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Holiday hacks for hosting a New Year’s Eve party

Many people will ring in 2016 by hosting fun parties in their homes. Abg2000/Dreamstime

Many people will ring in 2016 by hosting fun parties in their homes. 

The new year is fast approaching — and some people will be celebrating by hosting a party in their homes.

It is important to bedazzle with unique decor and plenty of treats to keep your party guests entertained and satiated as they count down to midnight.

But if you waited until the last minute to prepare, have no fear.

Here are some hacks that will ensure your New Year’s Eve celebration will go off without a hitch:

Appetizers

1. Parmesan toasted zucchini spears

Zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables on the market — the main reason these tasty delights should be incorporated into a New Year’s Eve celebration.

This guilt-free recipe from Balancing Cinderella is perfect for your vegetarian party guests.

2. Chickpea salad

Packed with fiber, protein and other key nutrients, the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern legumes can be used in a delicious salad that will certainly win over the harshest of food critics.

You can find a unique chickpea salad recipe here.

3. Candied nuts

As festive as they are addicting, candied nuts are super easy to prepare.

Keep these out on the coffee table for your guests to snack on. It is guaranteed they will come back for second and third handfuls.

Click here for a simple recipe.

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4. Guacamole dip

Chips and dip are a party staple.

Avocado, the base of guacamole dip, is loaded with plenty of healthy fats that keep you full and satisfied.

Add crackers or pita chips to go alongside this yummy dip.

5. Capicola canapés

The extremely underrated spicy Italian capicola ham makes its way into this delectable finger food.

Simply made with bread, fresh basil, cream cheese and sliced capicola, these canapés require little prep time.

Get the recipe here.

6. Baked macaroni and cheese

Take your friends and colleagues back to their childhoods with an appetizer or side dish that is sure to bring a smile to their face.

Singer Patti Labelle has put together a hearty baked macaroni and cheese recipe all house guests are bound to love.

Decoration tips:

Since Christmas decorations will likely still be up by the time the new year rolls around, adorning your home for the party at midnight doesn’t have to be a headache.

However, make sure you have these new year staples on display for partygoers:

1. Confetti:

Put that old Christmas wrapping paper and tissue paper to good use — tear it up neatly to make DIY confetti.

2. Balloons:

One could opt for plain colorful balloons or look to stores like Party City for more elegant designs.

For those who love DIY crafts, add sparkling glitter to the bottoms of balloons for a fancy touch.

3. DIY confetti poppers

Ring in 2016 with confetti poppers — made with old toilet paper rolls.

Use the bathroom necessity as well as yarn, glue, confetti and other materials to make super fun DIY confetti poppers.

See the video below to learn how.

4. Table centerpieces

Candles or flowers generally add a nice touch to the dinner table, but the artistic can put their creative minds to work for New Year’s Eve by designing their very own DIY wine bottle centerpiece.

As seen in this craft project, place string lights inside old wine bottles for a fun unique design to bring to the table.

5. Pipe cleaners and paint pens

There’s a reason why elementary schools use pipe cleaners for various arts and crafts activities — they come in so many different colors and are super malleable.

Manipulate pipe cleaners into different shapes and letters for cute New Year’s headbands and festive decorations to place all around your home.

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Another idea: use paint pens or markers to add intricate designs to glasses, cups and dishes. See below for ideas.

6. “Happy New Year!” banner

It is imperative that your guests know which holiday they are celebrating, so a “Happy New Year!” banner naturally is a must.

For an inexpensive DIY banner: simply print out each letter in the phrase “Happy New Year!” on one piece of paper. As seen here, hang with string and clothespins.

jszulman@nydailynews.com

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