Out with the old, and in with the new!

Whether 2013 was one of your best years ever or one that you’d like to move past, one thing is for sure: a new year is reason to celebrate!

To help you all do just that, here are some great ideas we’ve found to make your end-of-year festivities a little livelier, sparklier, and more fun:

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DIY Fringe Tassel Garland, Camille Styles
Set the tone for your New Year’s Eve soirée with décor that feels fun and fancy, without being stuffy. This pretty tassel garland of tissue paper strikes the perfect note between elegant and laidback, and you can easily customize to fit your party’s color scheme. (When it comes to New Year’s Eve, though, you can never go wrong with metallics and glitter…) Camille Styles has got full step-by-step instructions, complete with photos.

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A Balloon-Filled Fête, Studio DIY
As ubiquitous to New Year’s Eve celebrations as glitter and Champagne, we think, are balloons – and Studio DIY has got a whole list of ideas to incorporate balloons into your décor in fun and unexpected ways. We absolutely love the giant balloon 2014 (pictured) and also the mini balloons attached to stir sticks. You can stick to a monochromatic theme, or dress up your balloons by adding paint and/or glitter. Find lots of inspiration here.

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New Year’s Party Favors, Creative Home
Of course, you don’t want your party guests to leave 2013 empty-handed! Luckily, Creative Home has got a fantastic round-up of party favor ideas perfect for the holiday. The custom party horns pictured are seriously pretty, and surprisingly easy to make (click here for instructions) but we’re also really loving the colorful matchbooks filled with confetti and the dressed-up breath mints for that special kiss at midnight.

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Paper Plate Shakers, The Centsible Life
Will you be celebrating with children this year? If so, try this fun and easy (not to mention inexpensive) DIY shaker idea from The Centsible Life. The kids at your party will get a kick out of making their own earlier in the evening, and then using their souvenirs to help ring in 2014 at midnight (or perhaps earlier, depending upon how young they are.)

For other ideas to help your little ones join in the fun, check out this article by Events to Celebrate!

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New Year’s Confetti Clock Cookies, Repeat Crafter Me
No holiday party would be complete without a thematic bite to eat, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate New Year’s into your snacks and treats. These festive cookies by Repeat Crafter Me are the ultimate New Year’s dessert – and while the DIY process may look intimidating to the less experienced baker, we promise that the results will be well worth the effort. Give it a try, or opt for a simpler recipe; there are plenty of great ideas on Pinterest these days.

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New Year’s Eve Cocktails, The Chic Table
Lastly, what would a New Year’s Eve party be without libations? The Chic Table offers a list of 12 New Year’s Eve Cocktails, ranging from traditional mulled wine to fancy Champagne concoctions. We suggest choosing one to be your party’s signature drink; this will help to create a cohesive theme – and also make the night much easier on the bartender! We love this Seelbach Cocktail for its pretty color, not-too-sweet flavor, and glamorous history (it was supposedly a favorite drink of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s – and he certainly knew how to party!)

How will you be ringing in 2014? We’d love to hear your ideas and traditions in the “comments” section below!

… And from all of us here at MyChelle: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

By Liana Orenstein