new year's crowns

New Year’s traditions

For me, New Year’s celebrations tend to get lost amidst all the Christmas shuffle. It’s basically the week that I want to do nothing but lounge in jammies and stuff my face before all the goals messaging sets forth. However, I do love a good refresh and all the intention that comes with a clean slate. Here are some New Year’s traditions to think about along with some ideas from our readers. Feel free to leave us a comment with your own!

New Year’s Traditions

New Year's traditions

While New Year’s Eve always creeps up on me, I do love the idea of doing something to indicate the momentous occasion of a fresh new year. Here are some traditions to make New Year’s Eve and Day something to remember.

New Year’s Eve Crowns

new year's crowns

Whether you’re attending a party or celebrating from your sofa, one way to mark the occasion is with a paper crown. Paper crowns are typically found in a festive cracker or popper, but you can go straight to the festive crown with our printable New Year’s Eve crowns (see above) or make a DIY winter glam version (see below). We also have these astrological printable crowns as well as these super fun patterned crowns and these art deco inspired crowns.

Fun Fact: The paper crown tradition can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who wore festive headgear to celebrate Saturnalia, a festival that took place around the winter solstice.

star crown

New Year’s Crackers Poppers

Our friends in the UK love a good cracker (or popper? Verdict is out!). We love a DIY version too! We have these printable poppers that will do the trick!

New Year’s Eve Countdown

You can put on the Time Square Coutdown or you can make your own! I love this DIY countdown backdrop where guests can indicate what time it is using hands of a clock.

Countdown to Midnight Backdrop

New Year’s Table

A celebratory table is sure to ring in the season. Take a nod from our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade table, we did a Times Square version.

Rose Parade Table

I’m a big fan of the Rose Parade myself (even spent the night one year to get good seats!) so our Rose Parade Tablescape is a personal favorite. You could even let guests create their own that night!

Rose Parade Tablescape

Fireworks cake topper

One of my favorite cake toppers we’ve ever done is the fireworks display cake topper on a totally black cake. Isn’t it awesome! Here’s how to make it! We also have these sparklers cake topper idea.

Paper Firework Cake Topper

New Year’s Resolutions

Sometimes it’s nice to take a moment and reevaluate some goals for the year. In full transparency, I long to do this, but quiet times are more infrequent these days! Here’s a printable New Year’s Resolution page to get your juices flowing and to make it something beautiful to look at!

New Year’s Traditions

I asked for your New Year’s traditions on Instagram and here were some ideas:

  • New Year’s hike or massage
  • crab and a sweet with a coin baked in it
  • “My husband makes beignets and we watch the Rose parade”
  • “Organize/clean my house so that I won’t be totally embarrassed if someone asked for a tour”

I’d love to hear your traditions! Let me know in the comments! 

1 COMMENT

  1. My daughter was introduced to a greeting the new year tradition a few years ago – getting up early and going to the lake to watch the sunrise. She and her daughters enjoyed putting the focus on the new year – getting up early rather than staying up late. They plan to do it again this year.

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