New Year's Party 2015

I wouldn't call myself old at all, but Kevin and I decided to ring in the new year on New Year's Day instead of midnight. We have three little children, and I would rather them get a good night's sleep than be grouchy the next day. We had a brilliant idea (maybe not brilliant, but a fun idea) to host a potluck lunch for our friends and family to celebrate the new year with us on New Year's Day.

We played guesstures, had some yummy food, and took silly pictures in our homemade photo booth. We laughed so much, my children were not crabby, and it was the perfect way to start off 2015. Maybe we should make this an annual event.

I had visions of the decorations for the party. I wanted twinkle lights everywhere with gold, silver, and black balloons. I found this cute printable new year's banner from Shanty 2 Chic.

For the photo booth, I used some gold striped material that I have been saving for years, twinkle lights, and balloons. It was easy to put up with push pins, and it made for a festive background. Next year, I will use twice the lights.

The weather was freezing and wet, so my wonderful hubby build a fire to keep us warm and cozy. I wrapped the twinkle lights around the mantel, and hung this festive 2015 banner from Real House Moms.

I wrapped almost all of the curtains on the first floor in twinkle lights and balloons. Did I mention that I wanted twinkle lights everywhere? 

I needed a simply but festive centerpiece for the adult table. I used my nice candle holders and put curled ribbon in and between them. It was inexpensive and festive. You could also use champagne flutes instead of candle holders. 

I didn't have time to design props for the photo booth before the party. Capturing Joy had these adorable printable props. Note: Buy the dowel rods before New Year's Eve. Home Depot has holiday hours. Since I was a last minute shopper, I used pipe cleaners as the handles for the props.

The party was a huge success, and I could not have pulled it off without my hubby and great friends. Happy New Year. May this year bring you joy, health, prosperity, and a closer relationship with your family, friends, and our Savior.


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