There’s an old saying that says, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans.” While I don’t suppose this was meant to describe my party planning luck, it sure fits.
It seems whenever I make plans lately, it always gets derailed. Seeing as how my word of the year this new year is “Balance,” it only seems fitting. I’m working on the balance it takes to live a wholehearted & authentic life, while still going with the flow. “Resistance is futile,” is another old saying. I completely agree. A very famous author, Stephen Pressfield wrote an entire book (The War of Art) about overcoming resistance as a writer. It seems this is where the problem begins, in the resistance of life.
So in an effort to remain balanced and go with the flow, I’m following Eckhart Tolle’s advice on staying fully present, and living each moment as though I had chosen it that way.
Now let’s talk party!
I made plans for New Year’s Eve, and for the second time in two years I had to cancel with little notice and host at our home. Pulling myself up by the bootstraps, I did the first thing that came to mind! I drove straight to my local dollar store and picked up what I could in order to save a few bucks. I did not expect to find everything I would need for my party AND all for just under $25!
A little creativity and some determination can go a long way! So I’m sharing some of these simple and easy short cuts with you. I’m severely late on this post. For the second year in a row I seemed to have lost all of my pictures of this party, luckily this time I was able to get it back. So essentially I’m postin gthis before I lose them again!
First let me start off by saying that at first this was just an attempt to shave a few pennies off the dollar. As I began browsing, the more creative I was able to be and this became a full on challenge to get everything I needed.
Let’s start with how amazed I was that the Dollar Store sold party pom-poms.. I love creating my own (which I did last year), but this sure did save a ton of time this year, which I desperately needed! These adorable masks were a great change to the usual NYE hats and the ladies just loved them!
I had some leftover gold straws (you can find these at Party City or even Target), so I just clipped them in half and hot glued these glitter pom-poms I found at the dollar store.
They worked great as festive decoration in our Prosecco (some of our guests did not like champagne). Prosecco was a welcomed change, I just love it! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you know how much I love a good #thriftscore! I found a set of these beautiful wine glasses (they can be used for champagne as well) at my local Goodwill store. A set of eight only cost $10! They added just the right amount of sparkle to my party.
Along with these beauties it wouldn’t be a party without these gorgeous, simple hipster-chic shot glasses I just had to have. All together I paid under $20 for these sets, I didn’t count it towards the party total because I will be using them forever, not just for this NYE party!
These homemade hats I made for the kids to enjoy in case they were able to brave staying up late enough to count down (they didn’t). I just folded grey and black card stock into a cone shape and stapled it together. I used garland from the dollar store to decorate and used rubber string to hold in place. What was leftover I used as garland necklaces by stapling them all together. I was really digging deep at this point!
One of the easiest ways to save on a fun party is to incorporate printables. I searched online until I found a FREE printable set that would fit my theme. I was able to print banners, pictures, and even these cute tags for all of my decorative straws.
For this glitter-ized champagne bottle, I sprayed adhesive all over the bottle and rolled it around in my favorite glitter. It went perfectly with my “Pop-Fizz-Clink” theme.
I was able to score these cool sparkler holder printables to hand out to everyone. Everyone enjoyed celebrating with sparkles at midnight and it was a fun favor to be able to hand out at the party.
Another inexpensive way to amp up your party is to pull double duty with your Christmas decorations. Hanging some bulbs from your ceiling in the color scheme of your party can add a cool effect to a small space.
Some of the best moments in life aren’t planned and I’ve certainly learned to ride the waves. This party was put together in just a few hours, but it was one of our best NYE experiences.
I hope this will inspire you to check every nook and cranny and go with the flow. Who knows when the Dollar Store Diva may strike again!