Time to celebrate, come on! For me I'm double celebrating my son's birthday and New Year's Eve. He will always have fireworks on his birthday! I was delighted that I got to chat with Laura Rogers today on WBKO and here are a few things that we mentioned:
The first easy thing you can do is set up a photo booth. That has been a trend for a while and I don't see it leaving us anytime soon. Simply hang a roll of fun wrapping paper on the wall and you have a beautiful backdrop. Then use party hats that you can pick up at any party store or print out your own fun props. Here is a great link to I Heart Naptime with all personalized props (she has updated glasses for 2015!).
Set the menu that you want to serve a few days to a week earlier. Once you have everything in mind go ahead and set out all the serving dishes and utensils. I put a post it note on each dish with whatever it is going to hold. That way on the day I already have the layout of my table or bar area designed and know what dishes I'm using. If you are having individual place settings do the same a few days before.
This year I'm going with an all metallic theme. Gold/Black or Silver/Black is usually what comes to mind for New Year's Eve so I'm just going to mix in a few more to come up with my palette. Think bronze, goldenrod, rusty pink. Don't limit yourself to the usual, if you love a certain color just mix it in with neutrals.
For my centerpiece, I picked up some number picks and metallic ornaments from Hobby Lobby (66% off all Christmas!!) and stuck them into some green floral foam. I had a piece of fabric that I thought went well and simply covered the foam. No cutting special pieces or glue, just a few straight pins to hold it in. I also glittered some champagne bottles to give them more of a festive look and to carry my glitter to my bar area.
Here are the printed items I showed Laura. A New Year's sign, a simple invite to give last minute friends, a resolution card for everyone and small metallic circles that you can punch and use as drink tags. Enjoy and share any pictures!!