Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s at a black tie event or counting down with your TV, we have all you need to know about this year’s New Year’s Eve trends.
Here’s how people will be decorating, dressing, eating and drinking as they ring in 2014, and it all begins in 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1…
Give your champagne flutes a little sparkle when you rim them with a decorative sugar. Look for edible sparkles at a store that sells cake-decorating supplies. They even come in fun shapes like gold stars or silver hearts.
A “Cookies & Milk” Toast
Here’s a festive toast for the under-21 crowd: Garnish a glass of milk with a giant chocolate chip cookie. Serve in plastic champagne glasses and little ones will really feel included in the midnight celebration.
Count down the hours till midnight with these fun, colorful cupcakes from Parents.com. Have kids change the time on the clock as each hour ticks away, making this trend not only delicious, but educational, too.
Glitter Ombre Nails
You’ll be the life of the party with this manicure. These sparkly ombre nails were recently featured on Glamour.com. Adhere craft glitter to your nails with a clear topcoat and a metal cuticle pusher to add a little bit of sparkle to your New Year’s look.
Pantone just announced Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year. Show everyone you’re a fashionista by rocking this shade of purple described by Pantone as, “expressive, creative and embracing.” The perfect attitude for greeting a new year.
There’s nothing more festive than confetti and balloons, so why not combine them? Hang confetti-filled balloons on the ceiling and pop them at midnight. Or, for a less messy approach, check out this idea from kid’s retailer, AlexandAlexa. Use PVA glue to adhere large pieces of confetti onto the outside of balloons.
Noon Years Eve
If you’ve got little ones, then you may want to celebrate when the clock strikes noon. Noon Year parties are growing in popularity and you don’t have to host it yourself. Many museums, libraries and zoos have Noon Year’s Eve festivities complete with balloon drops, DJs and of course, a countdown to noon.
Enjoy the first morning of 2014 with a Bellini Bar at your New Year’s brunch like this one from Giada de Laurentiis of the Food Network. Make a few different fruit purees like blueberry or peach, then serve with Prosecco and whole berries for garnishing.
Eat food with meaning on New Year’s Day to bring a little luck your way, like this recipe for Black-Eyed Peas from MarthaStewart.com. The story goes that eating black-eyed peas show humility and therefore brings on good fortune.
Keep memories alive in 2014 with a memory jar. Decorate a glass jar and fill it with memories throughout the year. It can be little things like a delicious meal you shared or big things like your baby’s first steps. The beauty of the jar is it only takes seconds to jot down memories, but now you’ll remember them forever.