Giant DIY New Year’s Eve Backdrop Letters


Check out these giant NYE letters and use them for your next party backdrop! Use our free letter template to help guide you and make this DIY even easier.

Every party needs a big “wow” type factor, and a cool backdrop is easy to make one of them when you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve Party. This backdrop was built for a family-style pajama party, but you can use it for any sort of New Year’s soiree. Just using the NYE letters makes this a quicker project, and will give your letters a clean, modern appearance to give you extra style points.



Foam core board (You can use whatever color foam core board you choose, depending on what the rest of your display looks like. The pajama party set was going for a white-on-white type look. Just make sure the foam core is clean!)
FREE PRINTABLE letter template


Step 1: After you download the FREE PRINTABLE LETTERS you’ll need to take it to a print shop or office supply store with a print center to have them print your template onto wide paper. Not to worry; this is really inexpensive and shouldn’t cost more than $3 or so. Well worth it for a really good guide for cutting out your letters!

Step 2: You can go about cutting out the letters a few ways. What I like to do is loosely cut around the letters and firmly tape the template to my foam core board where they maximize the use of the board. Or, you could trace the letters on after you have them cut out, or you could tape the whole big template straight onto your foam core.

Step 3: From here it’s pretty simple; you’re just going to cut out the letters. An exacto knife will work just fine, as there aren’t really any curves in NYE to worry with. But if you have one, a hot knife will make the cutting process infinitely easier.

Step 4: After your letters are cut, you can get fancy if you want! Cover them in flowers, tissue poufs, fringe, glue and glitter—lots of creative embellishments are possible. Or take the simple modernist approach and hang them up blank. Both are good choices!


More New Year’s Eve Treats:

New Year’s Gold Popcorn Tin from The Popcorn Factory

Joy of the Season Treats Gift from Cheryl’s

Classic Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn Tin from Harry & David

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Simple Champagne Glass Tiramisu


There’s few that can say no to tiramisu, and with a bit of added elegance to the presentation and a simple twist on the traditional recipe, this dessert will be your new go-to treat for all your future parties.

Your New Year’s Eve Party isn’t complete without a decadent dessert on plate and a champagne cocktail in hand. We’ve combined these 2 party must-haves for an elegant treat worthy of the countdown.

This is a quick and easy recipe for tiramisu using a marscapone substitute and a no-cook method.



  • 1 package lady fingers
  • Cocoa powder
  • For the cream filling:
  • 1 package cream cheese (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sour cream (full fat)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the coffee mixture:
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


Whip together the cream cheese, whipping cream and sour cream in a medium bowl until well combined. Blend in the 3 tablespoons sugar and vanilla extract.

Mix coffee, vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl.

Place small pieces of lady fingers in the bottom of each champagne flute. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the coffee mixture on top of the lady fingers. Layer in the cream mixture. Add in more lady fingers, coffee mixture, then cream in order ending with the cream at the top of your champagne glass. Sift cocoa powder onto the top of the cream to finish.

Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.

Makes: 4 flutes

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DIY Delicious Christmas Party Favors: Homemade Peppermint Schnapps

Do you like peppermint? Would you like a little vodka to go with that? Do you like spiking your hot chocolate? Do you like sharing good things with your friends? If the answer to one or all of these questions is a “yes,” then you’ve come to the right place.

Peppermint schnapps is a mint-flavored spirit that can be sipped on its own or mixed into winter cocktails. It’s great to have a bottle on hand to mix into cocktails, but my favorite thing to do with peppermint schnapps is to mix it into a hot chocolate. That drink will warm you up in all the right ways! Share the love by bottling little batches and giving them away as gifts or party favors.

By putting them in these cute little gift jars, they make for the perfect homemade party favors that everyone will love to take home. I set mine out alongside Peppermint Bark from Fannie May so that guests could grab a tasty bite on their way out. The holiday tin that the peppermint bark comes in so so adorable, it added to the party decor when set alongside our little homemade party gifts.



  • 3 cups of vodka (The better quality vodka you use, the more likely it is that the schnapps will be drinkable on its own. But I wouldn’t necessarily do the highest end vodka either. You are going to be mixing it with sugar and peppermint, so a mid-grade vodka will do.)
  • 1/2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water

To Package

  • Bottles (I used stainless steel lidded spice jars from World Market)
  • Labels (I kept it simple by printing the labels from Microsoft Word, and used Courier New font. )
  • Ribbon


  • Make a simple syrup by combining the water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Take it off the heat and let it cool.
  • Once cool, add the vodka to the simple syrup and stir.
  • Pour into bottles.
  • Makes: About 6

More Pepperminty Treats for the Holidays:

Holiday Joy Mint Meltaways from Fannie May

Nutcracker Peppermint Bark Bites from Cheryl’s

Peppermint Bark Christmas Cake from Harry & David

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How to: Set Up a Grown-Up Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar

When the weather gets cooler I automatically want to cozy up with a big cup of hot cocoa. This year we’re hosting a hot cocoa party that includes a hot chocolate bar complete with all the trimmings!

Setting up a hot cocoa bar is pretty easy and very yummy! Gather up your mugs (you could always encourage guests to bring their favorite holiday mug if you wanted), a few different flavors of hot cocoa mix like the Fannie May hot cocoa trio. Offer a variety of different toppings or add-ins you think your guest would enjoy.


Spice It Up

The delicious hot chocolate from Fannie May was the base of all our cups of cheer. For toppings we offered peppermint, marshmallows, caramels, chocolate, white and caramel chips. We created a “Spice It Up” printable to give our guests some ideas on how they could fancy up their cocoa. We displayed our Spice it Up printable it in an inexpensive frame that we sprayed gold.


Spike It

Hot cocoa keeps us warm, but if you’re still chilly add a splash of alcohol to your hot cocoa will really keep you toasty. We offered a “Spike It” station where adults could add things like peppermint vodka, cinnamon liqueur or amaretto to their hot cocoa.

For an extra sweet touch we tied our cup of cheer printables to our mugs.


Sweet Treats to Eat

I offered our guests pirouettes and Fannie May Mini Melt Aways to enjoy while sipping their cocoa and displayed them in my favorite Santa mug and plate set.

These little appetizers paired really well with our hot cocoa and gave guests something small to munch on while sipping their cocoa and chatting.


Table Decorations

Our hot cocoa bar needed some holiday décor. We didn’t want to make it too crowded or cluttered but we needed something to add to the festivities.

In keeping with our gold diy theme this year we spray painted mini trees with gold spray paint. We also decorated our hot cocoa bar with small nutcrackers that we picked up at the dollar store.

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Take Home Recipe Card Printables

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Mint Meltaway Martini

Peppermint is one of the iconic tastes of the holiday season. But when it’s mixed with smooth chocolate? Now, that’s just a match made in dessert heaven.

Chocolate and mint are no strangers to each other. In fact, we’ve devoted an entire roundup to how much we love the two dessert combos together. Mint chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate peppermint bars and of course, Fannie May Mint Meltaways. The candy treat is the perfect amount of rich chocolate and mint into one little bite. Can you stop at just one? Didn’t think so.

For the holidays, Fannie May released their own holiday version of the mint meltaway. The traditional green and brown candies are coated in white chocolate, and covered in red and green sprinkles. How cute are they? The tasty candy treat inspired me to put my mixology hat on (if you’re curious, my mixology hat is a bowler hat, although fedoras and newsboy caps are also acceptable), and got to mixing. The result is a smooth, creamy cocktail that’s as beautiful as it is delicious – just like the mint meltaway itself!


Although the holiday mint meltaway is white, I wanted to pay homage to the classic year-round meltaway, which is why I went for a green cocktail. I used white chocolate liqueur (which isn’t that easy to find, so you may have to check a few liquor stores), and green creme de menthe. The resulting color was a lot lighter (and more bluish?) than I was expecting, so feel free to add some green food coloring to get a more rich green color. The splash of half-and-half gave it more of a rich taste while diluting some of the booze.

This drink can be served at a Christmas cocktail party, or for dessert. Or if you are just looking for a delicious treat to whip up together while baking cookies or listening to Christmas carols! Be sure to keep the actual mint meltaways close by; they make the perfect cocktail garnish or in-between-sip treat.



  • 10 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • 10 ounces creme de menthe (I used the green version)
  • 4 ounces half-and-half
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Red and green sprinkles, for garnish
  • Fannie May Mint Meltaways, for garnish


Combine all of your ingredients into a big cocktail shaker with ice. Add green food coloring, if you’d like a more vibrant green color. Shake, shake, shake!

Pour the cocktail into 4 separate cocktail glasses or martini glasses. Top with whipped cream, sprinkles and Fannie May Mint Meltaways.

Makes: 4 cocktails

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Dads Like Dessert Too! 5 Twists on Dessert for Father’s Day

They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and what better way to sweet dad’s Father’s Day than with desserts?! Here are 4 of our favorite Fannie May desserts with a sweet twist.. and one surprise treat you can make at home to really wow dear old dad.

Upgraded Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Traditional chocolate covered strawberries may be mom’s favorite, but kick them up a notch with some seriously crunchy toppings and they become a treat even dad can’t resist.

Fannie May Artisan Chocolates

Dad has never experienced chocolates quite like the ones found in our artisan collection. Each piece of handcrafted chocolate found in this 12 piece assortment is a different flavor, each equally irresistible – from bourbon vanilla to lemonade.

Hot Fudge Truffles

There are few who can resist the allure of hot fudge.. that’s why we turned this fan favorite into truffle form with our Hot Fudge Truffles!

Coconut Spice Brittle

One of the hottest dessert trends is spicy & sweet, so we packed irresistible peanut brittle sweet coconut with a spicy kick.

Chocolate Covered Bacon


Last but not least.. something sweet & savory you can make on your own – Chocolate Covered Bacon! Make a batch for brunch or throw in a festive box for the perfect gift for a treat that’ll make other dads jealous!

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95th Anniversary Sweepstakes Rules

Fannie May is celebrating 95 years of creating hand crafted chocolates! In honor of this sweet milestone, join us for 95 days of chocolate giveaways! Read the official rules below, and enter the sweepstakes here.




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Fannie May Celebrates a Sweet Milestone: 95 Years

Did you know that the very first Fannie May Retail Store was opened in the year 1920 in Chicago? That makes 2015 Fannie May’s 95th anniversary! In honor of this sweet milestone, we’re celebrating by sharing some Fannie May fun facts.


The Origin of Fannie May

  • The founder of Fannie May, H. Teller Archibald, had an old-fashioned vision for the company from the start
  • The name, “Fannie May,” was chosen to give it that old-timey felling
  • The concept of the store was meant to take customers back to a time of small shops with a kindly chocolatier hand-dipping chocolate in the back.

The History of Fannie May

  • The first store was opened by H. Teller Archibald in 1920 at 11 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago
  • By 1935, there were nearly four dozen retail stores in Illinois and several neighboring states.
  • During WWII, while other companies chose to change their recipes when ingredients were scarce, Fannie May stuck with its exact recipes, making only what it could which often meant closing shops early because no more candy was available
  • In 1991, Fannie May began offering sugar-free candy
  • In 1992, Fannie May introduced their elegant truffle line

Fannie May’s Most Well-Known Candy: The Pixie

  • The Pixie was created in 1946, just after WWII
  • Pixies are smooth, buttery caramel over fresh, crunchy pecans, covered in a rich milk chocolate.
  • During the holidays, the milk chocolate Pixies receive a festive makeover with festive red & green stripes.

Looking for more classic Fannie May Fun? Check out the limited-edition collection of 95th Anniversary products for a taste back in time.

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Patriotic Party Idea: Set up a Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Bar

The time of summer celebrations is upon us! Whether you’re celebrating Memorial Day or 4th of July, give a nod to red, white and blue with a patriotic dessert spread. The party pros at Celebrations shared this must-try idea for a Patriotic Ice Cream bar that is not only festive and fun, but also very easy to set-up. Watch the video below and get the full idea at

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Upgrade Your Spring Party with Pastels

Looking for the perfect color palette for your spring party? How about pastels?! This stunning yet subdued palette is on-trend and simple to recreate. In fact, we love this color theme so much that we released special pastel Mint Meltaways to celebrate! Our friends at share some simple ways to add a pop of pastel to your next spring soiree. Watch the video below and get the full ideas here.

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