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Decorating tips for a New Years Eve party

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Decorating for a New Years Eve party is easy and fun!
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Decorating for Your New Years Eve Party Is a Snap With New Years Eve Supplies

If you are planning a New Year's Eve party then you are probably looking for some great decorating ideas. Here are some ideas using New Years Eve supplies that you will just love.

To decorate for your party, first select your theme or style. Is your party a sophisticated adults-only party with a champagne toast? Or is your party for the neighborhood with lots of friends and their children watching the New Year's Eve ball drop on television? The type of New Year's Eve supplies will you need will be determined by the style you select.

Just about every New Year's Eve party could use some great hats and noisemakers. Be sure to get yours early, before these are gone from the stores or online stores. Hand a hat to each guest after they have had a chance to put their coat away, and give out noisemakers at about 11:45pm, so they are ready to go at twelve midnight.

If you are having a sophisticated adult party, why not consider looking for face masks for your guest's to wear during the evening as well to add to the fun.

If your party is a neighborhood or family party, get the kids to make noisemakers with coffee cans and uncooked rice. The kids can cover the coffee cans with colored construction paper and draw designs on them. Add about 1/4 of a cup of uncooked rice to each coffee can. Criss-cross heavy tape over the lid of the coffee can (to safeguard against overly-enthusiastic kids shaking).

Look for a great "Happy New Year's Eve 2007" banner to add to your party. This is a great New Year's Eve supplies item to have for your decorating. For a more sophisticated party, a metallic banner might be the best choice. If you are holding a neighborhood party, or a family party with lots of kids why not enlist the kids themselves to make the banner to hang up? Give the kids lots of colored construction paper and some letter stencils and markers and let them create a banner to hang up for the party. This can be a fun activity for them for the early part of the evening.

Add some great centerpieces to your buffet tables for a New Year's Eve party. Centerpieces have a bad reputation for being expensive, but if you get creative, you do not have to spend a huge amount of money on them. For a sophisticated party, floating candles and flower blossoms in a wide rimmed glass bowl can be a very pretty look. Or consider a winter flower such as an amaryllis, they come in lovely wintery colors such as red, white, red and white striped and a lovely pinkish color. For a neighborhood or family party, why not do a centerpiece of a bouquet of bright colored tulips, or some lovely sharp-scented eucalyptus leaves. Votive candles arranged in a line or a circle can also make a great centerpiece.

Make that dinner table look so pretty with a tablecloth in a bright color, and napkins and placemats that match. Linen is perfect for sophisticated party with adults. For a neighborhood or family party you may want to adjust this slightly, and go with a cloth tablecloth (paper tablecloths usually tear easily), but use paper napkins. Paper napkins come in lots of colors now, so they can still match your decor. You can even find napkins that say "Happy New Year" to add to your New Years Eve supplies.

Another great idea for decorating whether it is a sophisticated adult party, or a neighborhood or family party is to add balloons to your decor. Balloons are usually an inexpensive but great way to decorate for a party. You can get Mylar (shiny) balloons. The Mylar balloons come with greetings and you can without a doubt find balloons that will say "Happy New Year". Or go with regular, unshiny balloons and they will still look great.

Get balloon weights, available at any party supplies store for a very low price. Tie balloons in corners where they will look great but not float around in the way of your guests. Or if you have a high ceiling, let balloons float on the ceiling. Let children or guests take balloons home with them at the end of the evening. The right New Years Eve supplies will help you pull of another great celebration of a new calendar year.

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