite New Year’s Eve party ideas to bid farewell to the old and usher in the new.
Dress it up with a DIY photo booth
All you need is a camera, a printer, and an app like SLR Booth Pro or Wifibooth, and you can set up your very own photo booth! Grab all the Happy New Year swag you can find, along with mustaches and beards, monocles, hats, and wigs (hey, you can even print your own props with your; PIXMA Printer and set them out on a table.
Hang a snazzy curtain on a rack for a backdrop, or decorate a wall with streamers and balloons, and let your guests take it away. Need more inspiration? This Buzzfeed piece gives some other ideas for backdrops and props and suggests an easy alternative set-up for those who don’t want to download a photo booth app.
Accessorize with New Year’s hats and masks
Get all dolled up in time for the ball to drop with your own DIY New Year’s hats and masks. You can make these in advance, or set out a crafting table and offer your guests a fun crafting activity. Minted.com offers a party hat template you can print yourself. Take the activity a step further by printing out phrases like “Happy New Year!” “Is it midnight yet?” “Kiss me!” and anything else you can think of. For a masquerade theme, TheBalance.com has an array of free templates for printable masquerade masks. Stock up on sequins, feathers, markers, glitter, and other supplies and make those masks shine. (The hats and masks are perfect for use in that photo booth, too).
Level up your appetizers and beverages with DIY labels
When you’ve decided on the New Year’s Eve party finger food menu (may we suggest timeless classics such as fancy pigs in a blanket, glazed cocktail meatballs, and caramel fondue, for starters) you can get started on the presentation. We love these printable illustrations from Food52.com that sit atop toothpicks—they’re sure to draw lots of compliments. And don’t forget to embellish the beverages. Print these “Have a Sparkling New Year” labels from The36thAvenue.com and clock wine glass tags from EverMine.com to set the celebratory mood.
Get crafty with party decorations and favors
Adda little sparkle to the new year with printable banner letters from Swanky Design Company, which offers free templates in silver and gold. Or opt for a tuxedo theme and print a few black-and-white “Happy New Year” signs to frame (along with matching tuxedo wine glass tags), via the site Place Of My Taste. For favors, try your hand at creating your own confetti poppers. Simply cover a popsicle mold with a DIY “Happy New Year!” label, fill it with shredded tissue paper, and wait until midnight (Style Me Pretty has the details). The blog Create Craft Love has another great idea for a midnight surprise: fill cellophane bags with chocolate kisses and print a label that says “midnight kisses.” Kisses for all to start the year, whether single or committed.
Here’s to a safe, peaceful and prosperous New Year for all!