New Year’s Eve is often considered one of the most festive occasions each holiday season. From glittering party decorations to sequin dresses, New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to get glammed-up and dress to the hilt (even if your plan is to stay at home for a quiet, cozy NYE celebration).
To help you add a bit of holiday sparkle to your New Year’s Eve this year, featured here are entertaining tips and an easy cocktail recipe that will make your at-home NYE celebration a stylish affair to remember.
NYE Entertaining Tips
From affordable, DIY decorations to a simple 3-ingredient cocktail recipe (that your guests will love), hosting a chic and elegant NYE celebration at-home is easier than you might think. Whether you’re just planning to relax by the fire with your significant other, or you’re inviting a few close friends over to join in on the festivities, these NYE entertaining tips will help you get prepared.
To start with, setting the stage for a festive and memorable NYE celebration begins with the decor. From fresh flowers to sparkling decorative accents, NYE would not be complete without these beautiful additions.
Metallics always add a glamorous, eye-catching element to any decor. A fun-filled NYE foil balloon (filled with helium), tethered by a coordinating metallic colored balloon weight, instantly makes it a party, even if it’s just a party for two.
Even if you live in a small house or apartment, you can easily set-up a bar cart or table display with your beverages. Champagne flutes (perched on dazzling, glittered coasters) set next to your beverages (on a stylish serving tray) enables your guests to serve themselves throughout the evening.
Behind the drinks, you can display a floral arrangement with large blooms (like these elegant white Lilies). An easy, inexpensive way to up the glam factor of your flower arrangement is to add metallic tinsel inside a clear glass vase. Make sure to put the flower stems into filled water tubes, rather than filling the vase with water (as this would drench the tinsel).
Another way to add a festive touch to your flower arrangement is to include a decorative floral stem (like the glittered snowflake featured above). This type of item can be found in the floral department of your local market (the one above was from Safeway), or at any craft store.
For an easy cocktail that would please your guests’ palettes, opt for some bubbly mixed with seasonal flavors. For this recipe, all you need are 3 basic ingredients: chilled Sparkling Wine or Champagne, Pomegranate Flavored Vodka, and Sparkling Pomegranate Juice.
In each glass, simply fill the glass half-way with Sparkling Wine (or Champagne), pour a shot glass of Vodka into the glass, and fill the balance with the Sparkling Pomegranate Juice. It’s that easy!
And if any of your guests aren’t interested in drinking an alcoholic beverage, just nix the booze, and serve them chilled Sparkling Pomegranate Juice instead.
To protect your table or bar cart, always use drink coasters (like the dazzling Kate Spade coasters above) underneath the glasses. Not only will this ensure that condensation won’t inadvertently hurt your furniture, it can also add a decorative touch to your display.
As you can see, hosting a stylish NYE celebration at-home is an easy, effortless way to ring in the New Year with the people you love. Even though you might be staying-in this year, it’s always worth your while to make NYE a special occasion by adding a bit of sparkle and a touch of glam to your celebration.
Cheers to a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
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