It’s the last and first party of the year – so make it a good one!
We called in event planner and marketing guru Kelly Grainger of Moxie Designs, who set up interactive party stations for guests of all ages, with a common golden thread weaving throughout.
Read on for her how-to instructions, plus printable signs.
Put a fresh spin on the classic tradition by having guests pen their “vision” for the New Year. Imagine yourself a year from now: What do you hope your life will be like? Do you envision more downtime, more travel, or time spent exploring a new hobby? Keep visions tucked safely away in a gilded mason jar, not to be re-opened until next NYE. You may be amazed at how putting ink to your dreams inspires their actualization.
Guests write out their New Year’s goals and then seal them in a jar to be opened next NYE … it’s a resolution time capsule. 🙂
“Ring” in the New Year
Fill a tray for the littles with cookies and milk in (plastic) wine glasses. Include a bowl of ring pops to “ring” in the New Year.
These cute black-and-white cookies are from the Publix bakery. 🙂
Set up a champagne bar with a tray of berries, golden stirrers, and juices for mimosas tucked inside gold-painted mason jars. To go gilt on the cheap, Kelly spray-painted a 2×4 of scrap wood gold and arranged three glitter-covered champagne bottles atop it. At midnight, have guests raise their glass to toast to new beginnings.
Juice for mimosas, disguised in glittered mason jars.
Stage a photo booth with gold mustaches, boas and an oversized gold frame. Kelly’s pro tip: Always designate a hashtag for your party (i.e. #GoForGold2016) so all pics posted online will be grouped together.
Decorate a table with sparklers and noisemakers, and then head outside right before midnight to cheer in 2016. Boom!
Kelly’s Party Secret Weapons
“You can throw a whole party around these three items,” says Kelly about Tree House Studio Spray Adhesive, Tree House Studio gold glitter, and Krylon Metallic gold spray paint – all available at Hobby Lobby. For this party, she used these to make signage and gild cast-off wood scraps and bottles. Her other golden go-to? Kate Spade’s party accessories like gold-dot napkins and ice bucket.
Following the sage admonition, “Eat, drink and be merry … for tomorrow ye diet,” we called on Georgia’s top-rated cake baker, Confection Perfection, to provide us with two sparkling cakes.
Founded over 16 years ago by Acworth resident Jennifer Punch, Confection Perfection is famous for their wedding and custom cakes, but now (yip!) they’re rolling out a new CP On The Go service, where simply decorated cakes and desserts can be ordered and received within 24 hours – affordably.
Visit confectionperfectioncakes.com and click “order online.” The site walks you through options for size, decorations and flavors – including mint chocolate, lemon with lemon mousse filling, and hazelnut cake with hazelnut cream cheese frosting (among a dozen others). Then, pick your delivery preference, and you’re done! The cake can be at your door the very next day. Rates range from $35 for simply frosted to $45 for a hint of décor, like shown on these glittering “2016” cakes – which, by the way, were cinnamon and delicious.
Confection Perfection. 678-898-6625. Confectionperfectioncakes.com
Shot at the home of Dave and Cindy Tallman
Kelly Grainger, Moxie Designs. Moxie-designs.com
Jen Harris Photography. JenHarrisPhoto.com
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Ashlie Rainwater, Holland Blythe Designs. 404-394-3335
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