Photo of a cheerful group of friends, at an outdoor New Year's celebration, lightning sparklers at midnight

Plan the Perfect New Year’s Eve Night In

Going out on New Year’s Eve and battling large crowds, traffic, loud music, and overpriced food and drinks is not for everyone. Spending time with those closest to you is what this time of year is all about, after all. We’ve created a guide to help you plan the perfect DIY New Year’s Eve night in. Get ready to ring in the new year in style without the added stress!

DecorationsFriends celebrating the New Year.

No NYE party is complete without confetti, gold glitter and an Instagram-worthy photo backdrop wall. The dollar store is a great place to find inexpensive decorations, plastic champagne flutes, and tableware. You can easily transform it all too! With just a little paint and creativity, your average, everyday party supplies will dazzle and shine.

Here are a few ways to add elegance to those inexpensive decorations: twist streamers to create a new texture, dip balloons in metallic silver or gold paint, and add some glitter to your plastic champagne flute stems.

Your photo backdrop wall should be simple but still make a statement. Think bold color combos like black and gold or silver and champagne pink. Add some number balloons to commemorate the new year and other cute props for your guests to use in their photos.

Festive Drink Ideas

Make sure you serve delicious drinks so your guests can make a toast. Try these:

  1. Strawberry-Ginger Lemonade: Add a lemon slice to make this drink gorgeous and refreshing.
  2. Cranberry, Tangerine, and Pomegranate Punch: Your guests will love this tasty, tart drink.
  3. Mock Champagne: Serve this drink in your glittery champagne glasses.
  4. Party Time Hot Cocoa: This is a great recipe for both adults and children!

Finger Foods

Finger foods and Hors d’oeuvres are perfect for your New Year’s Eve soiree. They’re easy to make and fun to eat. If you aren’t too keen on cooking, there’s no shame in setting out a veggie tray, a cheese and cracker tray, or some chips and dip. Or if you want to splurge on the food after saving money on DIY decorations, consider a chicken nugget or taco platter. If you’re aiming for a full DIY party, break out your slow cooker to prepare some warm and tasty treats. Meatballs, pig-in-a-blankets, and anything wrapped in bacon are all crowd pleasers.


Everyone loves a little friendly competition. Board games are a great way to connect with your family and loved ones. Some classic games include the family-feud-inducing Monopoly, fast-paced Yahtzee, and Apples to Apples. Some video games can also lend themselves to family game night. The Nintendo Switch features games like Mario Kart and Mario Party, which are games that everyone will love. Check out our blog to see more board games to play this holiday season.


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