WOW! Christmas is over, and already, New Year’s is upon us! It is a whirlwind every year, it seems! If you are wiped out from all of the December festivities and looking for some quick and economical ways to pull off a New Year’s celebration, fear not! New Year’s is a holiday that can encompass entertaining and decorating ideas of diverse magnitudes.
The simplest idea for decorating your table for New Year’s is to incorporate Christmas items already on display, or at least items already own. There is no need to purchase additional New Year’s decorations, when it is simple to re-style things you already have. Not only is this approach economical, but it saves time!
The photo below shows a chair tied with an elegant ribbon adorned with a single silver ball. This presentation could be carried over from Christmas, or it could easily be incorporated for New Year’s.
Photo from Better Homes & Gardens.A small silver Christmas tree suddenly becomes a New Year’s decoration by adding jewel-toned ornaments and noise makers, along with a top hat tree-topper! Easy transition!
Photo from Better Homes & GardensThe combination of mirrored balls leftover from Christmas and sparkling, year-round glassware offers a simple and cost-effective solution for decorating a New Year’s table.
Photo from Better Homes & GardensBelow is a creative idea for incorporating your Christmas chair wraps into your New Year’s decor. The miniature top hats are attached to the back of the fabric and stuffed with festive party favors for guests.
Photo from Better Homes & GardensHere is a photo of the entire display. The fur throws are an elegant choice for jazzing up this New Year’s table.
Adding the numbers one through ten to your champagne flutes – as a reminder of the final seconds before the arrival of a New Year – is a fun and easy way to incorporate the theme. Once the party is over, the flutes can be returned to their original condition by simply peeling off the numbered stickers.
From Better Homes & GardensUsing items that you already own, such as these clocks (pictured below), is a fabulous way to add customized whimsy to your New Year’s decor. This creative display is representative of the countdown to the approaching New Year!
Photo from Martha StewartAnother new New Year’s party hosting idea is to serve a fabulous champagne cocktail to your guests, rather than straight champagne. It will create a beautiful and impressive display and will also cut down on the amount of alcohol in each cocktail. For guests who will be driving themselves home, this option is likely a wise one. In addition, as you will learn on the video link below (with Sandra Lee), champagne cocktails taste better when they are mixed with less “pricey” champagnes that compete with the flavor of the fruit juices. In other words, an added bonus of serving champagne punch is that it is a more cost-effective option.
Here are a couple of drink recipes you may want to try:
Understated, yet elegant… and tasty!Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
(From Better Homes & Gardens)
- 1 ounce chilled pomegranate juice or chilled cranberry juice (2 tablespoons)
- 3 ounces chilled champagne (6 tablespoons)
- Pour the pomegranate juice into a champagne flute. Slowly add champagne. Serve immediately.
- Makes 1 serving.
Sparkling Sangria Cocktail
- 1 large English cucumber, thinly bias-sliced (3-1/2 cups)
- 1 4- to 6-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 6 large radishes, thinly sliced (1 cup)
- 1 cup grapefruit juice
- 1 750-ml. bottle brut (dry) champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
In a large pitcher combine cucumber, ginger, and radishes. Add grapefruit juice. Cover; chill for 2 to 24 hours. To serve, add ice cubes to pitcher. Add champagne and stir gently. Makes 6 servings.
Twinkling Ginger Champagne Punch
- /4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light-color corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 Tbsp. finely snipped crystallized ginger
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1 750-milliliter bottle champagne, chilled
1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and candied ginger. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vodka; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight. Strain the vodka mixture to remove the candied ginger; discard ginger.
2. Pour vodka mixture into a large bowl. Slowly pour the champagne down side of bowl; stir gently with an up-and-down motion to mix.
3. To serve, ladle punch mixture into champagne glasses or punch cups. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.
And the BIGGEST thought to remember about hosting and decorating for your New Year’s party is that people are ready to celebrate! So, relax and enjoy the party! Pat yourself on the back for having made it through another busy, hectic year, and toast to the upcoming adventures of 2011!
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!
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