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A Sparkling New Years Eve 2018

Happy New Year and a Huge Welcome to 2018 Friends!

Yes, I know this is the 5th, but to be honest, Brandon and I are still mostly in recovery mode from the Roaring 1920’s themed New Year’s Eve party we threw. Considering all the personal blessings we have had this year and the many happy happenings going on in our friend circles, we thought it would be fun to put a 1920’s or Gatsby twist on our NYE celebrations and go big to ring in the new year. I really enjoyed prepping and setting up for this party, which had a fair amount of  DIY elements, with my lady friends. So much so that I thought I would share some of the details with y’all.

Setting the Scene

We have an open concept living space and I wanted to create a kind of backdrop that would hide my stove and sink. In comes Pinterest, my favorite DIY inspiring resource, and I find a similar backdrop to the one I created above. I decided to make the backdrop out of white foam board and used glitter black and gold spray paint as the base and metallic silver and gold tape to mimic a border on a 1920’s themed party sign I purchased at Party City. I then foam taped the boards together and placed it over our island along with some art deco table cloths, gold table fringe and voila! Art Deco look achieved.

Balloons and a table of midnight toasting supplies, i.e. hats, crowns, horns, cigars (both real and chocolate for the non-smokers) and of course a champagne tower, made up the rest of my décor. We also thought it would be a great idea to rent a photo booth and were not disappointed (if you are in Houston, we highly recommend Light it Up photo booth). We decided since the party would go late, and we encouraged everyone to bring their favorite bubbly, that snacks were a must. Bring in the Chick-fil-a!

That Toast Though…

The night progressed with much revelry and we managed to pour a champagne tower just in time for toasting at midnight. (Side note, if you want to do this at some point, I recommend looking at the online reviews of the plastic champagne cups you are considering purchasing to see if others have been successful. Also a test run doesn’t hurt). Our toast was followed by a group rendition of “The Final Countdown” and an extremely energetic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Got to love Queen) which set the mood for the rest of the evening.

I can’t think of many better ways to ring in the new year than surrounded by our friends. It was a great send off for a year that will always be one of my favorites, not just for how our lives changed, but the amazing experiences we had along the way.

-Jo

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