Happy Holidays, Everyone! We’re less than a week away from New Year’s Eve, so I thought I’d share some photos from Mirror80’s latest shoot. I’ve put together a New Year’s party concept that is both low-maintenance and festive. It involves re-purposing metallic Christmas decorations and letting the bubbly speak for itself. If you’re wiped out from the holiday hoopla, consider keeping it simple yet stylish…
Above we see a pre-party shot of my dining room table, which holds a tropical holiday centerpiece (a DIY project that you can read about here). I kept the runner (a 2013 find from West Elm) and removed the candles to make room for a party spread featuring a range of delicious nibbles:
Folks, as far as I’m concerned, the Holidays run through at least January 1st, so don’t be in a hurry to dismantle your Christmas decorations. Let them add some sparkle to your New Year’s Eve…
The champagne will make it clear that you’re looking ahead to January instead of living in the past! I made these drink stirrers (inspired by this tutorial from A Subtle Revelry) simply by tying gold curly ribbon to bamboo skewers, which I cut in half to fit the champagne glasses:
The food is displayed on rectangular paper plates designed by Joy Cho for Target. I snagged them a few days after they made their debut in stores, and I believe they’re now sold out online (and likely in many stores as well). However, regardless of the pattern you choose, opting for rectangular plates in a festive style makes everyone forget that your tableware is disposable!
For this party, champagne takes center stage, and easy-to-prepare snacks are a close second:
I like to include both sweet and salty treats on my party table. Too much champagne and candy can be a little intense. Chocolate goodies are always high on the list, and I typically add a cheese-and-cracker appetizer to balance the spread. Goat cheese with some lemon, olive oil, sea salt and pepper is a consistent crowd-pleaser!
Keep it simple or dress it up–you decide! This year I’m a little bit drained from the holiday festivities, so the thought of making a huge grocery store trip and doing a boatload of dishes on New Year’s Eve isn’t that exciting to me. Inviting a couple of friends over to share a few tasty nibbles and good champagne seems like the best bet in my book, but if you’re itching to entertain in a big way, the sky is the limit! Dress this table up to include larger portions and a wide array of goodies!
Mirror80 wishes you and yours a fabulous, safe and Happy New Year!