If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you already have a lot on your plate. From food and drinks to music and decor, a lot of planning goes into this annual celebration. But in the end, it’s worth it for an evening that you and your guests won’t soon forget. The finishing touch, err proverbial cherry on top, of your annual fête? Favors (and because it’s Domino, we’ve picked projects you can DIY). Some double as decoration, while others send well wishes and inspiration to start the new year off right.
From noisemakers and resolution Mad Libs to detoxifying bath salts and hangover cures for the day after boozing it up, we’ve rounded up the do-it-yourself ideas that are sure to serve as a jubilant reminder of your bash.
Paper Fortune Cookies
Ring in 2018 with positivity and panache. These gilded (faux) fortune cookies add a glamourous touch to your festivities, while bringing good luck to your guests. Plus, they’re fabulous favors!
Get the how-to on Sugar & Charm.
Infused Bath Salts
A soothing soak is a great way to ease stress, relieve sore muscles, and even promote detoxification. And after a late night, there’s nothing better. Not only can you customize these bath salts with a blend of essential oils, but the packaging looks beautiful displayed in the bathroom.
Get the how-to on A Beautiful Mess.
Tassel Wine Charms
There’s something about tassels that just radiate whimsy. These cute wine charms do double duty, differentiating guests’ drinks and adding flair to each glass.
Get the how-to on Sugar & Charm.
Fabric Wrapped Succulents
Planning a seated dinner? These fabric-wrapped succulents serve as fun place settings. Plus, friends and family can take ‘em home once the party comes to an end.
Get the how-to on Alice & Lois.
Printable Donut Favor Boxes
Start 2018 on a sweet note with delicious, gourmet donuts housed in printable gift boxes. Make it easy and pick up a dozen pre-made treats, or go the extra mile by baking up a batch from scratch.
Get the how-to on Almost Makes Perfect
Marbled Wine Stoppers
The perfect takeaway for your next cocktail party, these marbled wine stoppers are pretty (can we talk about the gold foil detailing?), practical, and surprisingly simple to create.
Get the how-to on A Kailo Chic Life.
Hot Cocoa Sachets
A cup of hot cocoa conjures fond memories of snow days, cozy afternoons spent in front of the fire, and warming up after a spin around the local ice rink. Forget Swiss Miss, gift a sense of nostalgia with sachets of homemade mix and mini marshmallows.
Get the how-to on It’s a Sparkly Life.
Patterned Matchboxes and Matchbooks
Dress up matchboxes and matchbooks with playful (freebie) printable patterns. Personalize for each party-goer or choose a few festive prints and let guests select their faves.
Get the how-to on Lovely Indeed.
What is more inspiring for a new year than new life? Send your party guests home with a planted bulb that you put together with love for each of them. This simple DIY from Emily and Erick of Heidi’s Bridge was featured on Poppytalk and is the perfect favor for your loved ones. Fill a mini terracotta planter with soil and a bulb, wrap it in a neutral cloth, and accent it with twine and a sprig, and your gifts are ready to go.
After a long night of celebrating, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. Nobody wants to wake up on the first day of the new year cranky. Since you won’t be getting into bed until well after midnight, a sleep mask is a necessity. The ladies over at A Beautiful Mess share a DIY tutorial to put together your own sleep masks. They’re a great treat to hand out to guests as they head back home for the night.
Aside from fun treats for your friends to snag on their way out, it’s important to have some things waiting for them upon their arrival. You can skip the trip to the party store this year, and make your own crowns and headbands instead. These neon confetti party hats from Oh Happy Day would be adorable to have waiting for your guests. Not only are they festive, they also make for great photo opportunities with everyone in matching hats.
Message in a Popper
When the clock strikes 12, sneak a quick kiss, and then pop open a popper. This confetti-filled version from Studio DIY is a must for your guests this year. Make one for each guest with either personalized messages or happy wishes for the new year. They’re surprisingly easy to make and will be a festive and exciting way to end the evening.
Honey Lavender Soap
After a busy holiday season, everybody needs a moment to unwind before starting the new year. Help your guests pamper themselves by giving them relaxing soaps. This DIY for honey lavender soap from Live Laugh Rowe is a fan favorite and is sure to wow your guests. Make sure to save a couple bars for yourself, too. You’re the one who will really need some extra relaxation.
Cranberry Coconut Lip Tint
If you anticipate a lot of smooching at midnight, set your guests up for success with these kissing essentials. This DIY lip gloss from Hello Glow is easy to make and will definitely be appreciated. With coconut oil, shea butter, and cranberry powder, you’ll be giving a gift to your pals that they’ll use that night and for many nights to come.
Whether you spent New Year’s Eve drinking or not, you’ll most likely be a bit tired and worn down the next day. Put together a little hangover helper set for your guests so they’ll wake up feeling fresh. Single packets of painkillers, antacids, vitamins and water bottles are a good start for anybody who is feeling a bit lousy. Put this group of items in a paper bag and write something like “hangover help” or personal inside jokes—your guests will definitely appreciate these favors.
Noise makers and blowers are essential to every New Year’s Eve Party. Make your own this year with this easily customizable DIY from Julep. Choose the colors, patterns, and textures you want to use, and get started. Match these to your other decorations, and they will look adorable lined up waiting to be used.
Birthdays aren’t the only holidays for wish making. Give your guests a bag of confetti for them to toss and make a wish when it turns to midnight. This idea from Evermine Occasions is cute and simple (and gives you the opportunity to leave a heartfelt note to your guests). For the perfect photo, be sure to have everybody in unison.
Resolution Mad Libs
Whether you and your guests do these at the party or on your own, they’re the perfect positive piece to end your NYE bash. These downloadable sheets from The Idea Room give you the opportunity to reflect on the past year and figure out your hopes and wishes for the one to come.
Originally published December 2016. Updated December 2017.
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