Thursday, December 27, 2012

Five, Four, Three, Two...FUN!

5 more days till New Year's Eve! Last night we went to a Christmas party where some of the guests had just returned from New York City, and one was leaving for NYC the next day, which got me thinking if setup for the big ball drop had started yet. Surprisingly not, but they did say the ball is hanging in Times Square. I'm determined to go to New York one year for the huge celebration, it's definitely a once in a lifetime experience I gotta have!

I don't know about you all, but I like to keep all the simple Christmas decor out till about mid-January since the holiday season isn't really over till then anyways (although most stores seem to think it's Valentine's Day after the 25th).

If you're planning on hosting a New Year's party but want to switch up your home decor for more SPARKLE without having to redo your entire house, here's a few tips on how to make that party a uniquely festive and cozy one to remember in the last hours of 2012.

First, I adore that rug! Sequins, cotton fabric, and rugged wool strands <3. It accents the glitter and sequin pillows so well, and is an easy fix to making your living room appear more festive! Don't have any sequin pillows? Follow the link for a DIY tutorial on how to make your own --- http://pinterest.com/pin/232990980693955641/ . All the sparkle, white floors and walls with the fireplace in the corner have the Christmas tree as a great contrasting element in the room. Keep that tree up!

Less is more. Focus on the small details of any dining-scape to really make it pop. Gold, black, white, and silver are the usual traditional colors for New Years, but don't forget your sparkling cider, wines, fruit punch, and all the food will add color to your tables! You can never go wrong with using different colored chargers underneath your plates either.

Because we all LOVE starfish and seashells! Put some glitter on them! Put them in a display bowl, on the tables, or hang them from the ceiling with clear fishing wire.

So this has to be my favorite New Year's Party invitation - EVER. The designs are by Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate, who does party inspiration stationery, invites, and more. Simple fancy gold typography writing on top of white paper. The invitation leaves room in the middle to tape in a small packet filled with confetti (you can buy it or make it yourself by hole punching glitter cardstock) to use when the clock strikes midnight!
Download the above New Year's Invitation set for FREE thanks to Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate! 
Just click the links below for the printable you want:



Great shells are like our favorite candy - enough said.

If you don't have a good set of champagne glasses - head to the store. Kinda a must-have on New Year's Eve when hosting a party. If you can find gold trimmed rims, even better. Keep it classy. Grab a few bottles of quality tasting champagne or sparkling cider and you're good to go.


Make sure to stay safe and drink responsibly ;) Have fun planning your parties for next week! Happy New Year's to you all.

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