It’s hard to believe that New Year’s Eve is just days away. With all of the Christmas excitement, the last days of the year seem to speed by, which can be alarming if you are planning to host a New Year’s Eve party!

If you’re not quite ready to ring in the new year, don’t stress. These last-minute New Year’s Eve decorating ideas will help you set the stage for a magical evening so you can kick off 2014 in style.

Keep your colors simple.

Limited color palettes are often the most powerful, and New Year’s Eve is a great time to employ this tactic. The best New Year’s color palettes are

  • Metallics– Stick with one or mix silver, gold, bronze, and copper.
  • Neutrals– New Year’s neutrals should be anything but boring. Combine champagne, pink, nude, chocolate brown, and gold for a look of understated glamour.
  • Black and white– Black and white is a classic pairing that is perfect for a slightly more formal gathering. Keep it interesting with different textures.
New Year's party decoration ideas

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Of course, even if you choose a neutral or black and white color scheme, make sure you have some shine, whether it is through metallic elements, glitter, or other shimmery finishes.

Ball ornaments are your friends. Use them generously.

You probably have plenty of ball ornaments out for Christmas, but if you don’t, now is the time to snap some up at steep discounts. These classic Christmas baubles are incredibly versatile and can be used to add some festive, bubbly cheer to your interior design. Hang them from a chandelier, pile them in a bowl, or fill glass vases with them to evoke the effervescence of champagne.

ball ornaments hanging from chandelier

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metallic New Year's decorations

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The only thing better than ball ornaments are candles. Put them everywhere (within reason).

Candles add an instant sense of magic and romance to a gathering. Place a smattering of votives around your dessert display or arrange a line of pillar candles on your mantel. Luminara flameless candles are a great alternative for adding ambiance without the fire hazard.

candles used in New Year's tablescape

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Let the refreshments take center stage.

You’d be amazed how little decoration your party needs if you simply let the food and drinks do the talking. Created a layered tablescape for visual interest by using beautiful linens and serving pieces, and remember to vary the height of the displays for maximum impact. Pile some goodies high on a stand and arrange others on long, low platters. Set up a bar station with a pretty tray and some festive swizzle sticks to accompany the drinks.

gold New Year's decorations

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Add balloons!

While it’s true that balloons are a children’s party staple, they can also be a fantastic design tool for grown up gatherings! Hang them from the ceiling, pile them in the corners, or tape them to a wall to add to the bubble theme.

balloon decorations for New Year's Eve

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Last, but not least, don’t forget the champagne! ¬†What is your secret weapon of last-minute decorating? Share your thoughts in the comments, or join the conversation on Facebook.