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

Girl Painting Bottom of White Balloon Gold

Gold-Dipped Balloons

Liquid gold leaf can make just about anything look glamorous — including ordinary balloons. Let these gilded beauties float around your reception to add some sparkle to the atmosphere. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of this DIY.

Photo by: Mary Costa Photography, Project By: Studio DIY for Balloon Time

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

Balloon String Covered in Greenery and Small Pink Flowers

Floral Balloon Tails

Lend a little whimsy to your big day with floating florals. Greenery and baby’s breath attach to balloon strings to make these hanging garlands. For a sparkly touch, buy confetti-filled balloons.

Photo by: Little Miss Party, Project By: Little Miss Party for Balloon Time

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.

Simple Solids


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.

Focal Wall

Dessert table with balloon decorations

Dessert Buffet

Create visual interest above the self-serve dessert buffet by sticking rows of metallic balloons and colorful buntings above the table. Tip: Keep the rows of balloons a few inches above the tallest item on the table.

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

DIY Balloon Photo Booth
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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

DIY Confetti Disco Ball
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Craft a confetti-filled disco ball balloon to pop at midnight. That’s how you end a party with a bang.

Salmon Lollipops

Salmon ball appetizers

Salmon Lollipops

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.

Rosemary Skewered Meatballs

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Sam Henderson

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

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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Flynnside Out Productions

Give your health-conscious friends something to snack on — spinach baubles. These delicious Parmesan spinach balls are spinach dip’s crunchy counterpart.

Mini Cheese Balls

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

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.

Pink Champagne Truffles

Pink Champagne Truffles

Pink Champagne Truffles

Make your wedding toast even sweeter with pink champagne truffles. Display them in foil candy wrappers for extra eye appeal.

Don’t forget dessert! Serve these pretty pink truffles in a champagne flute for a bubble-inspired display.

Champagne Jelly Shots

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Serve your pink champagne truffles with pink-rimmed champagne jelly shots for a fun, festive pairing.

Mini Bubbles


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.

Bubbly Cookies

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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

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Last but not least, count down the last 30 seconds of the year with your friends at HGTV. And of course, pop that bubbly!

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