Posts Labeled ‘New Year’s Eve’

New Year’s Party Printables

Hosting a New Year’s Party? Some fabulous bloggers have created creative printables that you can use when decorating and preparing for your party. Thanks, Ellinee, The 36th Avenue, and My Fabuless Life!

 

Ellinee Paper Party Hats

The 36th Ave New Year's Printables

print from My Fabuless Life

Mix Up Your Champagne With Flavored Lollipops

Here’s a playful twist on flavoring champagne. While I love a good Kir Royale, these flavored lollipops allow you to stir in different flavors of choice. Using corn syrup and flavored extracts you can make lollipops in traditional circles or a fun shape like a heart or star.

Note that you’ll need to make sure that the lollipop stick is proportional to your glass. Here they use a stemless flute paired perfectly with a long stick. Other glasses might require different length sticks.

Martha Stewart's liqueur lollipops

 

Countdown to Hosting a Fabulous New Year’s Eve Party: Part Three – Details

Man, I cannot wait for Christmas! Just two days away now. It’s also my husband’s birthday so we have a lot to celebrate! When the 25th passes, however, we will be on to the next celebration: welcoming in the new year.

On the Rex & Regina blog the last couple of days we’ve been outlining the elements of one of the best ways to ring in the new year: hosting a cocktail and dessert party at your home. Part One focused on decadent desserts; Part Two on cocktails appropriate for the occasion.

Today, we’ll turn our attention to details for the party: decor, favors, and other flourishes to create an exceptional party for your guests.

Favors

Surprise your guests with a parting gift as they leave at the end of the evening. A 2010 calendar would be particularly fitting and I love this option from Paper Source:

Paper Source 2010 Mini Calendar

Paper Source 2010 Mini Calendar

Single-serve bubbly is another clever favor. Coppola Winery produces a Blanc de Blanc in an adorable can — yes, I said can — perfect for sipping. Pommery’s quarter bottles, POP, are another great option and each one comes with its own straw.

Package the bubbly in a fun bag or other container. Just make sure your guests save the favor for later and don’t sip and drive…

Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs

Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs

Pommery POP champagne

Pommery POP champagne

Decor

For New Year’s Eve I like to stick to one of two color palettes: greys and silvers or gold — each with touches of white or cream.

I love these glassware options which I think would be perfect for a New Year’s soiree:

starburst glasses from Haus Interior

starburst glasses from Haus Interior

Celebration flutes from Neiman Marcus

Celebration flutes from Neiman Marcus

Kim Seybert’s tabletop collections are some of my all-time favorites. I adore the gold trimmed napkins, though any of the gold linens below would be so festive:

A sampling from Kim Seybert's holiday collection

A sampling from Kim Seybert's holiday collection

Leontine Linens are stunning. Their Charles style would be beautiful monogrammed in a cocktail napkin size.

 Custom hemmed napkins in coffee linen with two-tone embroidered Charles monogram from Leontine Linens.

Custom hemmed napkins in coffee linen with two-tone embroidered Charles monogram from Leontine Linens.

Other Creative Touches

Play the Best of 2009 Game. Invite guests to vote for their top movie, book, song, TV show, or other pop culture category for 2009. Each guest should write one nomination in each category on a card and post it to a bulletin board. After all are posted each guest should receive small stickers (one for each category) to vote for their favorite, by applying the sticker to the card of their choice. Voting can take place throughout the evening with the top vote getters announced before midnight. The “owner” of the winning items can receive a prize.

You must, you absolutely must make sure that Auld Lang Syne plays at the stroke of midnight. You might even want to print out the lyrics in festive font on some heavy paper so all your guests can sing along.

Noisemakers are also a must. Check out eBay for vintage noisemakers which will not only be more interesting than current day models but will also make great conversation pieces. And there’s really nothing wrong with those standard silver foil horns, either. Like this one from Amazon:

silver foil horns

silver foil horns

Wishing you a very special New Year’s! Cheers!

Countdown to Hosting a Fabulous New Year’s Eve Party: Part One – Dessert

Holiday season is drawing to a close. Chances are your gifts are purchased, the house is decorated, and your menu is complete. So now its time to turn our attention to the next soiree of the season: New Year’s Eve.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at home is such a fashionably chic way to ring in 2010. I can think of no better way to kick off a brand new year than by extending gracious hospitality to close friends.

One of my favorite ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve is hosting a cocktail party featuring decadent desserts and delicious drinks. Often, dinner parties on New Year’s drag on a little too long (if you start at 7:00 p.m. with dinner, you have five hours to pass before the stroke of midnight). Starting a bit later and serving dessert and drinks seem just right.

Over the next few days, I’ll share some tips, ideas, and trends for hosting a chic, comfortable New Year’s Eve cocktail party. We’ll cover dessert recipes, drink ideas, decor, and other elements of a New Year’s party friends will be talking about for years to come.

Today we’ll start with some decadent desserts, the cornerstone of the menu:

Cheese platter — for those who may not have a sweet tooth, a cheese platter is a wonderful alternative. Compose your platter with a variety of tastes, textures, and types of cheeses. Include at least one blue, triple cream, and hard cow or sheep’s milk cheese. Locally, Balducci’s and Cowgirl Creamery are two great sources for cheese.

Chocolate candy assortment — Visit a local, artisanal chocolatier in your area and purchase a sampling of classic chocolates to serve on a small tiered platter. My new favorite source for such treats: The Sugar Cube in Alexandria, VA. They offer amazing chocolates by the pound; the hardest part will be choosing which ones to get!

Champagne gelatin with peaches and plums — This grown-up version of jello shots is sure to please.

Champagne gelatin with peaches and plums, via Martha Stewart Living

Champagne gelatin with peaches and plums, via Martha Stewart Living

Tiramisu Eggnog Trifle — maybe it’s the Italian girl in me, but I can never pass on tiramisu. And with a bit of eggnog, this twist on the Italian classic makes it all the more seasonal.

Tiramisu Eggnog Trifle

Tiramisu Eggnog Trifle

Stay tuned for the next installment of this series which will focus on noteworthy New Year’s cocktails.

A Bubble-icious Wedding Send Off!

I opened the latest issue of House Beautiful only to find the most wonderful tool for a wedding send off.

Restrictions at venues against rose petals or other tossing items lead many brides to invite their guests to blow bubbles for the send off at the end of the wedding. These fabulous wands from Clay Company would make not only a great tool for a bubble-filled send off, but would also be a nice gift for guests. The wands come in four different styles, but here at Rex & Regina we are biased toward the “crown” style!

While perfect for a wedding, the wands would also be great at a birthday celebration or a New Year’s Party.

Bubble wands from Clay Company

Bubble wands from Clay Company

Crown Bubble wand

Crown Bubble wand

Should the wands not do it for you, check out these adorable champagne bubble bottles from Beau-coup. They’d be great for a vineyard wedding.

champagne bubbles from Beau-coup

champagne bubbles from Beau-coup