Last Minute New Year's Celebration Ideas

It’s New Year’s Eve tonight! Maybe you let it sneak up on you this year like I did and are a little unprepared. My kids love to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and even when we keep it simple, it’s always fun to have a little celebration planned to help ring in the New Year. I’ve pulled together a few fast inspirations, printables, and DIY’s of last minute New Year’s Celebration ideas to help you along. There’s still time!

And if it’s too late for tonight, many of these ideas are a great activity for New Year’s Day too.


  • NYE Photo Booth! 1 of 10
    NYE photo booth

    Use these great printables and ideas to throw together a quick but awesome photo booth for New Year's Eve.

    Inspiration via Caravan Shoppe

  • Let’s Kiss Photo Booth Prop 2 of 10
    lets kiss chalkboard printout

    Use this printable as a prop for the photo booth, totally adorable, right?  They have a couple different fun printable chalk art options to choose from. 

    Get it here from Caravan Shoppe

  • Polaroid Resolutions 3 of 10
    resolution polaroid

    If you've got a polaroid or an Instax camera, this is a great idea! Take a picture of someone and have them write their resolution underneath. Super fun! 

    Inspiration via Kristi Murphy

  • Family Time Capsule 4 of 10
    NYE Time Capsule

    Love this idea! Have each family member contribute a memorable item from the past year, insert a photo and seal it up to be opened on New Year's Eve 2014. Such fun!

    Inspiration via Kelli Crowe

  • Giant Letters Photo Op 5 of 10
    giant letters photo

    Here's another great photo op idea: cut out giant letters and decorate accordingly. Have friends or family hold up for an awesome and memorable photo to remember 2013 by.

    Inspiration via Kristi Murphy 

  • Easy DIY New Year’s Crowns 6 of 10
    party crowns frog prince

    More fun with sparkly scrapbook paper if you've got it! If you don't, plain would work just fine in a pinch. 

    See them here at Frog Prince Paperie

  • DIY Confetti Balloons 7 of 10
    studio DIY

    A New Year's party calls for a little glitz and here's an easy way to get some! All you need are some balloons, some confetti or glitter, and a little decoupage. Bingo! Instant sparkle. 

    Tutorial here from Studio DIY

  • Individual Party Bags 8 of 10
    martha stewart favor bags

    Hit your local craft store for some clear bags, confetti, and noisemakers. Put together an individual bag for each friend or family member. Have everyone use theirs when the clock strikes 12 (or 8 pm…)!

    Inspiration via Martha Stewart

  • Paper New Year’s Banner 9 of 10
    the pretty blog

    Another simple idea for party decor: trace letters on glitter scrapbook paper, cut out and string up for a fancy New Year's banner.

    Inspiration via The Pretty Blog

  • Printable Resolutions For Kids 10 of 10
    kids printable resolutions thirty handmade days

    Use this great printable to get your kids involved! I think it would even be fun for the adults too. 

    Get it here from 30 Handmade Days


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