9 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Now that you’ve received a ton of holiday cards and (hopefully) gotten everything on your wish list, it’s time to focus on the next big holiday: New Year’s Eve. And, unfortunately, NYE parties are pretty hit or miss—people are either dancing it up until 3 a.m. or quietly sneaking out the door once the ball has dropped. If you’ve decided to throw a party this year and are looking to say goodbye to 2013 in style, Her Campus has got you covered with nine fun ideas to amp up your get-together.

1. Dinner Plates with Clocks Underneath

What better place setting to have for a party counting down ‘til 2014 than a clock? You can pick up cheap clocks and glass plates at the dollar store and set the clocks underneath the plates before your guests arrive. Be sure to mix and match colors or clocks to add variety!

2. 2014 Resolutions Chalkboard

Have a 2014 Resolutions chalkboard hanging up when people walk in the door where they can write their resolution at the beginning of the night. Later on it will be fun to see what everyone is looking to accomplish in the coming year!

3. Dress Up as Your Favorite Thing From 2013


New Year’s Eve is a perfect excuse to dress up, so why not do it as your favorite thing from 2013? Have your guests come dressed as their favorite person, event, thing, etc. from the past year. If you’re having a big party, it will give guests who don’t know each other an instant conversation starter!

4. 2013 Singles CD

Ask your guests to submit their three favorite songs that were released this past year and put together an awesome playlist for your party. It’ll have everyone dancing late into the night!

5. New Year’s Bingo

Make Bingo cards with funny or cute things that happened to you and your friends this year for a quick and funny game to play with everyone. Write down all the experiences and put them in a bowl, and when you pull one out and read the experience out loud, have people mark it on their bingo card with a piece of candy! This is great for a small party or a bigger get-together.

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About The Author

Jessica Salerno is a senior Magazine Journalism major at Ohio University and originally from Westerville, Ohio. In addition to writing for Her Campus Jessica also writes for the Her Campus Ohio University Branch and plays club soccer. She has an obsession with online shopping and candy, and loves to hang out with her family. Jessica hopes one day to have a career in online or magazine journalism.