Timeless Paper NYE Decorations + Activities for New Year’s Eve 2018

The countdown is on! 2017 is drawing to a close and a fresh new year follows on its heels, and that means one thing – it’s time to party.

If you’re hosting an NYE bash, decorating for your party can feel like the last push of a month-long marathon of attending (or planning) holiday parties and family get-togethers. Thankfully, decking your halls for the final party of the year doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. These timeless paper decorations and party activities have stood the test of time and can be prepared in a cinch:

1. Polka Dot Backdrop


This fun polka dot backdrop by Paper and Stitch will have your guests seeing spots! Whether you use vibrant Astrobrights colors like hot pink and red or opt for more traditional NYE shades like silver and gold, this simple backdrop is a great way to set the stage for your party.

Check out these Astrobrights colors:

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2. Striped Hats


Another Paper and Stitch creation, these striped party hats are easy to make and they’re sure to get your guests (especially any younger attendees) into the party spirit.

Go extra colorful using Astrobrights paper (try matching your hates to your polka dot backdrop!), or opt for a harlequin look using a classic black and white combo:

3. Champagne Bottle and Glass Decorations


These free printable champagne or wine bottle labels and coordinating bowties are perfect for your NYE drink station.

Get the printables from Place of My Taste.

A thinner white paper is ideal for the bottle label, but we suggest using a heavier card stock for the bowties and printable artwork:

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4. Clock Cake Toppers


No NYE party is complete without some classic clock decor. The printable timepieces are also available as mini cupcake toppers, or you could pop them into jello shots, or simply print and hang them up around your event.

Find out how to make your own from Yellow Bliss Road. Print them onto white cardstock, then back them onto shimmering metallic for a bit of extra glam:

5. Printable Resolution Cards


These printable resolution cards by Lia Griffith will get you and your guests thinking about the year to come.

Download the printables.

Lia recommends using white cardstock to print out these cards. For an extra special touch, offer your guests a cute mini-lope to store their resolution in!

6. Resolution Mad Libs


Take your resolution game up a notch (literally) with these printable New Year’s Resolution mad libs.

Download the printables from The Idea Room.

Try using a heavy Kraft paper.

7. Conversation Starters


Get the conversation flowing, inspire your guests to reflect on the past year, and discover new (and possibly embarrassing) things about your family and friends with these printable conversation cards.

Get the printables from Alice and Lois.

We recommend using a 65 lb white cardstock for these cards – it’s a little heftier than basic printer paper.

8. Scavenger Hunt for Kids


Keep your younger partiers busy with this printable scavenger hunt.

Download the printables from Reasons to Skip the Housework.

9. Tuxedo Confetti Poppers


These adorable tuxedo confetti poppers aren’t just for an Oscars party! They’re also perfect for your NYE bash. For a tidier alternative, consider filling them with mini pom poms or larger pieces of tissue paper confetti instead of glitter.

Learn how to make your own tuxedo confetti poppers with this tutorial from Kristi Murphy.

You’ll need black and white card stock to make yours:

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10. Confetti Tubes


These tiny printable tags look adorable hanging from a plastic tube. Instead of filling your tubes with glitter, try filling them with fun shooters! For a more relaxed option, use them to tie off a bag of candy or other party favors.

Download the printable gift tag from A Pumpkin and a Princess.

11. Paper Fortune Cookies


Good fortune for 2018 abounds with these simple paper fortune cookies. All you have to do is cut out a circle, fold it, and stuff it with a fun or heartfelt fortune.

Find the tutorial and make your own from Sugar and Charm.

Classic NYE colors like silver and gold are perfect for these fun favors. For a different take, opt for offbeat colors like mint or midnight blue:

12. Midnight Kisses Favor


Everyone gets a midnight kiss with these super cute favors! Pick up some clear cellophane bags, fill them with chocolate kisses, and tie them closed with a bit of sparkly ribbon and these printable labels.

Download the printables from Create Craft Love.

13. Good Luck and Good Health Favor

These printable cards are perfect for favors or for your party invitations. Attach them to a Kraft paper mat or printed invitation, or affix them to rustic brown paper bags filled with your good luck charm of choice.

Download the printable from Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Count Down in Style

These super simple decorations will add style and spirit to your NYE celebrations. Need more inspiration? Check out these other New Year’s Eve ideas:

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