By Tomikka Anderson

Published on December 15, 2015

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by Tomikka Anderson

mistake #1: taking down your holiday decorations before the party

Christmas bulbs, garland, and lights can all be re-used as decor and centerpieces. By upcycling your holiday decorations, you’ll be setting the mood for a festive celebration.

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mistake #2: saying no to silver and gold

If the color scheme is too passé for you, jump on the metallics trend with accents, like adding silver and gold straws to your tablescape.

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mistake #3: forgetting the party invitations

I mean, what is a New Year’s Eve party without guests? If you’re short on time, an evite works too.

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mistake #4: fearing tassels and streamers

When throwing a New Year’s Eve celebration, there is no such thing as less is more. Why not enter 2016 with a huge bang by adding glitz and glam galore? If you’re looking for a statement decoration that won’t break the bank, consider covering one wall with this DIY big fringe garland.

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mistake #5: shying away from diy

DIY projects like this holiday cheer light box are easy to re-create by using leftover holiday lights—and it’s a perfect way to add some sparkle to your party decor.

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mistake #6: not taking the time to toast to the new year

You can make this moment more special by serving your bubbly in a sparkling flute or bedazzling your champagne bottle. Prep glasses in advance so you’re not scrambling as midnight nears. 

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mistake #7: skipping the store bought stuff

If you think confetti poppers, hats, and noisemakers are too childish for an adult New Year’s Eve party, you are definitely wrong. Get in the spirit by making sure these item are available in a bowl or tray for your guest to quickly grab during the countdown.

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mistake #8: ignoring the photo booth trend

Saying yes to the selfie station provides your guests with the perfect opportunity for a photo-op and a take home memory. Make sure to remember a few chic props.

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mistake #9: not providing a buffet of small bites and drinks

It is important to keep your guest full and hydrated to ensure everyone stays in party mode until (and after!) the countdown.

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mistake #10: passing on party favors

Giving your guests a parting gift is always a great way to say thank you for sharing in your New Year’s celebration. Not sure what to give? Mini calendars, sweet treats, or mini champagnes will do nicely.