Well, everyone, it's almost time to call it a wrap on 2013—and I don't know about you, but I won't be ready to ring in the new year unless I can squeeze in one more little get-together. A New Year's Eve bash is the perfect way to say goodbye to the year we had and look forward to the one just around the bend, so don't let old acquaintance be forgot—decorate for the final soiree of 2013 and celebrate auld lang syne in style!
Your New Year's Color Palette
Before you start picking out your table linen, hors d'oeuvres and pointy party hats, you need a color palette perfect for the occasion. With every other major December holiday now behind us, put the red and green back in the Christmas closet—it isn't the right fit for New Year's Eve.
Looking for inspiration? Just look to times long past! Between the sparkle of glitter confetti and the bottles of bubbly just waiting to be popped, New Year's Eve is a holiday for glitz, glamour and timeless style. White, black with shades of silver and gold give your party a classic look, while shimmery fabrics and art deco table linen evoke a certain Gastby-esque vintage sophistication. The trick is to keep your color palette simple, but to make it pop with patterns, textures and plenty of sparkle.
Serving in Style
Mercifully, a New Year's Eve party starts strictly post-dinnertime, so you're off the hook as far as refreshments go—almost, anyway. Plan on your guests doing a lot of standing and mingling, so stick to light finger foods that you can pick up and munch on without needing a plate. Make things easier by setting up one or two refreshment stations adorned with eye-catching table linen and traditional accoutrements like balloons and streamers.
As for drinks, keep it simple and traditional by stocking up on champagne, and don't forget sparkling cider or grape juice for the designated drivers in the room. Set up a drink station with table linen that complements your hors d'oeuvre displays, as well as ice buckets and champagne flutes for the bubbly. Personally, I recommend plastic flutes with a permanent marker nearby, so your guests can mark their own and keep track throughout the night. (And have some OJ on hand for brunch mimosas the next day!)
Of course, New Year's Eve is an occasion for getting together with friends, celebrating the past year, and getting excited about everything yet to come—use these tips as a guideline, but don't hold back when making it your own! See you in 2014!