New Year's Eve Champagne Bar Party Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

New Year's Eve Champagne Bar Party Ideas |

I love celebrating New Year's Eve, especially with friends!

So when Party City asked me to style a New Year's Eve table, I jumped at the chance.

I wanted to fill my party with glitz, glam, and a fun bubbly bar! But I wanted to make sure the New Year's Eve champagne bar party ideas would be simple to implement and low stress.

So here's how I did it...


I hung alternating silver and gold doorway curtains on my wall using thin nails.

Then I blew up giant 2017 mylar balloons with helium, tied ribbons to the bottoms, and taped them to the floor.

But you don't need helium to do this. Just blow them up, tie a ribbon to the tops, and hang them from the ceiling.


New Year's Eve Champagne Bar Party Ideas |

For the bubbly bar, I used this champagne bar decorating kit. It had everything I needed. It came with the "bubbly bar" garland, all the signs, and lots of the table decor.

I also added these gold & silver star decorations. Instead of hanging them. I laid them out on my table to add a touch of sparkle. I also used flameless gold and silver votives on my table to add some flickers of light.

I wanted one area of my bubbly bar to be for the champagne and fixings, and the other area for the desserts.

For the champagne, I put out both brut rose and prosecco. I recommend different types of champagne to give your guests a choice (plus I think the colors of the brut and prosecco look gorgeous together).

New Year's Eve Champagne Bar |

Next, I put out three bottles of juice (grape, orange, and strawberry punch), plus blueberries, sugar cubes (to go with the hard alcohol), raspberries, strawberries, and mint.

New Year's Eve Champagne Bar |

I used mini white plastic oval bowls to display my fixings!

New Year's Eve Champagne Bar |

I recommend setting up an area for hard liquor. This is for those guests who want to add something a little more "exciting" to their champagne. I put these on a side table decorated with fun gold accents.

New Year's Eve Champagne Bar |


For desserts, I bought two cakes that I decorated with signs from the bubbly bar set. Cute, right?

Here's the strawberry coconut cake.

I bought madeleine cookies and dipped the edges in black candy melts, then sprinkled them with candy pearls.

They were delicious and so easy to make.

I bought little shortcakes and filled them with whipped cream and berries.

I also I made sugar cookies, covered them with cookie icing, and topped them with silver and gold sprinkles.

On a few of the cookies I used my black food marker to write "2017." I loved how they turned out.

And so did my daughter, Lainey!


No New Year's Eve party is complete without a photo booth and props!

This black, gold & silver New Year's party kit had everything! It came with hats, crowns, and noise makers. I just laid them out on my gold side table to let guests pick.

To create a glam photo booth, I just hung up some gold metallic floral sheeting. Then I put on a hat and started taking selfies.

The fun of a champagne bar is letting your guests make their own cocktails just the way they like! I find that it adds a touch of whimsy to your party.

And if your guests are wearing hats while they're doing it... all the better!

We're having friends over for New Year's Eve, so all these decorations are staying up in my house until the 31st.

I'm loving all the gold and silver in my dining room. I feel like I'm living with Elvis and Liberace. What an flamboyant way to ring in the New Year!

Party supplies I used:

If you throw a New Year's Eve party please add it to Catch My Party so I can show it off. Also, check out all that Party City has to offer. There’s no party like a Party City party!

This post is sponsored by Party City, but all opinions, ideas, glitz and glam are all mine!

4 Favorite Christmas Parties

by Jillian Leslie on

So many amazing Christmas parties have been added to Catch My Party during the last couple of weeks. Take a look at my 4 Favorite Christmas Parties of 2016.

My Favorite Christmas Parties |

 Bethany - Sweet Georgia Sweet's Winter Floral Wonderland Holiday Party

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful desserts
  • The magnificent rustic dessert table
  • The stunning floral backdrop
Winter Floral Wonderland Holiday Party |

twinkletwinklelittleparty 's Gingerbread House Decorating Party

My favorite details:

  • The amazing Christmas cake
  • The beautiful cupcakes with gingerbread house toppers
  • The adorable Christmas themed cakepops
Gingerbread House Decorating Party |

Sarah Sofia Productions 's Gingerbread House Decorating Party

My favorite details:

  • The pretty dessert table
  • The gorgeous table settings
  • The beautiful Christmas cake
Gingerbread House Decorating Party |

Fawn - Handcrafted Celebrations 's Christmas Pajama Party 

My favorite details:

  • The gorgeous Christmas cookies
  • The beautiful Christmas cake
  • The cute Bingo activity sheets
Christmas Pajama Party |

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We were at my in-laws in San Francisco and had a great time. Now I'm shifting my focus to New Year's. Wait until you see my styled NYE table coming tomorrow!

9 Must-See New Year's Eve Party Ideas

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If you're anything like me then you're probably already thinking about New Year Eve. If so, then you don't want to miss our fantastic 9 Must-See New Year's Eve Party Ideas. We've got ideas for decorations, dessert tables, free downloadable printables and much more...

Must-See New Year's Eve Party Ideas |


New Year's Eve Glittered Flutes DIY

Here's a simple glittered champagne flute DIY to add a little sparkle to your celebration! Just dip the stems in glue, then glitter, and add a some serious sparkle to your champagne!

New Year's Eve Glittered Flutes |

Happy New Year Letter Cookies

Get festive with these easy "New Year" letter cookies this year. You can put them out on a dessert table as a fun New Year's touch, eat them right away (probably what I would do), or hand them out as midnight favors.

Just package them in clear cellophane bags with pretty ribbon and download a cute gift tag from one of  our free New Year’s printable collections!

Happy New Year Letter Cookies |

2017 Number Balloons Banner (affil)

Add this awesome 2017 Number Balloon Kit to your New Years Eve Party! They make the perfect statement piece to hang on the wall or from the ceiling!!

2017 Number Balloons Banner |

2017 Photo Booth Props New Years Props 2017 (affil)

These fun New Years Eve photo booth props are guaranteed to be a hit at your party, and I'm sure will bring a lot of laughs and great photos!!

Photo Booth Props New Years 2017 |

Free New Year's Party Printables

We're giving away this bubbly countdown set of free New Year's Eve printables!! This printable collection includes: a welcome sign, a banner and mini banner, resolution cards, cupcake toppers, invitations, drink wrappers, and menu cards.

Free New Years Eve Party Printables |

POP FIZZ CLINK New Years Eve Balloons (affil)

You can't have a New Years Eve party without balloons, right? Check out these ones! Use them as an awesome photo prop and fun party decor! They're sure to look great at your party!

3 POP FIZZ CLINK New Years Eve Balloons |

Bubbly Bar Garland (affil)

Jazz up your New Years Eve celebration with this spectacular sparkly Bubbly Bar garland and create your own bubbly bar with different types of champagne and fixings!

Free Chalkboard New Year's Party Printables

Woo hoo! We're giving away another FULL SET of free chalkboard New Year's party printables!

Use these to decorate a party over the New Year. Just download and print.

And what I love about "chalkboard" is it goes with everything.

This free collection includes: a "Celebrate the New Year" welcome sign, party invitations, a "Happy New Year" banner, New Year's resolution cards, cupcake toppers, drink wrappers, straw flags, and menu cards.

Free Chalkboard New Years Eve Party Printables |

Glitz, Glam & Gorgeous Sweets Table

This Sweets Table is just so glamorous!! I love the idea of putting the word "CHEERS" in gold ornamental picture frames. What a way to add a sophisticated touch. Glitz, Glam & Gorgeous Sweets Table |

For more inspiration, check out these awesome New Years Eve party ideas from our site!












Best Handmade Minecraft Party Supplies!

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Minecraft parties are so popular on our website. If you are planning one, you must see these 10 best handmade Minecraft party supplies we've curated for you!

Best Handmade Minecraft Party Supplies |


Edible Minecraft Fondant Toppers

Give regular cupcakes that Minecraft 'touch' with these awesome individually hand cut fondant toppers. The packs come with a variety of designs.

Edible Minecraft Fondant Toppers |

Green Edible Sugar Jewels

These candy jewels are handmade and 100% edible cotton candy flavored. Perfect for decorating cakes or cupcakes.

Green Edible Sugar Jewels |

Edible Minecraft cake topper set (unofficial)

Check out these great personalized Minecraft cake toppers made purely of fondant, to give your birthday cake that extra special touch!

Edible Minecraft cake topper set |

 Minecraft Party Invitation

A fantastic printable Minecraft inspired birthday party invitation.

Minecraft Party Invitation |

Minecraft Sugar Cookies

You can't have a Minecraft birthday party and not have themed sugar cookies. These marshmallow fondant decorated ones are fantastic.

Minecraft Sugar Cookies |

Minecraft Inspired Latex Balloons

You can't have a birthday party without balloons, right? Check out these awesome Minecraft inspired latex balloons. Sure to look great at your party!

Minecraft Latex Balloons |

 Minecraft TNT Pinata

If you want to add fun to your party, then check out this fantastic TNT pinata. Sure to be a blast for your guests!!

 Minecraft TNT Pinata |

Handmade Minecraft Inspired Favor Bags

If you're looking for the perfect favor bag, then look no further. These handmade ones are awesome!!

Minecraft Favor Bags |

Minecraft Party Favor Sunglasses

These Minecraft inspired sunglasses make a great party favor for guests! Kids will love them!

Minecraft Party Favor Sunglasses |

Minecraft Sword Cookie Cutter

This Minecraft sword cookie cutter is a must if you plan on making your own cookies. Guaranteed to be a success!!

Minecraft Sword Cookie Cutter |

For more Minecraft party inspiration, check out these awesome Minecraft party ideas from our site!


Free Minecraft Party Printables

Free Minecraft Printables |

Free Minecraft Bingo Game

Free Printable Minecraft Bingo Game

Free GIRL Minecraft Printables featuring Alex

GIRL Alex Minecraft Free Printables |

For more party inspiration, check out all these amazing Minecraft parties on our site!



























Shimmer and Shine Party and More!

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Lots of amazing parties were added to Catch My Party this week, including a gorgeous Shimmer and Shine party!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week are a magical Shimmer and Shine party, a pretty unicorn party, a wonderful vintage garden bridal shower and a cute mermaid birthday party |

This weeks parties are fabulous! Our first one is a cute Shimmer and Shine Magical Party, then a pretty unicorn 1st birthday party, an incredible vintage garden bridal shower and finally a beautiful mermaid birthday party! You don't want to miss them...

Mi Fiesta Chic 's Shimmer and Shine Magical Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The adorable cake pops decorated with genie lamps
  • The magnificent birthday cake topped with a gorgeous Arabian palace
  • The stunning Arabian table settings
Magical Shimmer and Shine Birthday Party |'s Snow's Unicorn Soiree

My favorite details:

  • The amazing birthday cake with the fabulous unicorn and rose toppers
  • The delicious pink cupcakes and their amazing frosting
  • The beautiful dessert table and unicorn backdrop
Unicorn Soiree |'s Let Them Eat Cake Bridal Shower

My favorite details:

  • The incredible bridal shower cake
  • The gorgeous vintage inspired dessert table
  • The beautiful white cupcakes topped with a rose and candy floss
Vintage Garden Bridal Shower |

Bruna Avelar M's Lavinia's Mermaid Under the Sea Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The gorgeous mermaid birthday cake
  • The pretty under the sea inspired cupcakes
  • The beautiful dessert table
Mermaid Birthday Party |

Are your kids out of school for the holidays yet? My daughter finished on Friday, and it's feeling like vacation at our house. We just came home from Rogue One, which we enjoyed. Bedtimes have gone out the window. And we're heading to Las Vegas on Tuesday for a little food and fun!

I'm trying to do less this holiday season. Things don't look as pretty, but my stress level is lower. I think it's worth the tradeoff. What about you?





Christmas Confetti Cookies

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Christmas Confetti Cookies |

We're all about sprinkles at our house, so here's the easiest and most festive cookie to make this Christmas!

These Christmas confetti cookies are much more playful than traditional sugar cookies. and they literally melt in your mouth!

Christmas Confetti Cookies

  • Holiday sprinkles
  • White chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups unbleached flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened

Preheat oven at 350 ℉.

Combine sugar, butter and egg until creamy. Add vanilla and almond extract. In separate bowl combine flour, and baking powder. Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Mix to combine until cookie dough forms.

Sugar, Butter, and Egg Combines |

Add holiday sprinkles to dough and gently fold in.

Sprinkles added to Cookie Dough |

Here's what the dough looks like.

Sprinkles added to Cookie Dough | Grease a baking sheet. Roll each cookie into a 1” ball and place on cookie sheet about 1 ½” apart. You can use your hand or bottom of a glass to flatten each cookie before baking.

Cookie placed on a baking sheet | Bake cookie for 10 minutes at 350 ℉. Remove cookies from oven and cool on a cookie rack. While cookies are still warm, add additional sprinkles to the tops of cookies.

Christmas Confetti Cookies |

Serve with milk! Won’t Santa be excited for these Christmas confetti cookies this year?! They literally melt in your mouth!

Yummy Christmas Confetti Cookies |

This delicious recipe was created by our style contributor, Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Paleo Coconut Macaroons

Paleo Coconut Macaroons |

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes |



Garlic Sausage Pesto Appetizer Bites

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Garlic Sausage Pesto Appetizer Bites |

These garlic sausage pesto appetizer bites are the perfect dish to serve to your guests this holiday season! And I promise you won't be able to eat just one, and nor will your guests.

The star ingredient is the garlic Johnsonville Summer Sausage. The sausage is filled with the best cuts of meat and smoked over real hardwoods, and you can definitely taste it in it's smoky, rich, umami flavor. Plus I added a dab of pesto, some jack cheese, bell pepper, and scallions to each bite. And it's all held together in a little cup of phyllo dough.

I've heard so many horror stories about how hard phyllo dough is to work with. I actually found it easy and straightforward. Plus the phyllo dough added a buttery, flaky, base for all the other flavors to pop. Here's how I did it.

Garlic Sausage Pesto Appetizer Bites

Makes 18 bites


  • 1 Johnsonville Garlic Summer Sausage
  • 1 package Phyllo dough
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4  cup of chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped chives or italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup of pesto (you can substitute tomato sauce)
Ingredients for Garlic Sausage Pesto Appetizer Bites |


Preheat oven to 400F.

Start by preparing your phyllo dough. Spread out one sheet of phyllo dough on a large cutting board. With a pastry brush paint a layer of melted button on the sheet.

Place another sheet on top. Again, spread on a layer of melted butter. Repeat until you have 5 sheets stacked.


Using a sharp knife, cut phyllo dough into three inch squares.

Place each square into a mini muffin tin making sure to press the square down so to create a cup.

Next start adding your toppings. Spread a teaspoon of pesto sauce on the bottom of each cup, followed by cheese, peppers and garlic sausage.

Garlic Sausage Pesto Appetizer Bites Ingredients |


The cheese will cook down so be sure to fill the cups full. Bake at 400F degrees for 6 minutes, or until the tops of the phyllo dough start to turn a goldern brown.

Sprinkle with chopped scallions and serve them right out of the oven so the cheese is nice and melted.

Garlic Sausage Pesto Appetizer Bites |

Garlic Sausage Pesto Appetizer Bites |



Garlic Sausage Pesto Appetizer Bites |

Enjoy your holiday! And make your entertaining easy and delicious with these appetizer bites.

Johnsonville Summer Sausage |

Johnsonville asked me to share some of my favorite tips for entertaining during the holidays. Here are my best recommendations:

  • Host your party between meals so you can serve an assortment of appetizers, like the one above, and don't have to prepare a full meal.
  • Serve a signature cocktail, like a cranberry orange martini, plus some wine and beer, so you can simplify your cocktail offerings.
  • Give your guests something sweet to go home with, like a small bag of cookies or biscotti. It leaves a sweet taste in their mouths.
  • Relax and enjoy your party! I always set this as my intention right before the guests arrive. This helps me not get swept up in the details so that I can connect with my guests and have fun!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

Kahlua Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Kahlua Hot Cocoa Recipe |

Looking for a way to make your hot cocoa a little more "grown up" this winter? How about trying our Kahlua hot cocoa recipe with Kahlua, creme de cacao, plus all the good stuff like chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and marshmallows.

If you're a coffee and chocolate lover, this should definitely speak to you! Let me know what you think.

Kahlua Hot Cocoa Recipe

  • 6 oz hot chocolate mix
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mini chocolate chips
Kahlua Hot Cocoa Ingredients |


Prepare your favorite hot chocolate mix. We prefer to use milk in place of water.

While the hot chocolate is heating, drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of the hot chocolate mug.

Chocolate syrup drizzled in the mug |

In a measuring cup, combine hot chocolate, Kahlua and Creme De Cacao. Stir to combine.

Pour the hot chocolate into the mug. Top the hot cocoa with extra creamy whipped cream, mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips. Add a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top.

Kahlua Hot Cocoa Recipe |

This grown up hot cocoa reminds me of a mudslide martini! You could substitute chocolate vodka in place of the creme de cacao. This is a warm winter treat for all (age 21 and up) to enjoy!

Yummy Kahlua Hot Cocoa |

Tip: use clear plastic or glass mugs so that you can see the chocolate drizzle inside the mug.

Yummy Kahlua Hot Cocoa Recipe |

This delicious recipe was created by our style contributor, Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Cranberry Orange Martini

Cranberry Orange Martini |

Rum Spiced Cider

Rum Spiced Cider |


Bow or Bow Tie Gender Reveal Baby Shower

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Bow or Bow Tie Gender Reveal Baby Shower |

Planning a gender reveal baby shower and need ideas? Check out the dessert table I styled for a Bow or Bow Tie Gender Reveal Baby Shower for Oriental Trading! My post gives step-by-step instructions how I put the whole thing together, including all the themed candies I used, decorations, and DIYs.

I made pink and blue cupcakes with a candy surprise inside to reveal the baby's gender. I made two diaper cake centerpieces for my table that were a snap to put together. And I made a chalkboard welcome sign with clothespins for people to wear their boy/girl guess proudly at the party.

This was a fun table to put together. I list all the supplies I used so you can recreate it yourself in no time. Have fun!

If you throw a Bow or Bow Tie Gender Reveal, please add your party to Catch My Party! I'd love to see what you do!

Amazing Kids Holiday Parties and More!

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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week: 2 amazing kids holiday parties, a rainbow art party, and a woodland birthday party |

I'm showing off two amazing kids holiday parties that you both must-sees! One is a let it snow holiday kids party and the other is an 'adopt an elf' holiday party. I'm also showing off one of the most incredible rainbow art parties we've seen and a stunning woodland birthday party! Take a look below...


Twinkle Twinkle Little Party's Let It Snow Holiday Party

My favorite details:

  • The adorable snowman cake
  • The gorgeous snow themed cookies
  • The stunning snowman table settings
Let It Snow Holiday Party |

Twinkle Twinkle Little Party's 'Adopt an Elf' Holiday Party

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful outdoor dessert table
  • The "adopt an elf" party favors and kids activity
  • The kids' "Little Helper" tee shirts
Adopt an Elf Holiday Party |

Lisa K's Rainbow Paint 5th Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The incredible paint bucket cake
  • The glitter paint brush garland
  • The tables set up for painting
Rainbow Paint 5th Birthday Party |

Mimos Poá's Enchanted Forest Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The woodland cake with the toadstools on top
  • The cupcakes topped with fondant animals
  • The entire woodland dessert table with forest backdrop
Enchanted Forest Birthday Party |

I can't believe Christmas is coming so fast! I'm not ready, especially since I'm home sick with my first big cold of the season. I think it's my body's way of telling me it's time to slow down, be more present, and take real care of myself. Currently, I have no choice but to listen. :)

Here are our most popular Christmas posts according to Pinterest. It's always fun to see what resonates.

Polka Dot Glittered Ornaments

Polka Dot Glittered Ornaments |

Christmas Jello

Christmas Jello |

For more Christmas inspiration, check out these Christmas parties from our site and all our free Christmas printables!