8 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

With only a few days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, you may be feeling the pressure of creating an epic NYE party for your friends and family. If you fear you may have dropped the ball (pun intended), there’s still time to plan with some last-minute ideas to make this the best night of the year!

These simple ideas are easy to execute and many are quick DIY jobs with big impact to bring in the new year. Just remember the most important aspects of any party; good company, great music, and lots of bubbles!

New Year’s Eve Photo Party Balloons

We love this idea from Oh Happy Day! which acts as an interactive decoration that your guests will love to join in with. Using instant cameras, print out pictures as the night unfolds and attach them to ribbons at the end of balloons. Allow the guests to write their wishes for the year on the back of the photos. At the end of the night, you’ll have the perfect keepsake from your party.

New Year’s Eve Confetti Favours

This simple idea takes plastic test tubes filled with metallic confetti and a free printable and turns it into the perfect party favour. Instruct your guests to throw the confetti when the clock strikes 12 for an easy and fun way to bring in the new year. Find out how over on A Pumpkin and a Princess.

New Year’s Eve Party Game

While everyone is waiting for Big Ben to ring in the new year, why not fill in the time with some fun party games that will get the conversation flowing? This one comes as a free printable, so all you need to do is print everything out on card stock and, hey presto! You’ve got an instant way of entertaining your guests and looking back on the past 12 months.

New Year’s Eve Party Food

If you are tired of having way too many sausage rolls and stale crisps left over after any party, why not take the stress out of preparation and cooking and create a fondue bar instead? Simply melt chocolate and then cut up fruit, store-bought cake, and marshmallows for a simple and fun way to feed your guests.

New Year’s Eve Party Balloons

One of the best ways to create a party atmosphere is to concentrate your decor in one area – normally around the drinks or food. We love these large festive letters which will draw your guests attention and provide that party atmosphere at the same time. There’s no DIY involved here as you can buy the kit over at Urban Outfitters.

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

Every party is an excuse for some social sharing and so why not give your guests something fun to share with photo props? Again, this will require no DIY on your part – you can purchase both the oversized photo frame as well as the props over at Party Delights.

New Year’s Eve Sparkling Champagne Jelly Shots

While we may remember the sickly sweet and brightly coloured gelatin shots we may have had in our younger days, this version is definitely all grown up. We love the inclusion of edible glitter to make them perfect for parties. Find out how to make them over at Feast + West.

New Year’s Eve Balloon Ceiling

And finally, New Year’s Eve just wouldn’t be the same without a whole bunch of balloons. For the most festive party atmosphere, fill gold, black, and white balloons and layer them from your ceiling for something that’s easy to do last-minute as well as creating amazing impact.

How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve? We’d love to hear from you! Be sure to tweet us on @TileMountain1 or tag us on Instagram!


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A Social Media and Content Marketing Editor, Kimberly Duran is an Interior Design-obsessed American ex-pat, who chronicles her decorating journey in her personal blog, Swoon Worthy. When she’s not helplessly drooling over blogs, design sites and adding things to the imaginary ‘shopping basket’ in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects with her partner in crime, Wayne, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats, and continuing her love affair with gold spray paint.