DIY New Year’s Photo Booth Picture Frame

DIY New Year's Photo Booth Picture Frame


New Year’s is almost here and that means many get togethers are to be had. That also means there will be a lot of photos taken. Set up a space specifically for themed photos by hanging a back drop on the wall for the background. You can find the gold fringe back drop here. Also, gather party props such as feather boas, hats, glasses and etc. I really like the photo booth picture frames. They really bring it all together and they are really easy to make. Watch the video below to learn how to make one for your New Year’s Eve party.

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DIY New Year’s Polka Dot Wine Glasses

diy polka dot wine glass

Learn how to make polka dot wine glasses for toasting in the new year!  These glasses are so easy to make and the gold rimmed wine glasses I got at Dollar Tree, so it’s super budget friendly as well.

diy polka dot wine glass

I can’t believe the year is almost over and what a wonderful year it has been!  Of course there has been some rough patches, but such is life.  I am extremely blessed to enjoy another year with my family and friends.

For New Years, my husband and I always have a low key evening with the kids.  We make finger foods, play games, enjoy each other company and toast the new year in.  The kids drink their kid friendly festive drinks, my husband with his beer and I enjoy a glass of wine.  Today I wanted to share with you these awesome polka dotted wine glasses I made just for that.  Note: If you prefer video tutorials, you can find one at bottom of post.

I picked up four gold rimmed wine glasses from my local Dollar tree for only a $1 a piece.  That is a great deal!  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them but I knew I wanted to turn them into a DIY.  I saw some super cute polka dotted champagne flutes in my local TJ Maxx and I knew I just had to try it with these.

diy polka dot wine glasses

From Hobby Lobby I purchased paint markers in both silver and gold color.  The brand is Tree House Studio and the package said they were permanent water and weather resistant.  Also, they would work on virtually any surface.  Since I’ve never used this brand before and my wine glasses were only a buck a piece, I wouldn’t be too upset if my project didn’t turn out as I envisioned.

I started this project off with washing the wine glasses in warm soapy water.  Then I took a cotton ball and wiped them down with rubbing alcohol.  I let them dry for about 15 minutes.

Next, I took my paint pens and I just put random polka dots on about half way up the bottom of the wine glass.  I didn’t put any on the stem.  Note: If you want to completely cover yours in polka dots then be sure to leave about 3/4″ around the rim. This is so your mouth doesn’t come in contact with the paint as paint isn’t safe for consumption.

diy polka dot wine glass

Lastly, I used Mod Podge Dishwasher-Safe Gloss Acrylic Sealer to seal my painted polka dots.  I used a sponge brush and I followed the package directions.  I painted on 3 thin coats of the Mod Podge over the polka dotted area and I let dry for an hour in between each coat.  You can skip this step if you want.  Since I wasn’t sure how well the paint would stand up to washing, I used the sealer. If you are very particular, you can use painters tape to tape the top part of your glass above the polka dots to make sure your sealer line is straight.  As for me, I just winged it.

This project was so easy to do and I think they turned out really cute.  We are going to use these on New Year’s Eve and toast the new year in with style!

diy polka dot wine glass


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Festive Kids Drinks

When there is a party or a holiday like New Year’s it’s really fun for kids to have their own kid friendly festive drinks. Here are a few kid friendly drinks that my kids drink around the holidays. They are sweet and delicious. These will be great for birthday parties, holidays and ringing in the new year!

Kids Festive Drinks

Kids Gummy Bear Champagne
Kids Gummy Bear Champagne

Chilled 7-up / Sprite or Lemon Lime Soda
Gummy Bears

Put gummy bears in a glass and fill glass with chilled 7-up.

Kids Gummy Champagne



Kids Shirley Temple DrinkModern Shirley Temple



Modern Shirley Temple

Grenadine Syrup
7-Up (or Gingerale, Sprite or Lemon Lime Soda)
Orange Juice
Maraschino Cherries

Place ice in a cup, put 1½ tablespoon of grenadine syrup in glass, pour orange juice in glass half way, pour 7-up the rest of the way, then place a cherry on top.

This is the modern shirley temple. If you prefer old styled shirley temples then you will just use gingeale along with grenadine syrup and a cherry on top.




kids cotton candy cocktailKids Cotton Candy Cocktail

Cotton Candy

Pour 7-up in the glass and top it off with cotton candy. This drink is super sweet and any kid will love it. The cotton candy dissolves quickly leaving a mixture of pretty colors.


Watch the festive drink video:


New Year’s Decorations and Bucket List

Wow, another year is almost over and gone! It has been a great year and I can only hope that 2017 will be just as good to my family and me. I really am so very blessed. Now that my kids are a bit older I have gotten a big urge to travel and visit different places. Sure I’ve traveled places but I would like to travel overseas and visit places like Greece, Scotland and France! I can’t say that will be on the agenda for the upcoming year but it is definitely on my bucket list.

Also, on my bucket list is to spend more time with my family and to make more “me” time. I work a lot. That isn’t such a bad thing but I do feel that it doesn’t leave enough time to focus on the “me” things. I have a day job and I run my own online shop and Etsy shop where I create birthday chalkboards and party supplies. I LOVE my shop and it is so very special to me having the opportunity to add a special touch to any party or event. I just actually need to stick to my shop hours and only work during them. Baby steps.

For those of you that are throwing a New Year’s party, I have put together a DIY video on YouTube on how to make several quick and easy decorations to help ring in the new year. Actually, they would go perfectly with any party theme because they are so versatile that you can make them in any color scheme that you want. The video includes directions on how to make a glitter circle banner, confetti poppers, confetti balloons and straw decorations. See below the photo of each of the items. Also below that you can find the video. I hope you enjoy!

If you watch the video and make any of the projects then I would love to see them. You can #simplydovie on Instagram or tweet me. Also, I would love if you left a comment letting me know which one  you made or liked best. Don’t forget to subscribe.

Until next time,
Dovie ♥