Host a New Year's Eve Party Using Upcycled Christmas Decor

Designing sisters, Jeanine Hays and Angela Belt, share their tips for throwing a bright and colorful New Year's Eve party by upcycling Christmas decor.
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Photo By: Jeanine Hays

Photo By: Jeanine Hays

Upcycle for NYE

After every Christmas, we all have to clear out the holiday decor as we get ready for a new year. This year, don't let all the baubles and lights go to waste. Instead, upcycle your favorite Christmas decorations and throw one more party during New Year's Eve.

Decorate With Christmas Trimmings

You already have everything you need to throw a great party. Wrapping paper, tissue paper and gift tags can all be recycled to bring a chic, stylish accent to your New Year's Eve event.

A Classic Color Palette

To stretch your Christmas trimmings beyond December 25th, choose gift wrap and accessories in a timeless color palette. For this New Year's Eve party, silvers, golds, blacks and whites bring modern neutrals and metallics together with the traditional colors of the season.

Don't Forget the Balloons

While upcycling your Christmas items is a great place to start, keep the party atmosphere going by adding the classic standards of a New Year's Eve party. Bring in fun pieces like party hats and balloons for the perfect party feel.

Wrapping Paper Tablecloth

After the Christmas presents have been wrapped, be sure to hold on to any extra wrapping paper. With the right paper and a little ingenuity, you have all the ingredients for a unique and attractive tablescape. For this New Year's gathering, glittering gold wrapping paper covers the table in lieu of a tablecloth.

Small Dessert, Big Flavor

Once you've set the table, it's time to adorn it with sweets and colorful decor. Small tarts and pies complete the beautiful tabletop display.

Pink Rose Centepiece

At any party, the right pop of color makes all the difference. Set the table with a gorgeous bouquet of brightly-hued pink roses to set against the black, white and metallic color scheme.

Gift Tag Place Cards

Let your holiday gift tags serve double duty this season, and use them as place cards for your New Year's Eve table. Tie the cards with metallic ribbon, and write each guest's name for a great alternative to traditional place cards.

Ornament Place Setting

What are the holidays without lights and baubles? Keep your vintage Christmas ornaments around this year as place settings for your table decor. Here, each salad plate was topped with a silver ornament, and white string lights make an unexpected runner for the table.

A Bar Area That Dazzles

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.

Serving Tray Embellishment

To keep the glitter party theme going, look no further than the tissue paper you wrapped your Christmas gifts in. Use tissue paper embossed with gold flecks, and cut into smaller rectangular pieces to line serving trays.

Miniature Champagne Bottles

To incorporate the traditional black-and-white and metallic color palette in unexpected ways, tie black-and-white paper straws to miniature champagne bottles with metallic gift wrapping twine.

Turn Up the Music

Music is the final touch for the bar area. For a vintage feel, break out the record player and play your favorite classics.

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.

Gift Bow Centerpiece

Giant, oversized gift bows are one of the most versatile pieces that you can upcycle. Not only do they keep the holiday feeling alive while you ring in the New Year, but they can also work in many different places. Pair them with other recycled Christmas decor to create festive centerpieces, or use them as props for your photo booth. Tie big bows to headbands to create a festive holiday fashion accessory.

Tissue Paper Confetti

Use Christmas tissue paper to create confetti for a budget-friendly way to ring in the New Year. 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.

Ring in the New Year

Once the setting is complete, you're ready to have your best New Year's Eve party. Encourage guests to get playful in the photo booth for the perfect picture. Pop the champagne, grab some balloons and blow the confetti at midnight.