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After such a busy holiday season, we decided to have a "quiet" New Year's Eve at home. To celebrate the start of 2013, our family of five would enjoy some light snacks while playing board games and watching movies. Of course we needed just a few party supplies to ring in the new year but I just hate the generic stuff that you find at the stores. So I decided to add my own embellishments on some old favorites in our DIY New Year's eve party.

For my own spin on noise makers, I bought some cheap horns, cut off the ends, and used washi tape to attach tissue paper streamers. I filled some small, square tins with a few small candies, taped popsicle sticks to the backs of the tins, and covered in gift wrap.

This cute printable was found on Tip Junkie. I hung some disco ball-like filler on ribbon from the ceiling and topped drink stirrers with mini styrofoam balls for champagne glass decor. (The kids enjoyed sparkling cider from plastic glasses.)

I am not the only girl in my household that loves glitter. My daughter had to have a tiara, of course. I bought some paper hats at the Dollar Store and modgepodged (is that a word?) on some pink glitter. It was a mess! I added some silver tinsel bows to the tops with hot glue. I fear I may be finding glitter all over my house for the next few months but the hats did turn out pretty!

I also hung confetti poppers to pull after our countdown. These were easy to make. I cut up tissue paper into small squares, stuffed it into empty toilet paper rolls, wrapped with colored tissue paper and stamped the outside with gold ink. A note to the neat freaks like myself, you may find yourself getting out the vacuum just minutes after midnight like I did to clean up all the mess, but all, I wouldn't have traded our evening in for the hottest nightclub party in town!

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Party Highlights

  • Best Moment

    Counting down together to midnight

  • Funniest Moment

    Watching the kids showered with paper confetti

  • Desserts

    Cream puffs

  • Party Favors

    Horns, shakers and party hats

  • Activities / Games

    Board games and movies

  • Budget

    $25, not including food and drink

  • What People Ate

    Snack foods

  • What People Drank

    Champagne and sparkling cider

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