New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to throw an elegant party, and these glam New Year’s Eve party themes are sure to make it a night to remember.
I don’t know about you, but I love to throw a party for New Year’s Eve.
It seems like every time I go out somewhere to ring in the new year, the event never lives up to my expectations…and it’s always really expensive!
If you throw a party at home, you get to have a bunch of your friends and family around to celebrate, and it usually doesn’t end up costing any more than that dinner out would.
Plus, everyone likes to dress up a bit for New Year’s Eve so I get to indulge my love of glam, and put on a more formal affair.
As usual for my parties, I like to go with a theme. Party themes just makes it so much easier to decide on decorations, food and drinks. And my guests have an idea of what to expect.
Since I have had quite a few of these parties over the years, I have compiled a list of my favorite glam New Year’s Eve party themes in case you are looking for inspiration for your own holiday event!
Continue on to the next pages to browse through my list of party themes, or skip directly to the New Year’s Eve party themes you are interested in:
Kate Spade New Year’s Eve Party Theme
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Almost all of my New Year’s Eve parties have a lot of black, white and metallics in the color scheme.
Glam events just seem to lend themselves to that color palette.
So when I was looking for a way to add a little more color to the decor, I settled on a Kate Spade inspired theme.
She definitely knew how to add a little pizzazz to black and white!
Kate Spade NYE Party Invitations
First let me be honest and say that I almost never send out formal invitations for my parties. Mostly because I’m never that organized to get them out in time.
However if I were going to send out invitations for a Kate Spade party, I would go with something like these black and white striped ones that you can customize* to say whatever you want.
Kate Spade NYE Party Tablescape
For this party, I wanted to go with black and white striped tablecloths.
Unfortunately, I only had one and thought I would have to come up with a different option for the other tables.
Then I remembered that I had some black and white striped wrapping paper. Cut it to size and it makes a perfect runner for the table!
Add some gold, black and white tableware and a few pink accents and these tables are done!
Kate Spade NYE Party Decorations
One thing I always try to do for my New Year’s Eve parties is to decorate my Christmas trees so that they go with my party colors, like this Kate Spade inspired Christmas tree in my den.
That does involve knowing what your party colors are going to be before you decorate for Christmas…but then some of your decorations are done in advance, which is always a bonus!
To add more of the black and white stripes, I hung alternating black and white curtains across the living room windows. And then hung gold balloons from the ceiling for that extra glam factor.
Finally, I added some more pink by using fuchsia chair covers that are held on by gold chair sashes.
The whole thing didn’t actually take that long to put together and everyone loved it.
You can see more of my Kate Spade party decorations HERE.
Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve Party Theme
The next entry on my list of New Year’s Eve party themes is a Winter Wonderland party.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not a big fan of snow. That’s one of the reasons I live in South Carolina now instead of Toronto (where I grew up).
However, there’s something pretty cool about having a party that looks like snow without actually having to feel like snow!
Which is why the Winter Wonderland party is one of my favorite glam New Year’s Eve party themes.
Winter Wonderland NYE Party Invitations
Blue and white invitations* are perfect for a winter wonderland party.
Again these are totally customizable so you can change the wording to whatever you want.
Sending printed ones gives you the opportunity to ask for everyone to wear white…which makes the party pictures look great!
Winter Wonderland NYE Party Tablescape
White and silver table settings go well with the cool-feeling theme, and add some sparkle to your table.
I love using a lot of mirrors on the tables since it reflects the candles and creates a magical effect.
Winter Wonderland NYE Party Decorations
I went all out on the outdoor decorations for my Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve party. I installed an arbor and a gazebo in my living room!
And hung black plastic sheets with stars on them across the ceiling to make it feel like the sky at night.
Finally, I covered pretty much everything with white fabric and string lights to make the whole room glimmer (kind of like snow).
As always, a matching white Christmas tree helped to add to the decor.
Read more about this Winter Wonderland party HERE and find out how I made snow fall from the “sky” over the dance floor.
Mardi Gras Masquerade New Year’s Eve Party
Next up on my glam New Year’s Eve party themes is a Mardi Gras Masquerade party.
Hosting a Mardi Gras masquerade party for New Year’s Eve is a lot of fun.
I think having “accessories” that get your guests involved in the party theme always makes everyone enjoy the party more (and creates some great photo ops).
Mardi Gras is a great excuse for people to wear masks and beads. Even my friends who never wear a costume to the Halloween party are fine with putting these on.
Mardi Gras Masquerade Party Invitations
These Mardi Gras party invitations* make it clear that you are hosting a masquerade party. So people who want to go all out on their masks will bring their own.
I also supplied a selection of cheaper masks for those who didn’t get their own…but decide after they see everyone else wearing one that they want to participate after all.
Mardi Gras Masquerade Party Tablescape
Since Mardi Gras colors are pretty close to peacock colors, I decided to go with that for my New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras tablescape.
It didn’t hurt that I had some peacock Christmas ornaments that I could use for napkin ring holders.
Mardi Gras Masquerade Party Decorations
Hanging different sized paper lanterns in Mardi Gras colors immediately made an impact on the room decor.
If you have ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you know that the beads are everywhere…hanging from trees, around people’s necks, over power lines…you get the idea.
So I decided to put them everywhere, too. Even better? They are a really inexpensive way to decorate for a New Year’s Eve party.
Guests could take some off of this candle tree if they wanted to wear them.
I even used them on the table centerpieces (along with some Christmas ornaments and masks).
Feather vases are one of my other favorite party decorations.
This version uses green, gold and purple feathers to go with the Mardi Gras theme. Find out how to make them HERE.
Of course, as usual, I also decorated one of my Christmas trees with peacock inspired decor to go with the Mardi Gras party decor.
Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party
The next one of my glam New Year’s Eve party themes is a great Gatsby party.
I think the great Gatsby party theme is perfect for New Year’s Eve!
It has glam built right in. Think feathers and pearls with black, white and gold. Gatsby was always ready for a party!
If you really want people to get involved, ask them to dress in roaring 20’s outfits…and you’ll get some really awesome party pictures!
Great Gatsby NYE Party Invitations
Art Deco style invitations* really fit the style of a great Gatsby party…and fortunately you can have them custom printed without spending too much money.
Or if you have a Cricut and want to make your own, check out our DIY version.
Great Gatsby NYE Party Tablescape
Black, white and gold table settings work well with the Great Gatsby party theme…and for New Year’s Eve!
A little gold always adds a bit of glam to any party look.
Great Gatsby NYE Party Decorations
Of course, I couldn’t have a New Year’s Eve Gatsby party without my favorite DIY glam ostrich feather centerpieces. They are really easy to create and definitely make a statement!
Using some 20’s inspired decor and serving ware, like decanters, helps to add to the ambiance.
And since this is a New Year’s Eve party, one of these DIY champagne glass towers is both glam and appropriate.
Black and White New Year’s Eve Party
The last one of my New Year’s Eve party themes is more of a color scheme than a theme…but black and white is such an iconic glam color combination that I had to include it.
Since I tend to do a lot of black and white at my New Year’s Eve parties, it only made sense to actually use that as my theme for one year.
Everyone owns some black and white clothing so I asked everyone to dress for the decor. This always makes the pictures turn out great!
Black and White NYE Party Invitations
Since black and white is a pretty classic color scheme for a somewhat formal event, keeping the invitations simple also works pretty well.
These personalized New Year’s Eve invitations* are perfect for the occasion and are very affordable.
Black and White NYE Party Tablescape
Folding a black napkin in thirds and adding a diamond chair sash* makes it look a bow tie which works well for a more formal New Year’s Eve party.
Black and White NYE Party Decor
For my black and white New Year’s Eve party decorations, I used a lot of black and white damask tablecloths.
This makes tables of all different shapes and sizes look like they belong together.
Hanging silver curtains around the walls, and black ceiling strips with stars hanging down adds a lot of New Year’s Eve glitz to the room.
Once again, my color co-ordinated Christmas tree helped to finish off the New Year’s Eve party decor.
Well, that’s it for this year’s list of glam New Year’s Eve party themes. Hopefully you have found some inspiration for hosting your own elegant event!
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This post was originally published on December 26, 2017 but was updated with new content on August 19, 2023.