I love these easy “clocks” to make for New Year’s Eve. Just acordian fold the paper as you would for an old-fashioned fan. Glue 4 of them together to make a complete circle. Make paper clock hands and glue them on. Stick-on numerals or ones you make complete the clock-striking-midnight look.
The countdown numbers are easy to make and stick into a slit you cut into wine corks. Very cute. I’d space them out along a buffet table or anywhere you are serving food. If you don’t have enough corks you can just make a “2012” display.
Another quick decor idea is to buy some black poster board. Cut and tape party hats from it–crowns, cones, whatever. Then use chalk of any color to decorate them with “2012” or “New Year,” or whatever. You might need to attach some ribbon, yarn, or string to tie the hats on. With leftover pieces of posterboards make signs of all shapes and sizes. Use chalk to write wishes for the new year to hang on the curtains or scatter on tables. To prevent the chalk from smudging spray lightly with hairspray.
Don’t overlook balloons for an adult party–buy them in your party colors at a party store. I like pearlized white and silver balloons hanging from the ceiling or stuck to the walls. To stick them to the walls, just rub them on a rug to build up static electricity. Then put them on the wall immediately. They will stay up for quite a few hours. If they start to come down the wall, just rub them on a carpet again as before. When you get to the midnight hour it’s time to take those balloons and toss them in the air!
Click here to link to PizzazErie for clock directions. They say to use a thin cardstock, but I think stiff paper is fine. You would probably need cardstock for the countdown numerals.