a 4 ingredient app Bake up some cheesy goodness that everyone will love with these Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Bombs. There are only 4 ingredients, so make as many as you can, because they’re sure to be popular.
an easy recipe for a hard punch Q: What sounds better than a Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade? A: Nothing. Your guests will no doubt be impressed—and don’t be afraid to admit there are only six ingredients!.
a crowd-pleasing sangria For guests who prefer a lighter beverage, stir up some Blood Orange Sangria. The recipe calls for 2 bottles of pinot grigio, lots of blood oranges, a bit of brandy, and other chopped fruits.
don’t customize a playlist Creating the perfect playlist takes time. Good thing music streaming services like Spotify are offering “Year in Music” playlists personalized by country, so you’ll easily be able to enjoy all your favorite hits from the past year.
confetti balloons Ring in the New Year without those cheesy blow horns and instead sprinkle some confetti in your balloons before blowing them up. Instruct guests to pop them at midnight and enjoy an explosion of confetti—and glitter if you’re feeling ambitious about the required cleanup.
rehang your christmas lights If you’ve already taken down your Christmas lights (which you shouldn’t have!), hang them right back up. Not only will they look pretty, but they’ll provide the perfect amount of faint light for when you’re partying with the lights off.
make a hashtag for your party Make reminiscing over the last few hours of 2015 easier the next morning by creating a hashtag for your event. Enjoy scrolling through photos of your guests’ nights—just make sure the # is creative, easy to remember, and posted in plain sight so everyone uses it.
give guests a backdrop Buy a Times Square backdrop from your local corner store for guests to take silly photos in front of. If you’re looking for an upgrade or have time to add a personalized touch, paint a banner or white sheet with whatever matches your party’s aesthetic. One step further? Hang extra Christmas greenery or flowers for a chic look.