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As any host knows all too well, New Year’s Eve decor ideas can be surprisingly hard to come by. While other holidays—Halloween, Christmas, even birthdays—come with built-in color palettes, New Year’s Eve tends to perplex. Glitter, sequins and every shade of the rainbow are on the menu, outfit-wise, but what really is there to do for party decor? The answer is actually less elusive than it appears—especially now that we’re headed into the ’20s once again. (Gatsby, anyone?)
New Year’s Eve is an excuse for you to take your decor in any direction you so choose. And when in doubt, you can just emulate your clothing. Sparkles are always a good idea. You can never go wrong with black. And iridescent pieces offer you the chance to get in on the every-shade-of-the-rainbow thing without being too literal.
While DIY hotspots might point you in the direction of crafty New Year’s Eve decor ideas that promise to make your party as impressive (and delightfully over-the-top) as your outfit, some of us simply don’t have time to throw together homemade streamers, garlands, confetti and the like. We already have delicious New Year’s Eve dishes to whip up, after all. When will we find the time—in the four days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve—to knock out a ton of DIYs, too?
The answer to this question is also less elusive than it appears: We can simply shop New Year’s Eve decorations. There’s tons of it on the market—and some of it’s actually cute (and timeless) enough to warrant leaving up year-round. So if you can’t summon the energy to take down your stunning New Year’s Eve decor on January 1 or 2 (or let’s be real, in January at all), you get a free pass; your houseguests will just associate your aesthetic with sparkly festivity, which will undoubtedly leave you seeming like the coolest, funnest friend around.
So what are you waiting for? There’s little time before the clock strikes midnight on December 31. Start browsing these totally shoppable New Year’s Eve decor ideas, loading your digital shopping carts and making mental notes of the decor you can get away with leaving up for months to come. Because 2020 is right around the corner, and you want to ring it in right.
This gilded banner is perfect for indoor or outdoor parties, and is designed with eco-friendly materials.
A chic alternative to traditional confetti.
Festive candle holders to light up your NYE soiree.
A NYE-friendly version of the classic beer pong game.
These chic balloons are an easy and cute way to fill the space.
Poppin’ bottles bigger than our heads.
Some gold hanging garland makes for perfect photo-ops.
Light up the night with some bougie candelabra action.
Your average cheese board could never.
Everyone is royalty on New Year’s Eve
We are headed into the ’20s again.
Sound the alarm—or the party horns.
Shining, shimmering, splendid.
For the best NYE dinner party.
The perfect little accessory to any drink.
This garland is sure to add some fun to any NYE party.
Place these behind the dessert or drinks table, or anywhere you want a cute photo-op.
Because even the dishes holding the snacks should be cute.
The start of the cutest NYE bouquet.
Who said paper umbrellas are just for luaus?
Honestly, a mood.
Add a little ambience to your party space.
The vintage feel of these party tags is perfect for an upscale soiree.
Guests are sure to love these sparkly plates—and you won’t have to wash them the next day.
Throw. It. Everywhere. (Unless you hate vacuuming.)
A version of this article was originally published in 2018.
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