8 Ways to Upcycle Christmas Decorations for Your New Year's Eve Party

Don't store your Christmas decorations just yet. Use it for your New Year's Eve party instead.

Well, holiday season is almost over, but there is still one to celebrate — the new year! Celebrating the new year means a new perspective, resolutions and a fresh start from whatever 2015 has sprung on you. Before you embark on this new beginning, celebrate this year's ups and downs with friends in style. Instead of spending money or bringing out a whole new box of decor, upcycle your Christmas decorations. Many Christmas decorations have a metallic color palette that works perfectly for a NYE party. Keep reading for tips on how to throw a classy NYE shindig using these repurposed items.

Wrapping Paper Tablecloth



With the right wrapping paper and some tape, you have all the ingredients for a stunning tablescape. For this New Year's gathering, glittering gold wrapping paper covers the table in lieu of a tablecloth.

Gift Tag Place Cards



Let your holiday gift tags serve double duty, and use them as place cards. To get the look, tie tags with metallic ribbon, and write each guest's name as a great alternative to traditional place cards.

Sparkly Table Accents



Display your vintage Christmas ornaments as place setting embellishments. Here, each salad plate was topped with a silver ornament, while white string lights make an unexpected table runner.

Gift Bow Centerpiece



Giant, oversized gift bows are one of the most versatile pieces. They serve as stand-out decor in many different places. Pair them with other recycled Christmas decor to create festive centerpieces, use them as props for your photo booth or tie them to headbands to create festive holiday fashion accessories.

Jazzed Up Bar Area



Make your bar area center of attention. Recycle sparkling gift boxes and colorful baubles to spruce up your bar display. Mix in metallics for an extra touch.

Wrapping Paper Photo Backdrop



Create your own colorful backdrop for a photo booth using big sheets of Christmas wrapping paper. To create this look, place four sheets together and apply to the wall with double stick tape.

Serving Tray Embellishment

Miniature Champagne Bottles

Miniature Champagne Bottles

Photo by: Jeanine Hays

Jeanine Hays

Don't have a festive serving tray? No problem. Use tissue paper you used to wrap Christmas gifts with, and cut into smaller rectangular pieces to line serving trays.

Tissue Paper Confetti



Use tissue paper for confetti, too! To make, place a variety of colorful sheets together, and cut them into small squares. Pass out handfuls to guests for them to toss at the stroke of midnight.

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Printable Invitations

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Classic Yet Modern

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