Ring in the New Year in Style

As 2016 approaches, you might be contemplating how to ring in the New Year — especially if you’re new to your DFW home. Rather than kicking off the fresh year unpacking boxes, get your home ready for a celebration.

A New Year’s Eve party isn’t just a way to have some fun; it’s a chance to get to know your neighbors. Read on for some ideas on how to host an extra-special soiree in your new house.

Make Your Own Bubbly Bar

If you really want to dazzle your friends and neighbors, transform your bar cart into a mobile bubbly bar. Fill it with all kinds of beverages: wine, champagne, and ready-to-mix juices and soda. Use drinkware in different sizes to add a touch of whimsy. Here’s a fun extra: Include a fortune cookie inside each glass. Before guests sip their beverage of choice, they’re treated to a prediction about the year ahead.

Go Glam

If there was ever a time to get glitzy and glamorous, it’s New Year’s Eve. But don’t just think about your wardrobe and jewelry; look to your party decor. What’s an easy way to jazz up your party and make it festive for a midnight toast? Add some sparkle to your wine, martini and champagne glasses (and even your bottles of bubbly). Check out this tutorial on how to make your own sparkling drinkware. You can even go glam with gilded balloons. It’s an interesting idea that adds a sophisticated touch to your New Year’s celebration.

Get Inventive with Photos

If you want to go all out, spring for a photo booth at your party for a fun way to document the festivities. Don’t want to go that route? Designate an area in your home as a photo zone. Bring in some creative props (colorful boas, cowboy hats, and 2016 glasses are all musts). Ask your guests to put their goals in writing on a chalkboard square, and then snap a photo of their resolutions. It’s a great memento and a fun reminder of what they hope to accomplish.

Keep the Party Going

When all the confetti falls, there’s yet another way to get to know your new community while you ring in the New Year: Day 1 Dallas. This kid-friendly celebration on New Year’s Day has a little of everything (carnival food, entertainers, and even a fireworks show) right in historic Fair Park.

This New Year’s Eve, make a connection with your new neighbors by hosting an unforgettable bash. By implementing a few of the ideas above, it’s easy to ring in the New Year in style.

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