(party) kid friendly new year’s eve party

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I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from SweetWorks.com for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

photography by Hovering Heart Photography (unless otherwise noted)

Happy 2014 crafty people! You guys need to see this kid-friendly gold, black and white New Year’s Eve party that my BFF Nicole hosted. You might remember the cowgirl party she planned for her girls, she doesn’t miss a detail (even though she would tell you that she went “simple” with this party lol!). Nicole did a fabulous job styling this glitzy party (I helped with the desserts and favors) and it ended with an 8pm countdown, early enough to tuck our littles in bed. Unfortunately, I ran in the new year with a box of tissue and a bag of cough drops while my little guy and husband enjoyed the party. Logan came back shouting “Happy New Year” at the top of his lungs, so I’m pretty sure the party was a success.

Check out that fabulous gold tablecloth, it’s from Fabric Empire on Etsy. Isn’t it fabulous?! Makes me want to throw a gold themed party just so I can use a sequined tablecloth. Nicole did desserts and sparkling apple juice for the kids. I made clock brownie bites out of SweetWorks gumballs and pearls (tutorial coming soon) and edible party hats out of SweetWorks pearls (tutorial coming soon). Nicole filled little vases with black SweetWorks Sixlets and added tea light candles to give the table an added sparkle. In lieu of a cake or cupcakes, Nicole opted for a trendier tower of donut holes adorned with a gold bow. Love it!

Nicole transformed her living room into a dance floor by moving out the furniture and hanging a few lights from the ceiling, along with a sparkly GOLD DISCO BALL (she found it at Target on sale, score!). It’s amazing how a few strands of light can transform a room and create a fun party atmosphere. See the gold frame with the New Year’s chalk art? That was a Goodwill find and it was already gold! SweetWorks sent a chocolate champagne bottle and I “chilled” it in a sea of chocolate Sixlets, which the kiddos loved. It made for a cute little centerpiece when we added it to the center of the fruit tray.

For party favors, Nicole filled white paper bags with confetti poppers, sparkles, snappers and homemade shakers that she crafted out of aluminum cans, wrapping paper and gold duct tape. The shaker was a big hit with my kiddo (remind me to hide it from him during Amelia’s nap time tomorrow lol). The fabulous thing about a New Year’s Eve party is that you don’t have to take down your Christmas tree, just re-decorate with party hats and beads like Nicole did. I crafted up some “Hello 2014” ornaments and filled them with SweetWorks Sixlets. Nicole hung them on her tree and gave one to each family as they left. She also made party hats out of cups and headbands using The 36th Avenue’s hat tutorial.

hello 2014 ornament and shaker photo by see vanessa craft

My favorite detail of this party was Nicole’s homemade photo booth. She used the fish scale photo booth backdrop tutorial from Celebrations, but kept the scales all kraft and spray painted them with gold glitter. Most props were made using a Silhouette Cameo and some were from I Heart Naptime’s set of free New Year’s printables. Everyone had a blast playing with the fun props and snapping photos. Such a fun activity for any party!

Party Credits

Party Styling: Nicole of Petal Wishes

Photography: Lynette of Hovering Heart Photography

Desserts: Vanessa of See Vanessa Craft

Candy: SweetWorks

Gold Tablecloth: Fabric Empire

New Year’s Party Printables: I Heart Naptime

Party Hat Tutorial: The 36th Avenue

Photo Booth Backdrop Tutorial: Celebrations

Hello 2014 Ornament Tutorial: See Vanessa Craft


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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.