When I think of New Year’s Eve celebrations, images of sparkle, fun, and all-around excitement immediately dance in my head. So when Michelle Sparkling Wines asked me to dream up a NYE Inspired Bubbly Station for them, those are the exact qualities I wanted to infuse into the design!
Armed with craft supplies, a few holiday accents, and a whole LOT of glitter, I set out to create a drink station that felt like a party all on its own. The goal was a look that was stylish, glam, and anything but stuffy. I also wanted the bubbly station to hint at a New Year’s Eve theme, but also provide usable inspiration for other occasions, like winter wonderland parties and seasonal bridal showers (wouldn’t this same look be cute with pink accents & Brut Rosé?!), so the DIY clock element features a versatile “TIME to celebrate!” message instead of the traditional “countdown” verbiage that you typically see.
I hope you like how this bubbly station turned out, because you’ll find all the how-to details below, in case you want to bring something similar to life at your own celebration… whether it’s just an idea or two, or the whole sparkly shebang! P.S. There are some free printables awaiting you below too. Enjoy! :)
SPECIAL DETAILS to look out for:
– DIY Clock accent with sparkly numbers + printable “time to celebrate” banners
– Flag drink stirrers made from glittery ribbon + blinged-out champagne flutes
– Crystal decanters decked out with craft rhinestones & printable labels
– Free-standing “mini backdrop” reminiscent of floating bubbles
Sweet & Sparkly Bubbly Station – The Creative Details
THE INSPIRATION BOARD
For any detailed styling project or event, I pretty much always start by designing an inspiration board in Photoshop. It helps me visualize the big picture and focus my thoughts. Here’s the board I came up with for this one:
P.S. We actually did the cotton candy stir stick thing pictured above too…. more on that coming up in a separate post! ;)
The centerpiece took a little time to put together, but I really wanted it to make a big splash, and the extra effort was worth it. The steps aren’t difficult by any means, but they can get a little messy, which is pretty much always the case when it comes to glitter.
I started by covering the wooden letters, dowel rods, and crates with metallic gold and silver spray paint. Once dry, I filled the crates with craft foam and used silver wrapping paper to cover the front gaps in the crate where the foam showed through. Next up: glittering the letters. I always use spray adhesive then dump the glitter over them. It’s messy but fast – and fast is always a bonus for me. Then one coat of clear sealant + hot gluing the letters to the dowel rods. I slightly angled the letters to give them a more playful feel.
Last but not least was the easy part: inserting the rods into the foam-filled crates and using a holiday tinsel garland to cover up the foam. I also tossed in some sparkly sytrofoam craft balls and ball ornaments to help play up the “bubble” effect.