Ring in the New Year with your own stylish celebration
Yet to settle on a New Year’s Eve plan? Well, live it up in the comfort of your own home with our last minute guide to styling a NYE party.
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and if you haven’t made plans, listen up – ditch the crowds, forget the traffic and throw your own soirée.
The classic colour scheme of black, gold and white is the safest bet for any last minute party. It’s elegant, stylish and a palette that is super easy to work with. The key part of your set up is to establish your drink and grazing stations. By setting up an exciting decorative focal point you can deviate away from the rest of your un-decorated party area.
Use a dinner table or trestle tables covered in black and white or tasteful small sequin gold tablecloths as your base for a series of white porcelain platters, gold trays or mirrored bases to display your food on. These can all easily be purchased at affordable prices from Kmart, Target and other homeware stores. If you’d like to add a splash of old time elegance, drink carts are a great addition and can be hired online from Australian party prop suppliers. We recommend Elegant Tea Time.
Remember, the key to a beautiful set up is layering and levels. Use cake stands or black boxes to prop up platters and glasses at differing heights. Candles, florals or confetti should be tastefully woven between to fill awkward or lack lustre spaces.
Another idea is to spray the bottom half of your champagne bottles with adhesive and roll in gold glitter. Not only does it look pretty, but you can disguise cheap champagne! (Tip: empty champagne or wine bottles make for great vases and styling props)
The next step is balloons. You don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on filling a room with balloons. It’s far more chic to style a space with fewer balloons of different varieties. Clear balloons filled with metallic confetti, oversized balloons with hanging tassels and printed small scale balloons staggered at differing heights frame your party space.
Now continuing your colour palette through your sweets is also very on trend. White chocolate dipped strawberries can easily be painted with edible gold paint or dipped in edible black glitter, while store bought fortune cookies are also an easy and stunning treat for your guests! Simply unpack, dip into white chocolate and sprinkle with edible glitter.
If you or your friends have some super cute little tikes in your lives of course you’ll need to cater to them too! They may only be awake for short time of the party but they’re the ones who will dictate whether you’ll get an enjoyable and stress free night- so make sure they are having a good time!
Substitute majority of the black from our previous scheme with a splash of bright colour. Bunches of mixed opaque coloured balloons and clear balloons filled with rainbow confetti should dot the party space. Who doesn’t love contained confetti? Beautiful and without mess! We’ve also seen the rise in alphabet or number foil balloons- spell out Happy New Year or 2017; our tip is to keep it all in gold, and to one area, usually above the candy buffet or drink station. The balloon fun keeps coming with the clever creatives at Studio DIY creating a great tutorial on making clock balloons simply using foil balloons, stickers and a little patience. Check it out here.
Confetti party hats, party poppers and a bright piñata are always staples of a good party- and your colour theme should really translate into your fun New Year’s Eve treats like before. Think fairy bread, rainbow fruit skewers, smarty cookies and sprinkle cupcakes, topped with their very own sparkler firework! Again you can adapt the adorable fortune cookie treats by dipping them into white chocolate with sprinkles, coconut or edible glitter!