Auld Lang Syne!

This year we are celebrating New Year’s Eve in “our new home”. I couldn’t control my excitement and went as “all-out” on the decorations as I could! While still trying to be ingenious!


Living in a small town I realized I would have to get creative, hello Pinterest! There aren’t many places that carry a variety of NYE themed decorations. I found myself in the “over the hill” section! I knew I wanted gold, black, and burlap to be the star colors! I found myself pacing around hobby lobby for a good hour trying to think of ways to use what they had available and create from things I already had.


The real star of my decorations would have to be the gold christmas garland! At this point in the year it’s half off and really makes a statement! I am especially proud of how it looks with my chalkboard.


Here are my decorating tips to get the NYE style I created:


-Plenty of gold christmas garland and any other type of garland you can find in gold and black, I was lucky enough to find the cute glitter beads! Of course crepe paper works as well! White or black!


-Pennants in gold, black, and burlap. These are fun because you can create phrases on them.


-Mylar curtains are fun for doorways or as photo booth backdrops


-Any gold or black hanging decor. I found spiral stars are walmart and fans at hobby lobby (sorry they aren’t pictured)


-Black trash bags make a quick cheap backdrop, I used one to cover up the thing I had my chalkboard sitting on.


For the other decor I gathered things around my home. I love using white pillar candles in mason jars to keep with the farmhouse look, galvanized things. Clocks, horns, confetti, and printable with cute phrases! I was lucky enough to have white pillows with gold patterns printed on them! 


For the “buffet” I decided to put the snacks and desserts out on the counter. I put my burlap placemats underneath with gold confetti and created a table scape using the clocks, candles, and other things I had at home. I stuck some of the extra gold stickers I had onto chopsticks/dowels.


hello 2016!

For the the champagne cupcakes and flutes I found some silver wilson cake plate dealies. I don’t have a cake stand just yet! And I used a tiered jewelry holder to hold chocolate kisses! I also had a plate of champagne jello-shots. I found a neat banner to stick into the cupcakes.


The dining table has a cheap black table cloth with a burlap ribbon down the center and gold confetti scattered. I love how well white plates go with everything! The gold confetti is actually stuffing for gift bags.


I put my bar cart in the living room to have the champagne close by as we watched the countdown. I also decorated it and put some of the treats on it and the horns.


Our meal was done as easily as possible to afford me the time to do what I really wanted. I put salsa, bean dip, and guac put with scoops, everyone’s favorite. There was also a small sausage, cheese, and cracker tray, as well as flavored crackers and fruit.


Michael is the one truly pulling off dinner. He BBqed a pork tenderloin and his sister prepped the potatoes. While her girls helped me decorate and frost cupcakes. I made sure to have sparkling juice and special treats and goodies for them.


Other tips I have for you as I went through the experience would be to give yourself options for the evening in several areas. I happy that we have a small bluetooth radio in the kitchen, a ps4, our own board games as well as ones I found for reflecting on the last year.

Don’t stress out about your home being too perfect. I’m a big fan of tossing everything into the spare room and barricading the door. Deal with it later. It’s the holidays, let it go… When the time comes you want to have most of the busy work done so that you can enjoy yourself.


I hate to admit that i spent a lot more than I wanted to on this party, but thankfully I can save most of it for years to come! And it was worth it to have such a festive place to be.


Happy 2016 everyone!


Hobby Lobby:

-glitter ball garland

-mylar curtain

-cake topper

-table confetti

-gold hanging dots and black fans

-mason jars

-happy (birthday) banner

-burlap pennant

-gold letter stickers (now the banner will be reusable! might use black next time however…)

-rock candy!



-gold christmas tree garland

-silver plates (Wilton)

-black hanging stars


-burlap ribbon (wedding section)

-new serve ware for chips and dip.


Dollar Tree:

-table cloth


At home:




-ipad holder


-bar cart

-tiered tray

-paper plates and napkins, I already had some