…but until then, here are some fun, easy, clever ideas for you to celebrate with your friends. It is definitely not too late to throw together a fabulous time and ring in 2009 with your nearest and dearest!
Clockwise from top left: Hang inexpensive clocks from monofilament (that’s heavy duty fishing line, kids) from the ceiling, some individually, some back-to-back. I mean seriously, is there an easier, cheaper way to decorate for New Years AND use vertical space (my number one all important decor element reminder)?? These clocks are available at IKEA for $2.99 – $9.99!; Gather all the clocks in the house (hit the thrift shops, borrow from your neighbors and ask guests to bring some too!) and group them together to create lovely centerpieces, mantle decor and more (remember, you make more impact if you group items together, as opposed to spreading them out everywhere) via Martha Stewart; Place colorful clocks under clear glass plates for New Year’s Eve dinner (you can even get away with using nice quality clear plastic plates with “chargers” like these!) like Denise did over at Little Ant Designs. Serve a jolt of java in these adorable numbered cups before sending your guests home for the night, available from Japanese Modern Design.
Create your own balloon drop by following these directions from Family Fun (very easy and inexpensive) or just buy the kit from Target (who doesn’t love falling balloons and confetti at midnight?!); Give guests their own New Years Kit by filling baggies with confetti and taping a noisemaker to the top like Martha did (another one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas!); Observe the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight for a year of good luck (while serving the prettiest champagne in town), via Martha Stewart; Pass out fun 2009 glasses to your guests and then be sure to grab your camera! Glasses available at Goggles and Glasses.
Have fun, be safe, and call me if you want me to plan that party at a clock store…seriously….I think it would PHENOMENAL to have all those clocks chiming, chirping, binging and bonging at midnight! Next year I’m doing it….you’ll see!