How We Spend New Year's Eve at Home

Happy New Year!  We spent the day cleaning up and decorating our house to get ready to host our family New Year's Eve party.
We've been celebrating New Year's Eve at our house since my kids were little.  We keep it pretty simple and low key. We have lots of sparkling apple cider and some easy pre-made appetizers that I just have to heat up and put on some plates before everyone gets here.

This year, I used the same picture frame that I used for my falling leaves artwork, and just taped some wrapping paper onto it and then stenciled "cheers!" onto it with a gold Sharpie paint pen.
It was very easy to make and cheap since I was able to use stuff I already had on hand.
I also got a little carried away with the gold glitter and sprayed some adhesive onto the sparkling apple cider bottles and sprinkled it on.  We've been mesmerized by their sparkliness all day.
To keep track of everyone's' cups, I bought some mini clothespins that were already glittered and some chalkboard labels to put onto the plastic cups.
I really regret not getting any fresh flowers when I was at Trader Joe's because they would have been the perfect addition to our New Year's display.  Oh well, too late to go to back so this will just have to do.
I bought some little lemon cakes from Costco (at Jacob's request) then, I piped some store-bought vanilla frosting onto the top to make them look a little more special.  I also put out some leftover Christmas cookies.

We always have a hot chocolate bar on New Year's Eve and we're really going to appreciate it tonight because yesterday, we were hit with a freezing cold front, and it is so cold!
We keep it simple with some mini-marshmallows, chocolate chips, mint candies, chocolate-covered mint marshmallows, and whipped cream, of course.

My white carafe was a Goodwill find from a few years ago.

We keep it comfy and casual with PJ's and sweats being the favorite attire.
There are lots soft pillows and snuggly blankets to keep us warm and cozy.
And, one soft snuggly pup who also keeps us warm and cozy.
We eat appetizers, guzzle sparkling apple cider, play board games, and maybe a little Just Dance on the Wii, if we're up for it.  Then, when it gets close to midnight, we turn on the TV and count down to the New Year and watch the ball drop in Times Square.  I also made this chalkboard banner. I'll be sharing that with you soon in a future post.
Having a family New Year's Eve party has really become such a fun tradition and we can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with the people we love the most!

Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year!

1 comment

  1. So much fun! I love all of the gold touches! But my favorite thing is your turquoise snowflake pillow, because... I have the SAME one!! Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is a great year for you and your family!


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