The new year is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to whip up some New Year’s Eve plans! Lifestyle expert Rebekah George stopped by Studio 1A to share some last-minute DIY party tips to help you ring in 2015 with a bash.
Create a “champs” bar
This holiday is all about Champagne, so let the bubbly take center stage at your party by creating a Champagne bar. Use a portable bar cart or buffet table, decorate it with gold décor and add Champagne alongside different juice selections like orange juice or POM Wonderful juice. Add a plate of strawberries and Champagne gummies as toppings. Let people fill up their drinks with whatever mixtures they want and toast the new year.
For kids, invite them to fill Champagne classes with milk and top with some tasty cookies.
Pass the time while you wait for the clock to strike midnight with some fun games to honor 2014 and usher in 2015. Rebekah suggests these three DIY games that you can easily create at a low cost.
Resolution cards: Invite guests to fill out resolution cards and post them on a bulletin board for others to see.
NYE Bingo: Create Bingo cards using holiday terms and have guests play during the party.
Guess Whose Year: Have guests fill out cards with answers to things that happened in 2014. Then guess who each card belongs to.
Welcome the new year the next morning — in other words, at 12:01 a.m. — by serving bite-sized breakfast foods. Think mini French toast, egg and cheese roll ups, fruit skewers and other tasty treats.
Have some fun with these unique traditions throughout the night. You might just bring some good luck for the new year.
Tradition 1: Some say eating black-eyed peas brings good luck, so invite your guests to chow down!
Tradition 2: Rebekah found one tradition touting that eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight leads to a year of prosperity. Slide 12 grapes on a skewer for each of your guests and invite them to devour it as the clock strikes 12.
Tradition 3: Lentils are said to be symbolic of money, given their coin-like appearance, and eating them when cooked is believed to lead to financial rewards. So do your guests a favor and add lentil soup to the buffet table.
Create a photo booth using streamers, balloons and photo props. Invite guests to snap pictures and share them on social media with a custom hashtag. Toward the end of the night, download an app like Lyve that will gather all of the hash-tagged photos into one file, then pull it up on a TV screen or iPad for guests to enjoy.