Believe it or not, 2014 is here! So break out the champagne and party dresses and visit the party supply store to buy those classic (and slightly ridiculous) New Year hats and kazoos.
Hopefully you had a great holiday season, have recharged your batteries, and are ready to party like it’s 1999 – well, 2014, that is. If you’re planning on throwing a New Year’s Eve party this year, we’ve got some ways to make your soiree stand out from the rest, all made possible by an unlikely source – a photo scanning service.
By placing all of your photos at your fingertips, they’re ready to display, edit and utilize in ways at your New Year’s Eve party that will help you and your guests reflect on the past year and look forward to the next.
5 Ways a Photo Scanning Service Can Help You Throw a Great New Year’s Eve Party
#1: Be Our Guest – Party Invitations
Party invitations help set the tone for parties, so set yours apart from other party invitations by doing something a little unique.
Create DIY photograph invitations as seen in this tutorial. This DIY-er used the free software Gimp. In this video, the crafter guides you through the project from start to finish. Though she uses Gimp, you could make invitations using any combination of photo editing software, including free programs like Microsoft Word or Word Perfect, and of course, a photo scanning service.
Print the invitations yourself, send the completed invitation file off for printing to an office supply store or retailer like Wal-Greens as seen in the above tutorial, or email invitations out to your guests.
There are also websites offering customizable card and invitation templates allowing you to upload a photo and either print the completed version yourself or order print invitations.
Consider using a photo from a past New Year’s Eve party, making a collage of past party photos, or utilize photos from years ago received from a photo scanning service - complete with huge perms and poofy dresses, of course.
#2: This is What the Future Looks Like – Photo Party Decorations
Poke around our blog and you’ll find a lot of great DIY décor ideas, including home and holiday décor which could easily be spun into appropriate DIY New Year’s Eve party decorations. Consider these, for example:
Photo Coasters - A must for any party, especially New Year’s Eve parties when glasses of champagne are running over. Placing photo coasters all over gives guests something interesting to see at every turn. It may also help ensure guests don’t accidentally miss coasters, leaving you with permanent rings on your tables long after ringing in the New Year!
Photograph Table Runner – Another great place to showcase digitized photos of past years by using a photo scanning service! No matter how wonderful of a meal you lay out, it’s bound to be upstaged by a photo table runner, but entirely worth it. To make it especially New Year’s Eve appropriate, make a “Timeline Table Runner” so guests work from January of last year right through to the present; or use one photo for each year from the last five to ten years. Talk about great food presentation!
Photo Placemats - If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner, these are perfect extra party photo pinache. Additionally, you could ask each guest beforehand to send one favorite photo from the past year, creating personalized placemats for each guest. Personalized placemats can also serve as placeholders – as well as guaranteed conversation starters!
Photo Plates and Cups - An obvious party essential that will keep guests chatting all evening. Like other New Year’s Eve party decorations, and perfect for appetizer plates or dinner plates, you can stick with just one photo as seen in this tutorial, or you could create a “collage” of photos via different photos on different plates. The same method can easily be used for glasses as well, but works best on ceramic mugs – perhaps needed if someone needs coffee to stay awake for midnight! (Bonus – use plates or mugs as party favors!)
#3: Courtesy of the Host - Party Favors
Give your guests some memorable photo scanning gifts they can hold onto throughout 2014 – as well as remind them as to why your parties are the best and why they’ll be RSVP-ing early next year!
DVD Slide Shows - Possibilities are endless when it comes to creating photo slideshows since creating DVD movie slideshows allow for texts, graphics, and even music. Gather your old photos and slides as well as photos from guests to create a DVD slideshow highlighting the past year or years to see how far you've all come. The end result is a collection of moving memories you and your guests can enjoy at the party (perhaps right before the countdown begins, prompting everyone to break into Auld Lang Syne.) Send each guest a copy for a cherished party favor unlike any other.
Keychain Photos – Perhaps one of the easiest yet practical party favors, this is a perfect New Year’s Eve party favor. Use any image you want, and as seen in this tutorial, it can have two sides – one with a photo, and another side with an inspiring message wishing guests success in the New Year.
Disposable Cameras - New Year’s Eve is a nostalgic time, so get especially nostalgic by giving guests “old-fashioned” disposable cameras for them to use throughout the evening, capturing the last night of 2013. At the end of the night, gather the cameras, develop the photos, and send the photos to a photo scanning service. Next, create a DVD movie slideshow and send copies to guests, and/or upload all pictures to an online scrapbook or other online photo sharing site. Guests could also choose their favorite photos which you could print and send them, or create and send printed photo books or albums with their favorite photos.
Have a happy and memorable New Year!