Okay so most of us are guilty of doing everything last minute for the holidays simply because there aren’t enough hours in the day! From running around at work to getting everyone’s presents, we sometimes forget the other details that make a holiday party special. After strenuous planning for Christmas and Hanukkah, some of us are pooped come New Year’s Eve! No need to stress though, we’ve got a few easy tips that even the least creative of us can do!
For the Home
Who doesn’t love candles? They smell wonderful and cast a beautiful glow in any living space. These simple (and cheap!) DIY candles are sure to sparkle at your NYE party!
DIY Metallic/Glitter Candles
What you will need:
- Dollar store candles (any color, size, shape you prefer)
- Candle holders
- Spray Adhesive
- Glitter (any color you prefer)
- Metallic Spray Paint (any color you prefer)
- Painters tape
- If you simply want metallic candles, spray two coats of the spray paint, or enough until the original candle color isn’t showing and let dry overnight. I recommend doing this two days in advance.
- If you only want sections of colors, use the use painters tape to mark off the areas you’d like to have the candle base color show. You can get creative and create designs with the painters tape! Spray paint exposed areas and Voila!
- For glitter candles, pretty much the same concept applies.
- For full on glitter candles, spray the entire candle with spray adhesive and roll in glitter. Spray another coat and roll in glitter once more and let dry overnight. Again, I recommend doing this at least two days in advance.
- You can use the painters tape to section off areas of glitter.
- If you really want to get creative, combine both the metallic paint and glitter!
Do sequins, but do it right! You don’t want to end up looking like the NYE ball in Times Square or a disco ball at that! From sequined dress, sweaters, skirts, shorts and pants, the possibilities are endless.
Too scared to full on sequins? Sequined flats or pumps add sparkle to your outfit without drawing a lot of attention.</p>
Sequins aren’t your thing at all? Dress up your LBD with a statement necklace or bracelet and a bright pair of pumps!
Champagne is a must for NYE without a doubt! Remember our Sparkling Cranberry
recipe from Thanksgiving? Whip up a batch of these sugary berries and lay them in your champagne flutes and pour a little bubbly over! This recipe can be done with a variety of berries if cranberries don’t suit your fancy. Little kids and Mommies-to-be coming to the party? Substitute champagne for sparkling apple cider or ginger ale for the same bubbly effect!
Baked brie…looks complicated and time consuming, but is soooo easy!
- 1 large sheet of puff pastry dough
- Cranberry chutney
- Round of brie (do not remove rind)
- 1 cup of Candied walnuts
- 1/4 of a cup Brown Sugar
- Assortment of crackers and breads
- Apple Slices
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- On a non stick cookie sheet, lay out the puff pastry
- Put the brie round on the puff pastry. Make sure it is centered.
- Spread cranberry chutney on the top, fold dough over top, creating a little pouch. Cut off excess dough.
- Top with brown sugar and candied walnuts
- Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes, pastry should be golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with crackers, bread and apple slices.
This one is super easy and I guarantee takes little to no time. Confetti bags! Yes, as childish as this may sound, it’s a cute way for your guests to let loose at midnight.
What you will need:
- Confetti, especially “2013” confetti
- Clear plastic cellophane bags, preferably the smaller ones
- Colorful ribbon
Simple fill the baggies with confetti, tie with ribbon to create a little pouch, and hand them out to your guests right before the countdown and let them go crazy at midnight! Of course noise makers are a must too!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE TOTSY FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!