Tips for Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party at Home

There always seems to be a certain amount of pressure surrounding New Year’s Eve. Everyone thinks they need to have an epic and memorable night no matter what they must endure to achieve it. First, you feel forced to make plans to go to bars that make you buy expensive tickets for what amounts to a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Depending on where you go, you may need a hotel to stay at, and having to find a taxi or ride share on New Year’s Eve is a nightmare.

Knowing all that, it’s better to invite some friends for a few drinks at your house and avoid all that hassle completely. Put some of our tips for hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home into practice.

Create a Theme

If you expect to host a large group, get everyone in the mood by setting up a theme in advance. It can be black tie or more relaxed with wigs and sunglasses. Themes get people excited because it makes them plan in advance and think about the night. For a black-tie theme, get classy with champagne glasses and flutes. If you want a more relaxed vibe, our balloons offer the best way to ring in the new year with a balloon drop.

Provide Activities

Drinks and great conversation are enough entertainment for some, but that’s not true for everyone. Have some fun games available to play, like board games or cards, for people that want activity. You don’t to make people wait for something to happen, so give it to them.

Get Festive

On New Year’s Eve, accessories like multi-colored streamers, hats, glitter tiaras, and noise makers are always fun and wanted. Get everyone ready for the countdown by handing out beaded necklaces, confetti party poppers, and LED glasses. Take a picture of the group with their party gear on at midnight. If you need some supplies, we have a huge inventory of every kind of party favor.

Plan the Music

The soundtrack playing in the background is important to your party’s success. Having the right mix of high energy music, classic hits, and current favorites will keep the party going all night. Everyone has different tastes in music, so throw in a little bit of everything. If that’s too much pressure, find a playlist on a streaming service and let it play all night.

Set the Ambiance

Since it gets so dark so early, set the mood with some soft lighting. If you have a fireplace, get that going to make the room feel cozy. Just make sure you don’t make it too dark; people might get sleepy and cash in early. Keep the kitchen well-lit, though, so you can see what you’re doing when prepping drinks and food.

Dia De Los Muertos

Getting ready to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos? Amols’ is your one stop shop for lavishing your ofrendas beautifully and authentically.

 

During Day of the Dead, it is your families’ distinct honor to celebrate your loved ones that have passed! Most people associate this holiday with mourning for the dead, however, it is the exact opposite. The Day of the Dead holiday is a true celebration of life. In ancient times it was thought to be disrespectful to mourn for those who have passed away, which led to this annual celebration of life.  

Tea Light Holders and Picture HoldersOne of the most iconic traditions of the holiday is the creation of unique and welcoming ofrendas. At Amols’ we have many authentic ways to design your family altars as well as your homes or offices! Our favorite items for the ofrendas are the Tea Light Sugar Skull Holders for pictures or candles. These items are beautifully made and extremely festive! We recommend these hand painted sugar skulls to help keep your altar space from being too crowded while they hold your pictures or your candles.

 

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Marigolds are a must for Dia De los Muertos as well! It is said that the scent from the flowers will draw the deceased back to their homes.  Our classic paper marigolds provide an authentic and lasting look for decorating your loved ones’ grave and your ofrenda. The Marigolds come in many colors to create  a vibrant display of love to welcome home the deceased.

Our favorite decorations for Dia de los Muertos would have to be the Paper Mache Skeletons and mini Catrina’s. These items are handcrafted in Mexico! The beautiful dolls create a  perfect authentic look for this holiday. We have many to choose from and each one unique in their own way. In addition to the dolls, our paper mache skulls are a wonderful choice for decorating as well.

 

Most people dress up for this occasion and we have many masks to help design your wardrobe for the celebration. These day of the dead masks encourage you to reunite with your loved ones while looking beautiful as you do it. If you’re in a profession where face painting is not an option, the masks allow you to celebrate and still be professional! Some people’s skin does not react well with the paint either, making the masks a perfect alternative. 

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Dia de los Muertos is a time of the year for remembering. Here at Amols’,  we have everything you need to prepare your altars or homes. Skip the stress of going to several stores to find what you need; we have it all!

Fun Halloween Parties

Here at Amols’ we love Halloween. There’s something for everyone: trick-or-treating for the young, costume parties for the fun-loving, and haunted houses for the faint at heart. And we’ve got party supplies for just about every Halloween event… including the truly spooky ones.

Stay safe this year during halloween! We have these great light up necklaces, skulls and pumpkins, to place on your kiddos or yourself for easy recognition when it comes to trick or treating in the dark. Want to freak out your guests at your party? Turning your house into the creepiest one on the block? We can help. If you’re going with a kid friendly  theme, our new featured product is an absolute must! This half skeleton mask and skeleton party sleeves allows you to look freaky but not be too scary for the kids. But if you’re looking for terrifying jumbo props, Hang our Grim Reaper Wall props around the house and watch as everyone shrieks at the lurking visitor.

For a memorable yet creepy game to play, cover a wall with this Pin the Ball on the Zombie. Add some ghost props, play some spooky background music, recruit someone to scream intermittently… the possibilities are endless.

If your friends are brave enough for a kid friendly yet scary party, we’ve got you covered with the best supplies. Just don’t forget to reward them for their courage — deviled egg eyeballs and witch finger cookies are necessities as well.

Happy spooking!

Let’s Have Some Fun! #amols on Instagram

Let’s have some fun!

At Amols’ we’re all about fun, and we love to see our customers having fun with Amols’. Share your party photos having fun with Amols’ products on Instagram with the hashtag #amols for a chance to win a $100, $50 or $25 on either a VISA card or for store credit. Decorated, create, share your fun. Limit of 2 entries per customer. 3 winning photos will be selected at the end of each calendar month through 2018.

Our customers always come up with awesome ideas, and we’ll be sure to share them with you on our Pinterest Boards, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Day of the Dead Alters

During the annual Día de los Muertos festivities, people create elaborate altars to honor their loved ones who have passed. These unique altars are an iconic part of Day of the Dead. Take a look at a few of our favorite ways to put together an authentic altar on your own.

Marigolds are ubiquitous during Día de los Muertos, and are usually found on the altars. These flowers are the symbol of death, but they’re not as depressing as they sound. Rather, their scent is meant to draw the deceased back to their homes. As such, some people even leave a trail of marigolds from their houses to the graves of their loved ones. For your altar, purchase some real marigolds from your florist, or decorate with classic Mexican paper flowers.

Of course, you don’t need us to tell you that sugar skulls are a must-have for an authentic altar. We have tons of great skull decorations, but we’d definitely recommend our Tea Light Holders. Candles are an important part of Dia de los Muertos, and we love placing them in these decorated sugar skulls. They create a wonderfully festive look when you light the candles.

To complete the look, include photos of the deceased who you’re honoring — obviously an important part of the altar.

Whether you’re teaching a class about this tradition, or celebrating it yourself for the first time, you’ll be able to put together a wonderful altar with these tips. ¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

Make it a Safe Halloween

We have tons of tips on how to make Halloween more fun than ever, but it’s also important to remember to stay safe during the festivities. With trick-or-treating and parties galore, we always recommend passing out light up party favors and accessories, so kids and parents can stay safe in the dark. Check out a few of our favorites for Halloween.

Our Flashing Fangs are an absolute must-have for any celebration. They make a terrific costume accessory, and once they’re switched on, produce a flashing, multicolor light show. Batteries are included, so you can go ahead and pass them out to each of your guests for an easy and totally festive party favor.

We’re also loving our new Glow Lights! Kids will love taking these festive accessories as they go trick-or-treating. No matter the costume, this is the perfect accessory for Halloween.

Be sure to check out the rest of our glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces and more. Not only are these all an easy way to keep an eye on everyone once the sun goes down, but they also make fantastic party favors. Make this Halloween a stylish and safe one!

Breast Cancer Awareness

Whenever we reminisce about the month of October, the first things that come to mind are spooks, scares, and sweets. However, more and more people around the country are discovering that October has more to offer than pumpkin spice lattes. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has become a national spectacle that lasts throughout the month of October, encouraging awareness of the disease to provide the funds and education for women and men alike in hopes of reducing their risk of cancer. We at Amols’ understand the importance of this cause, and we’ve got great new products for you and your devotees to help show your support.

Whether you’re hosting a fundraiser or marathon, we’ve got you covered. Create a wonderful and ultra-pink booth with our collection of Pink Ribbon decorations. We definitely recommend that our Pink Ribbon Banner be a part of your booth. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, you can drape this cute banner across your booth for a festive and easy look. Go that extra mile for fabulous by including these always stylish Pink Ribbon Tissue Fan Bursts, and don’t forget to stock up on Pink Ribbon Pins! With the way you’ll be decorating your space, you’ll need plenty to satisfy a crowd.

We think one of the best ways to show your pride for something this important is by dressing for success. So now that your event space is sporting that famous pink, it’s your turn! We offer fantastic accessories like Breast Cancer Awareness Buttons and Pink Ribbon Lanyards perfect for displaying your support. At the end of the day, thank those who donated and other fellow supporters by handing out fun Breast Cancer Awareness favors. Our favorites include Breast Cancer Rubber Bracelets and kid-friendly Pink Ribbon Jewel Tattoos. Wrap in pink tissue paper or tie with pink curling ribbon for the final touch.

With October already upon us, we hope these decorating tips will help you put together the perfect pink ribbon inspired event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Share the love – tag us in your event photos on Instagram with @amolsfiesta!

Papel Picados for the Holidays

If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re obsessed with papel picado. These hand-cut Mexican banners are wonderful for Fiesta celebrations, but we love them so much we make sure to incorporate them into every holiday. We have each design custom made in Mexico, so we’re always dreaming up new ideas for different occasions. And if we may say so ourselves, the Christmas picado banners are pretty spectacular.

The metallic versions of our papel picado are all fantastic, but we think this finish is especially perfect for Christmas. It’s a great way to add a little extra shimmer and cheer to your festivities. We love hanging these banners up for a great party decoration, or just stringing them up to decorate your house during the holidays. Your guests and neighbors will love this unexpected touch.

If you want to go even more unique, you can’t go wrong with our Feliz Navidad picado. After all, papel picado is a classic Mexican tradition, so it makes sense to wish everyone a merry Christmas in Spanish. Especially here in south Texas, we love adding these banners to our more traditional Christmas decorations.

No matter what you’re decorating for the holiday season, our seasonal papel picado is a must-have. Switch up your decor a bit this Christmas!

Treats for Your New Year’s

We have some fabulous New Year’s party supplies, but there are a few more ways you can make this year’s celebration a hit. Food and drinks, of course, are ones we love to discuss. So this one goes out to all the foodies out there – we know that a truly great party is nothing without the perfect treats!

First things first, you’ve got to come up with some scrumptious appetizers to satisfy your guests while they wait for midnight. We suggest having a mix of sweet and savory treats. This way, there’s enough variety for those with salty palettes and those with a sweet tooth! For savory, we found that these Herbed Mini Caprese Skewers were not only tasty, but super easy to make. For sweet, these Champagne Cake Balls with a champagne undertone are sure to disappear before you know it! These appetizers are finger-lickin’ good without having to go full-meal for the crowd, and we couldn’t ask for more.

Of course, then there’s the actual champagne. While it’s already a hit on its own, we’ve seen some great ideas for jazzing it up. Take this Peach Bellini, for example – light and refreshing, this drink is perfect to make for larger parties. Combine frozen peaches, peach schnapps, champagne, and ice in a blender and blend until smooth. What could be easier than that? This is everything you’ve ever wanted in a champagne drink and more.

Now if you’re celebrating the countdown at home with family, it’s always important that the kids can participate in the fun too. While toasting to midnight on New Year’s Eve is often associated with bottles and flutes of champagne (like that Peach Bellini!), it is actually a popular tradition in Spain to ring in the new year with a skewer of twelve grapes, one for each month of the year. Adopt this tradition with your family for a kid-friendly and sweet New Year’s Eve treat!

We could keep going, but it’s probably easiest to just link you to our personal Pinterest board. We hope your New Year’s party is a huge success!

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