New Years Eve party themes: friends celebrating the New Year together

The end of the year is the perfect time for goal-setting, reflection, and celebrating. Whether you’re kicking last year to the curb and focusing on a brighter new year or celebrating big wins over the last 12 months, make it a night to remember by hosting a New Year’s Eve party.

With these New Year’s Eve party themes, you can host an over-the-top glamorous event or a cozy night surrounded by loved ones. Best of all, it’s easy to invite guests to the special bash since we’ve paired each one with a digital invitation design for inspiration. 

13 New Year’s Eve Party Themes

New Years Eve party themes: family happily eating together

Ready to ring in the New Year? These New Year’s Eve theme ideas will surely get the ball rolling — or dropping! — for a festive celebration. From themes that celebrate your favorite decades to seasonal inspiration, there’s a way to celebrate the New Year in style.

1. Great Gatsby Party

New Years Eve party themes: Champagne Tower Tree Invitation

Design: Jen Montgomery

Kick things off with a Roaring 20s party complete with Art Deco designs, glittering champagne towers, and sequined ensembles. Elevate the party theme with an invite like the Champagne Tower Tree invitation and ask guests to wear their best flapper attire. Set the mood with live jazz music, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and gold confetti poppers. 

2. Blacklight Soiree

New Years Eve party themes: Hologram Pop Invitation

Design: Colin Cowie

Ready to get lit? Usher in the countdown with a glow-in-the-dark New Year’s Eve party theme! Customize this Hologram Pop invitation to set the tone and prepare guests for a fun-filled evening of glow sticks, neon decorations, and blacklights. Want to go over the top? Make it a glowing paint party and let guests bang drums topped with glow-in-the-dark paints.

3. Winter Wonderland Celebration

New Years Eve party themes: Foiled New Years Invitation

Design: Tennie & Co.

Host a whimsical NYE party with a wintry theme for a truly memorable celebration. Make DIY snowflakes using craft paper and hang them alongside streamers throughout your space. You can also add glitter spray to turn regular party decorations into shimmering wonders. 

Serve themed appetizers like snowflake-shaped cinnamon bread, powdered doughnuts, and snowman-shaped cheeseballs. Don’t forget the hot chocolate bar and festive cocktails in blue and white hues — we love this snow globe cocktail idea

Let guests know much fun awaits with the Foiled New Year’s invitation. Customize the color palette and add details like a holiday song to excite guests for the big event.

4. Countdown Festivity

New Years Eve party themes: Bold Countdown Invitation

Design: Shari Margolin Design

Use this fun theme to eagerly anticipate the stroke of midnight. Invite guests with the Bold Countdown invitation, featuring bold numbers and three artist-curated color palettes. Then get to work setting up your event space with a glittering clock and number-themed decor.

5. Game Night Jamboree

New Years Eve party themes: High Stakes Invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

Celebrating New Year’s doesn’t mean you have to go out and get dressed up. Stay warm with a casual and festive game night. Pull out the classic board games or get competitive with video games. Set out the popcorn, order pizza, and sip on your favorite beverages while enjoying the company of your favorite people.

Want to make it fancy? Host a casino night for your colleagues or friends. Use a glittering invitation like the High Stakes design featuring glamorous gold and black hues. Set out casino tables with card games or rent a roulette table to take the fun up a notch.

6. Masquerade Party

Elegant Masquerade Invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

Add an air of mystery to your themed New Year’s Eve party by making it a masquerade ball. Host a masquerade party with a specific color scheme (holiday hues in green, red, and metallics, perhaps?), fabulous finger foods, and a mask-themed photo booth. Be sure to tell guests the dress code when sending your Elegant Masquerade invitation.

7. Pajama Party

Starry Pajama Party Invitation

Design: Kate Ross Design

Not making it to New York? No problem! Watch the ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of a cozy couch in your living room. Host a pajama party and invite your friends with the Starry Pajama Party design

For the best New Year’s Eve ever, plan a movie marathon with your favorite holiday classics. Set the scene for cozy vibes with monogrammed slippers and spa essentials like face masks. Pamper your guests with face sheet masks and send them home with party favors like lotions, candles, and bath bombs.

8. Bubbly Brunch

Bubbly Invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

New Year’s Eve parties aren’t limited to evenings. Host an early celebration — or one the morning after — with a champagne brunch for your loved ones. Serve mimosas with cranberry juice for a holiday season vibe and offer tasty breakfast treats like waffles, french toast, and omelets. Invite friends and family with a brunch-themed invite like this chic bubbly invitation.

9. Black and Gold Get-Together

Confetti Cheer Invitation

Design: Phrosne Ras

Ring in a glam New Year with a gold and black color scheme. Lay out black tablecloths and fill vases with gold-speckled branches. Add glittering balloons and gold decorations throughout the space. Help guests say “Happy New Year” with gold confetti poppers, sequin confetti, and sparklers. When you’re ready to invite your nearest and dearest, customize this Confetti Cheer design.

10. Fondue Fete

Glitter Bomb Invitation

Design: Laura Bolter Design

Want an intimate night in while celebrating the turn of the year? Host a fondue dinner for your New Year’s Eve celebration and invite guests with a colorful card like the Glitter Bomb invitation

Set a stunning table with a neutral tablecloth and glitter-encrusted centerpieces and candles. Add a fondue pot or two, set out square pieces of bread, and start simmering exquisite cheeses like Ementhaler, Gruyere, and smoked gouda. Don’t forget a splash of white wine or Kirsch for a traditional taste. End the evening with a chocolate fondue and dip in fresh fruit for a sweet dessert that matches the theme.

11. Disco Dance Party

Disco Ball Invitation

Design: 2birdstone

Kick off the New Year with a disco party that’s all about dancing and letting loose. Choose an invite like the Disco Ball invitation to set the stage and get folks excited for a special evening. 

Turn your living room into a dance floor or rent an event space for a larger celebration. Curate a playlist and set up a karaoke area if you want guests to belt out some tunes. With this New Year’s Eve party idea, guests are sure to have a great time.

12. Decade Party

In With The New Invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

Put a retro spin on your New Year’s Eve party theme with a fun decades party. Choose a decade to celebrate — like a 70s-style party, 80s theme party or 90s theme bash — and ask guests in your decade-themed invite to wear their best era-inspired attire.

13. Glam Dinner Party

Ring In Invitation

Design: Owl and Toad

Host a fancy get-together with a glittery dinner party. Use a formal invitation like this Ring In design and be sure to mention your dress code. Spend the evening enjoying the end of the holiday season and sharing New Year’s resolutions. When the clock strikes midnight, clink your glasses together and toast to a prosperous year ahead.

Out With the Old and In With the New

Bid adieu to the past year and ring in the opportunities of the year ahead with these New Year’s Eve party themes. From glamorous and formal to casual and fun, there’s a celebration style for every mood.

Choose a New Year’s invitation that matches your party theme and customize the design to put your mark on it. Once you’re ready, simply hit send to invite your guests via email and text.

Want more party ideas? Continue browsing our Stationers blog to find ways to celebrate the end of the year. You’ll find everything you need from greeting cards and well wishes to party themes and games.