15 Bubbly Ideas for Your NYE Party
Say hello to balloons and bubbles and goodbye to last year's troubles.
I hope you’ve had time for a quick breather from the holiday hoopla, because it’s time to start prepping for your NYE bash. Usually, I’m all about brilliant baubles and glamorous glitter, but this year I’m feeling something a bit more buoyant. I’d like to welcome the New Year with fresh optimism and enthusiasm. How do I plan on making a party feel optimistic and enthusiastic, you ask? All things balloons and bubbles. Read on for all the bubbly details.
DIY Gilded Balloons
Can’t totally say goodbye to gold? That’s perfectly fine — just gild your balloons. Liquid gold leaf will add the perfect shine to your floating party decor.
Hanging Balloon Garlands
If you’re going for something soft and whimsical, add greenery to your balloon strings. Just a few floating florals will make a major visual impact.
Solid-colored floating balloons will definitely do the trick if you’re trying to keep it simple. Go with white, black or metallic balloons to ensure a grown-up look.
Create a bubble-inspired focal wall above your food or drink station by taping balloons to the wall. Stick with one color to achieve a cohesive design.
Balloon Photo Booth
No party’s complete without a photo booth. Make your own — with balloons, of course. Guests will remember your balloon-tacular party for years to come.
Confetti Balloon Disco Ball
Craft a confetti-filled disco ball balloon to pop at midnight. That’s how you end a party with a bang.
Three ingredients are all you need to make these party-perfect appetizers. Simply cover balls of cream cheese in salmon and sprinkle with chives to create irresistible and savory hand-held treats. Get the recipe.
For the food, think bite-sized appetizers and snacks, so guests can mingle and munch. And it wouldn’t hurt if your food resembled balloons and bubbles, either. Start with these tasty, protein-packed salmon pops, which just so happen to look like pretty pink balloons.
Make This: Salmon Lollipops Recipe
Rosemary Skewered Meatballs
Meatball shot, anyone? These adorable meatball apps are sure to keep guests satisfied. To make them, cook frozen meatballs in two tablespoons of fresh rosemary. For the dipping sauce, combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, three cloves grated garlic, salt and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Make skewers with a fresh rosemary stem and three meatballs.
Parmesan Spinach Balls
Parmesan Spinach Balls
To create these yummy spinach balls, combine bread crumbs, parmesan, eggs and butter. Mix and roll together, then bake in an oven and serve with a gourmet mustard.
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Give your health-conscious friends something to snack on — spinach baubles. These delicious Parmesan spinach balls are spinach dip’s crunchy counterpart.
Make This: Parmesan Spinach Balls Recipe
Mini Cheese Balls
Arrange these super-cute mini cheese balls to look like — you guessed it — a bunch of balloons. Don’t count on leftovers; I guarantee these will be a hit.
Make This: Mini Cheese Balls Recipe
Pink Champagne Truffles
Don’t forget dessert! Serve these pretty pink truffles in a champagne flute for a bubble-inspired display.
Make This: Pink Champagne Truffles Recipe
Champagne Jelly Shots
Serve your pink champagne truffles with pink-rimmed champagne jelly shots for a fun, festive pairing.
Do you prefer to drink champagne in its most basic form? If so, simply offer your guests mini bottles of champagne. Attach a decorative straw for a festive touch.
If you’re going the simple route with single-serve champagne bottles, pair them with these ridiculously adorable cookies.
Count Down + Pop Bubbly With Us
Last but not least, count down the last 30 seconds of the year with your friends at HGTV. And of course, pop that bubbly!
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.
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.