New Year’s decorations to spruce up your home

Either way you do it, New Year's decorations are an easy way to get your house ready for a party.

If you’re hosting friends and family at home to ring in the New Year, sprucing up your house with fun and festive decorations adds flair to your party and gets your guests in the mood for celebrating. You can go all out or just set out a few tasteful decorations. Either way you do it, New Year’s decorations are an easy way to get your house ready for a party.

Wall and hanging decorations

Suspended decorations don””t take up table or counter space, making them perfect for a small space.

Suspended decorations don’t take up table or counter space, making them perfect for a small space. At the same time, they spice things up and give your guests something festive to look at and talk about. Cut circles from gold and silver paper and use a needle and thread to string the circles on thick string. Make a loop at each end and string them up as garlands, or let them hang down along the walls or from the ceiling. Use colored paper and cut out letters to spell “Happy New Year”, or the numerals of the New Year and string them in the same way. Just make sure they aren’t so long that your guests get them tangled in their hair or stuck to their hats!

Table decorations

Place tablecloths on your tables and scatter them with confetti.

If you can’t resist covering all available surfaces with festive New Year’s decorations , there are a lot of ideas to get you in the spirit. Pile noisemakers in a glass bowl and use it as a centerpiece, or put several bowls mixed into the dishes on your buffet table. This is especially fun if you’re having kids at your party, because it’ll create excitement and anticipation for midnight. Place tablecloths on your tables and scatter them with confetti, either store bought, or homemade with a hole puncher and colored paper. Or, cut short strips of curling ribbon and slide a pair of scissors along each to create twisted pieces and spread them on the food table, the drink bar, and the dining table.

Party favor decorations

Decorate brown paper bags with the number of the New Year.

If you plan to send your guests home with party favors, use them as decorations. This saves you space, and makes clean-up easier since your friends and family members will each leave with one. Decorate brown paper bags with the number of the New Year, and stuff them with noisemakers, confetti, cookies and candy. For kids, use paper crowns decorated with New Year’s themed decor and lay them around the rooms where your party will take place. Encourage them to grab a crown and wear it during the countdown, and then let them take one home. Bottles of wine, or bouquets of flowers are good ideas for a smaller party where you’ll only have a few guests to give a favor to. Tie festive ribbon around either to help them fit in with your New Year’s decorations.