A Homemade New Year’s Eve

When I entertain, I like to use homemade touches to create a unique party atmosphere. Plus, making holiday accessories at home can be much cheaper than buying them at the store!

Here are a couple of fun, homemade ideas to incorporate into a New Year’s Eve soirée. The best part? These festive accents feature items you probably already have at home!

Popcorn Necklaces
Make a popcorn necklace for each guest to wear and munch on while waiting for midnight. You can attach paper cutouts that read “2012” on them or make a paper charm for the middle.  This is a great way to use up scraps of leftover wrapping paper (especially shiny varieties), or holiday advertisements.

Supplies:
–popped popcorn, any flavor or color
–needle and thread (I like to use colored thread)
–card stock or other paper
–scissors
–hole punch

Method:
Begin by making paper charms. Cut shapes out of paper (numbers, circles, etc.) and decorate the shapes with sayings like “Happy New Year!” or “2012.”

Tie a knot in one end of the thread, leaving an ample tail to tie together at the end. String popped popcorn onto the necklace, using the needle and thread. String on paper charms as desired. When the necklace is finished, knot the thread and tie the tails together to make a circular necklace shape.

Fast and Easy Fortunes
Tie colored ribbons with small bits of paper onto the stems of each water goblet, beer mug, or wine glass. Write a fortune on each slip of paper to wish your guests a happy and prosperous New Year. The fortunes are fun to read aloud, and they double as drink markers!

Supplies:
–ribbon
–card stock or other paper
–scissors
–hole punch

Optional: computer with word processing program, printer, and ink

Method:
Begin by composing your own fortunes — you can use the Internet for help if you need to! Then cut strips or pieces of paper and a length of ribbon for each guest with a scissors. Punch each bit of paper with a hole punch.

Write a fortune on each piece of paper.

If you prefer, you can use a computer and printer to print out the fortunes from a word processing program, then cut them into strips.  Punch each fortune with a hole punch, and follow the remaining directions below.

Thread a length of ribbon through the hole and tie one to each glass. Mix them up, so that you get a surprise too!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

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