Should you shell out hard-earned cash for a fancy dinner? Fight the crowds at the local watering hole only to max out your credit card on overpriced drinks? Rather than rack your brain for an exciting end-of-year activity, we suggest hunkering down in the comfort of your home for an old-fashioned house party. But that’s not to say you need to forgo the festivities. Here, we’ll show you how to usher in the New Year with all the requisite glitz, sans the stress of going out.
Ring In The New Year The Right Way
The Cutest Countdown Clock
Color-happy balloons are a sure way to spruce up your space for a good time. Take this tried-and-true decorating aid to new heights with this clever clock project from Studio DIY.
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The Toast With The Most
Impress your guests by filling their glasses with a festive Champagne cocktail they'll never forget. This fun take on a French 75 from Cookie +Kate blends the requisite bubbles with Earl Grey-infused Gin. Bottoms up!
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The Sweetest Thing
Complement the Champagne with a home-made treat that only looks like it took all day to prepare. Head over to Oh, Ladycakes and whip up any one (or all!) of 6 delicious truffle variations.
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The Party Poppers
Poppers are synonymous with New Years Eve soirees. This printable iteration from Oh Happy Day can be filled with popcorn, candy or anything else you can think of.
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The Not-Too-Fancy Finger Food
What's better than watching the ball drop while munching on delectable butternut squash croquettes? Nothing, that's what! This recipe from Love & Lemons is sure to be a huge hit with hungry guests.
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The Spiked Hot Coco
This rich, chocolate-y concoction is spiked with a generous splash of Cointreau which lends it a sweet hint of orange flavor. Oh, and did we mention this recipe from Call Me Cupcake is topped with whipped cream and garnished with, you guessed it, more chocolate?
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