Perhaps 2011 was filled with a lot of ho-hums and not so many ho, ho, hos. However, one brilliantly bright spot of 2011 was the increasing popularity of DIY culture. Making do with odds and ends has - and will most likely continue to be - a fine, emerging art. Celebrate the resurgence (and help the movement gain popularity) of the do-it-yourself atmosphere and celebrate 2012 at home with your best buds and loved ones at a DIY New Year's Eve Party. After all, who really wants to drive to an overblown, booze-infused party that's way overpriced (and probably has a carbon footprint the size of Montana)?
Old Newspapers and Magazines = Confetti
When the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, people like to go crazy and throw things... I think it's in our human DNA or something. Don't buy the overly glittery, glam confetti this year. Just cut up old magazines, newspapers and junk mail. Instant confetti in your recycling bin? Who knew?!
Turn Down the Lights, Party by Candlelight, Holiday LEDs
Don't pack away your holiday decorations just yet. Use those bright LEDs to provide some party-ready mood lighting at your NYE soiree. Add to the ambiance by lighting a few soy or beeswax candles.
Drink up Sustainably
Toast to a healthy and sustainable New Year by serving eco wine, beer and herb-infused cocktails. The following articles contain information about sustainable wine and winter cocktails. Also, learn about the joys of champagne, the beverage that pretty much owns New Year's Eve.
Herb-Infused Winter Cocktails
6 Sustainable Wine Picks for The Holidays, from An Expert
Swap Holiday Gifts You Don't Want or Need
Okay, raise your hand if you received a coffee grinder, but don't drink coffee. Every year, everyone receives at least one gift we won't use or don't like. At your New Year's Eve party, ask attendees to bring the gifts they don't want or need. A fun themed NYE gift swap will also break the ice between partiers who may not be acquainted. But be sure not to bring something another party attendee gifted you!
Other Quick Party-Infusers
Organic snack attack: Keep the treat list healthy by making one of these tasty and healthy party snacks. Check out the recipes in the articles below:
Party, Please! Vegan 'Sausage' Stuffed Mushrooms
6 Hors d'Oeuvres that Practically Make Themselves
3 Easy, 3-Ingredient Spreads that Wow