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New Year's Celebrations

Ring in the new year with a party to remember!

Party Tips and Decoration Inspiration

  • Pass out tiaras, top hats, and party whistles, or set up an area where everyone can decorate paper hats.
  • Include noisemakers for the kids.
  • Ask everyone to bring a scrapbook item celebrating happy events from their year.
  • Portable photo printers to use with guests' digital cameras area great way to create fun on the spot.
  • Play games while you're waiting for midnight. Charades or classic board games are always popular.
  • Go overboard with flowers, balloons, banners,and sparkles.
  • Party favors! Send guests home with a "good luck" gift bag filled with candies, charms, and flower seeds to plant in the New Year.

    Pop the Bubbly and Pass the Apps!

    • Toasting the New Year with Champagne or sparkling wine is a must. Provide sparkling cider and kid-friendly punch, too.
    • And what goes better with bubbly than festive finger foods? Serve up an array of hot and cold appetizers, dips, and desserts in bite-size servings to keep things easy.

    Start the Year Lucky

    • Many cultures believe certain foods are lucky on New Year's Day. Hoppin' John, or black-eyed peas and rice, is traditional throughout the southern U.S.
    • In Europe, a silver coin, a ring and other charms are baked into cakes for good fortune. The person who finds the coin will find wealth, the one who gets the ring will be married.
    • Include these good-luck foods on your buffet table--and don't forget the fortune cookies!

    Nov. 29, 2009 11:03 am
    A cute decorating idea I saw on was a bunch of different clocks..different sizes and such... They placed them on the mantle of the fireplace...
    Feb. 28, 2011 1:59 pm
    Thank you for this article! I was hoping to get john boos kitchen islands for my news years party last month but, sadly I missed my opportunity, hopefully next year!
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