Party season is nearly upon us! While Christmas prep might be your main focus at the moment, New Year’s Eve follows swiftly on its heels so if you’d like to celebrate in style on December 31st, now’s the time to be thinking of ideas. If you’re hosting Christmas then the idea of planning another big bash shortly afterwards might fill you with dread, but the great thing about New Year’s Eve is that it doesn’t have to be quite the blow-out affair that Christmas often turns into. It is really about the simple pleasure of gathering friends and family, perhaps hooking up with those people you rarely get to see, and enjoying great company, a bit of music and a tipple or two. If you’ve exhausted yourself in the kitchen over the festive season, keep things simple with just drinks and nibbles – after all the excesses of Christmas, your guests won’t mind too much if you keep eats to just simple shop-bought canapés, posh crisps and a plate of mince pies. Alternatively, if you would like to host a bigger bash you could ask guests to bring a dish, a no-hassle way to provide something a bit more substantial without going to too much stress or expense.
2012 may have been a year of austerity and one of the worst summers on record, but it was also a year of jaw-droppingly good celebrations, from the Queen’s Jubilee to the London Olympics. As this amazing year draws to a close, why not add your own personal celebration to the memorable moments of 2012? If you’re daunted by the idea of hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home, don’t be – celebrating at home needn’t be stressful or expensive, and it’s a great way to enjoy quality time with friends. Throw in some posh nibbles, lots of bubbly and the perfect playlist and you’re pretty much there. But to make things just that extra bit special giving a little attention to your room décor and accessories adds some real fizz and sparkle to your evening.
Make it special
If there’s ever a night to push the boat out, NYE is it. Wear that knock-out party dress and your highest heels (and insist your guests come glam, too!) – just because you’re staying in doesn’t mean you can’t dress up. Our Ornate Swirl range provides gorgeous accents to compliment a glamorous dress code and features a sophisticated design in black, white and silver tones. Dress your home with a few well-placed balloons and hang our delicate crystal garlands around light fittings or along your stair rail. For a really pretty look, string a garland across your mantelpiece, our around a mirror. Add in a few tea lights which will reflect off the crystal, adding some extra shimmer to your room. With just a few simple techniques like these you can really transform your living space and give it an upmarket, sophisticated feel.
Adding in some fun
No NYE party should take itself too seriously. Your room décor may be sleek and stylish, but it’s important to inject a bit of fun if you don’t want your guests to congregate around the kitchen table. A karaoke machine will really get the party going – they seem to have an irresistible attraction, making even the most reserved party-goer shrug off their inhibitions. Take a look online for details of where to buy or rent a machine. Good old fashioned games – charades, for example – are good at breaking the ice, and a quick gathering in the garden for a mini firework display won’t fail to disappoint. Even grown-ups get silly where party poppers are involved, but you can do it in style – the Ornate Swirl range includes a pack of 10 party poppers, perfect for breaking out at midnight.
NYE is all about excess and embellishment so embrace it! Have fun giving everything on your party table a little twist – think champagne flutes topped with personalised name cards, cupcake towers studded with sparklers and silver or gold crystals liberally scattered around plates and glasses. Even if you’re food is straight from the freezer, and your fizz isn’t vintage, these little touches add some real magic to the proceedings. For the ultimate crowd-pleaser, we love the idea of wishing guests good luck for the coming year by sending them home with a lottery ticket, encased in one of our special ticket holders – an original parting gesture at the end of your fabulous night…