Throwing a festive soiree is no easy undertaking. Now that the holiday season is coming to a close, you have one last opportunity to flex your party muscle in 2015. After all, New Year’s Eve is all about saying goodbye to the old and ringing in the new! That being said, we want you to start 2016 with a bang. Below we’ve curated a list of ideas to help you host a celebration to remember. From decadent cocktails to NYE-inspired décor, we’ve covered the bases when it comes to throwing the ultimate New Year’s Eve party.

If you need help in the NYE hostess department, Team LC has got you covered! Keep scrolling for 10 fresh party ideas to ring in the New Year the right way…

The Perfect Cheese Plate, 2 Ways

1. The Perfect Cheese Plate, 2 Ways via LaurenConrad.com
In true LaurenConrad.com fashion, no party is complete without a cheese plate (or two!). Learn how to create not one but two delicious cheese plates to satisfy every taste bud at your NYE celebration. Don’t forget to pair them with wine!

2. DIY Gold Fringe Drink Toppers via Sugar & Cloth
Our goal this year is to add sparkle wherever possible… NYE drinks included. These festive gold fringe drink toppers add a touch of something extra to your beverages and can also be used to differentiate one drink from another. Win win!

3. Bubbly Balloon Backdrop via Honey & Fitz
Whether you’re looking to spruce up your beverage bar or wanting to create a festive photo backdrop, this DIY is for you. This bubbly balloon backdrop is effortless to assemble – just inflate each balloon in an assortment of sizes and simply tape them to the wall.

4. DIY Mini Party Hats via Homey Oh My!
We have the perfect accessory to go with your New Year’s Eve getup… a homemade mini party hat. We enjoy going all out for holidays and NYE is no exception! We’re especially smitten with the prints and color palette of these little beauties.

5. Gold Sugar Sparkle Champagne Flutes via Southern Weddings
If you haven’t noticed, we can’t go long without sparkles and champagne. Prepare for your midnight toast by sugaring the rim of each champagne flute before your guests clink glasses. This simple embellishment will make 2016 all the more sweet when the clock strikes 12!

DIY Confetti Poppers

6. DIY Confetti Poppers via LaurenConrad.com
While we may have created this fun and easy DIY for the 4th of July, it’s equally as fitting for ringing in the New Year. Confetti poppers have longtime been a NYE staple and we can’t imagine our celebrations without them. Follow this simple tutorial to create your own!

7. DIY Disco Ball Piñata via Studio DIY
It may be a tradition to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, but why not create your own and fill it with candy? Create this DIY disco ball piñata and use it as festive décor or have your friends attempt at breaking it open. Either way this crafty creation will be the center of attention!

8. Champagne Etoile via Coco + Kelley
When we think New Year’s Eve, we think champagne. If you’re looking for a different way to serve up everyone’s favorite celebratory beverage, look no further. This cocktail recipe involves vanilla syrup, your favorite bourbon, and classic bubbly. Intrigued? You have to try it!

9. Glittery Pastel Party Horns via Such Pretty Things
Let’s face it, ringing in the New Year calls for lots and lots of noise. Like most things on LaurenConrad.com, we like to add a touch of chic wherever possible. These glittery pastel party horns are a sparkling way to let your neighborhood know that 2016 has officially arrived.

10. A Sparkling Setting via Martha Stewart
Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your decorations away just let. Create a decadent centerpiece using champagne flutes and metallic ornaments. Your set up will be so pretty no one will even notice that your Christmas décor joined your New Year’s bash! 

How are you ringing in the New Year?

I’d love to hear about your celebrations in the comments!

XO Lauren

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