Sparkle into the New Year’s Eve Party

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Incorporate sparkle into your New Year’s Eve party in fun, unexpected ways with these ideas. Sometimes the best decorative elements are the simplest. To make this eye-catching centerpiece, scatter large flakes of gold confetti in the middle of a dining table and top with large pillar candles and small candles.

Give the normally rustic jar a glamorous facelift using glitter. To make, turn your jar upside down and coat entirely with a layer of spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area. Liberally cover with glitter and once dry, shake off the excess.

Don’t add glitter to just your decor — add it to your menu, too. To add a shimmery and tasty garnish to your cocktails, pour white sparkling sugar sprinkles into a low mound in a shallow dish. Cut a small slit into a lime wedge, then slide it along the rim of your cocktail glass. Dip the top of the glass into the sprinkles, twisting the glass back and forth until the sugar is fully adhered to the rim.

Sparkle into the New Year's Eve PartyFortune Cookies
The stroke of midnight marks the beginning of a new year, and for many, new goals and aspirations. Fortune cookies are a delicious and playful way to predict what’s to come. When adorned with sparkling sugar, they’re instantly taken from drab to fab. To add sugar, combine water and powdered sugar in a small bowl until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Dip a fortune cookie halfway into the mixture, pull it out, then wait a few seconds for the liquid to become slightly tacky. Dip the cookie into white sparkling sugar, and set on parchment paper to dry.

Say Hi!
Everyone loves taking party pics, so why not let the ones from your NYE bash shine above the rest with a show-stopping backdrop? All you need is a bare wall and store-bought glitter paper to set up a bonafide studio where guests can snap photos with their cameras or cell phones. To make, use a large plate to trace a circle on the back of a sheet of 12×12-inch glitter paper. Cut out the traced circle, then use double-sided tape to adhere to the wall. Repeat with additional colors, and arrange spots on the wall in the layout of your choosing.

Confetti Poppers
Whether you’ll be kissing your sweetheart or shooting off fireworks, the stroke of midnight calls for making a big statement. These confetti cannons can be made inexpensively and are the perfect way to start the new year off with a bang. To make, use scissors to cut the bottom out of a paper cup and set aside. Knot the end of a non-inflated balloon, then cut the tip of the other end of the balloon. Stretch the cut end of the balloon around the bottom of the paper cup, then fill with confetti. To fire the cannon, pull the knot back and release.

Embellished Glassware
Embellish your glassware with glitter tape that you can buy at your local craft store. To make, use scissors to cut decorative glitter tape into your desired shapes. Then peel backing and adhere to glassware. When the party’s over, simply peel off the tape and wash your glassware as usual.

Gold Confetti Centerpiece
Sometimes the best decorative elements are the simplest. To make this eye-catching centerpiece, scatter large flakes of gold confetti in the middle of a dining table and top with large pillar candles and small candles.

All That Glitters
Glam it up this holiday season with glitter and gold. Create your own holiday mantel banner and pair with gold-dipped table accents and a pop of pink for a contemporary twist to New Year decor.

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