Star Bright New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Cheers!

In just a few hours we will be ringing in the New Year: 2015. Can you believe it?

2014 has flown by!

This week I’ve put together an inspiration board sure to delight: a star themed New Year’s Ever party! This is going to be great inspiration for someone hosting a medium sized get together at their house, you know, with a dozen or two of their friends, some champagne in the fridge and the music playing in the background getting everyone ready to dance and excited for the New Year. Hints of black and gold stars bring together all of the elements in this party.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Star Themed New Years Eve Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Star Themed New Years Eve Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Check out where I found all of the elements for this inspiration board:

2015 Painted New Year’s Eve Lollipops – made by SmashCandies on Etsy

2015 Painted New Year’s Eve Lollipops – made by SmashCandies on Etsy

2015 Painted New Year’s Eve Lollipops – made by SmashCandies on Etsy

Gold Glitter Star Cupcake Toppers – made by WhenItRainsShop on Etsy

Gold Glitter Star Cupcake Toppers – made by WhenItRainsShop on Etsy

Gold Glitter Star Cupcake Toppers – made by WhenItRainsShop on Etsy

Crackers and Star Cheese Nibbles – shared by Good Life Eats

Crackers and Star Cheese Nibbles – shared by Good Life Eats

Crackers and Star Cheese Nibbles – shared by Good Life Eats

Happy New Year DIY Banner – made by Creative Union Design on Etsy

Happy New Year DIY Banner – made by Creative Union Design on Etsy

Happy New Year DIY Banner – made by Creative Union Design on Etsy

Wild Mushroom in Puff Pastries – recipe shared by DixieMockingbird

Wild Mushroom in Puff Pastries – recipe shared by DixieMockingbird

Wild Mushroom in Puff Pastries – recipe shared by DixieMockingbird

New Year’s Eve Party Invitation – made by TheLionAndTheLark on Etsy

New Year’s Eve Party Invitation – made by TheLionAndTheLark on Etsy

New Year’s Eve Party Invitation – made by TheLionAndTheLark on Etsy

New Year’s Eve Party Decoration Hats – made by courtneyorillion on Etsy

New Year’s Eve Party Decoration Hats – made by courtneyorillion on Etsy

New Year’s Eve Party Decoration Hats – made by courtneyorillion on Etsy

Cinnamon Sugar Pasty Star Party Snacks – recipe shared by Gathering Beauty

Cinnamon Sugar Pasty Star Party Snacks – recipe shared by Gathering Beauty

Cinnamon Sugar Pasty Star Party Snacks – recipe shared by Gathering Beauty

Stars and Stripes Party Straws in Gold, Black and White – made by Twigsandtwirlsllc on Etsy

Stars and Stripes Party Straws in Gold, Black and White – made by Twigsandtwirlsllc on Etsy

Stars and Stripes Party Straws in Gold, Black and White – made by Twigsandtwirlsllc on Etsy

What are some of your top wishes for 2015?

 

 

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Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas

Hello! And Merry Christmas! As Christmas Eve is drawing nearer to completion, and everyone is getting snuggled up in their comfiest of PJs, why not gather the family together and have a little midnight par-tay? Ok, maybe not AT midnight, but late night, when it is dark, and cold out and it’s about “that time” to get everyone to bed.

What if you had a little family PJ party, with some warm milk and a few cookies? A few cookies mind you – you’ve gotta leave some for Santa! This would be such a fun bonding opportunity for your family or just your other half, and a great new tradition. You don’t even have to open presents. Just get some cookies, your PJs and sit around the lit tree with all the other lights off. It’s a pretty magical moment. Plus, you can get some uber cute pictures of the little ones!

Here’s what I had in mind: (and yes – paper plates and small servings are PERFECT for this last minute get together!)

Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Christmas Eve Cookies and Milk Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

 

I found these fabulous elements here:

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Snowflake Wooden Cutlery – made by PopFizzHooray on Etsy

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Milk and Cookie Shots – recipe shared on POPSUGAR

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Bake the Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie – recipe shared on Casa Di Moo

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Cookies and Milk Photo with the Kiddo – photo by Lana Sky Photography

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Star Dot and Swirl Paper Plates – sold by Design Design

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Milk – shared in a roundup post on Brit+Co

What type of family traditions do you share with your loved ones on Christmas Eve?

Black, White, Green and ICE! – Wedding Anniversary Ideas

Yup- you read correctly: black, white, green and ice!

Picture this: it’s a decade or two from now. You’ve been with your other half for ages. You are surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. You want to throw a fabulous wedding anniversary. But it’s winter, and everything is red, green and gold. You want something modern, but elegant. You want something chic, dramatic…. You want WOW!

Go with a black, white and green (and ice!) color theme! It is modern, can be done easily, and is incredibly chic. This anniversary is going to be like no others. You’re having a specialty tent erected, custom ice sculptures crafted, luxurious linens delivered, and the best caterer in town.

Here’s what I’m envisioning for you, beyond that white carpet entrance:

Black, White, Green and ICE! - Wedding Anniversary Idea

Black, White, Green and ICE! – Wedding Anniversary Idea

Here are the details on the elements that will go into a memorable event like this:

Dendrobium Explosion Centerpiece – shared on Silk Flower Depot

Dendrobium Explosion Centerpiece – shared on Silk Flower Depot

Dendrobium Explosion Centerpiece – shared on Silk Flower Depot

Dramatic Black Satin Chair Covers - shared on DecorFox

Dramatic Black Satin Chair Covers – shared on DecorFox

Dramatic Black Satin Chair Covers – shared on DecorFox

Ice Sculpture Vase – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Sculpture Vase – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Sculpture Vase – spotted on Pinterest

Green, White and Black Cake – made by Maggie Austin CAKE

Green, White and Black Cake – made by Maggie Austin CAKE

Green, White and Black Cake – made by Maggie Austin CAKE

Modern Lattice Invitation Set – made by lauraleidesign on Etsy

Modern Lattice Invitation Set – made by lauraleidesign on Etsy

Modern Lattice Invitation Set – made by lauraleidesign on Etsy

Ice Sculpture and Food Buffet Station – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Sculpture and Food Buffet Station – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Sculpture and Food Buffet Station – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Tent – shared on Whimsy

Black and White Tent – shared on Whimsy

Black and White Tent – shared on Whimsy

Ice Sculpture Champagne Display – shared by Pepper’s Fine Catering on Flickr

Ice Sculpture Champagne Display – shared by Pepper’s Fine Catering on Flickr

Ice Sculpture Champagne Display – shared by Pepper’s Fine Catering on Flickr

Black and White Lounge – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Lounge – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Lounge – spotted on Pinterest

 

I LOVE the ice element, don’t you? It just has so much impact! What I really love about this theme is its versatility. While I originally planned this inspiration board for a wedding anniversary, it would work just as well for a wedding, a holiday party, or a gala fundraiser. The sky is the limit with this design!

Fill in the blank: Black, White and ………? (What color would you choose?)

 

 

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

Nom nom nom – COOKIES!

I’ve had cookies on the mind. I think it’s because a few weeks ago I shared an inspiration board for hosting a cookie decorating party. And I really think that it is a fun seasonal activity that kids (and adults!) can enjoy. Since that post I have been thinking about how fun it would be if you could host a holiday cookie exchange party. Maybe get all your neighbors together, or do this instead of a holiday office party. It would be fun, and way more interesting – ESPECIALLY if you tell people it is a competition. People get SUPER competitive…before you know it, people will be quoting the recipe from some top chef they spent hours perfecting, possibly arguing over who’s frosting is better. I can just see it now: everyone hyped up from all the sugar, possibly too many holiday cocktails, then the scoring begins…..oh what a night.

See what I’m talking about? There must be something about cookies. Here’s what I had in mind- and yes, I went on that sugar plum meets ginger bread land route. I think it’s appropriate, don’t you?

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Ideas

 

Check out where I spotted these fabulous elements:

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Package – made by OhCreativeOne on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Cookie Swap Banner – made by BannerCheerJR on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Personalized Christmas Gift Bucket and Tumbler Set – made by DottedDesigns on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Gingerbread Décor Wall Decals – made by Twistmo on Etsy

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Candy Cane Cookie Holder – shared on Pottery Barn Kids

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

Christmas Cookie Dessert Station – shared on Delish

See- all you really need for this party is some friends, some festive decorations, and a batch or two of cookies on a table. Easy as pie!

If you could only eat ONE Christmas cookie a year- what would you choose to have this year?

Gatsby Inspired New Year’s Eve Dinner Party Ideas

I know, I know: Christmas hasn’t even happened yet! Why am I talking about New Year’s Eve already?

And I hear you, fair point. But if you are looking to throw an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party, you’ve got to get planning now! I’m channeling my inner Gatsby for this party. Black and gold, with a hint of art deco flair and a champagne tower: all the makings for a good time.

Ask your friends to dress their best in modern Gatsby inspired ensembles. This is not a costume party; this is a party worth dressing up for! Besides, “dressing up” adds a bit of fun to a party, don’t you think?

Now I put this idea board together channeling a dinner party, but if that’s not your speed, or you have too many friends you’d want to invite, this design concept will translate beautifully to any party style.

Ok, enough chit chat, more pictures. Here’s what I’m thinking:

Gatsby Inspired New Year’s Eve Dinner Party Ideas

Gatsby Inspired New Year’s Eve Dinner Party Ideas

See where I’ve spotted all these fantastic elements on the web:

Deco Scallop Invitation and RSVP Cards in Black and Gold – made by punchpaper on Etsy

Deco Scallop Invitation and RSVP Cards in Black and Gold – made by punchpaper on Etsy

Deco Scallop Invitation and RSVP Cards in Black and Gold – made by punchpaper on Etsy

Gatsby Inspired Cake – shared on Cakes Décor by Esther Williams

Gatsby Inspired Cake – shared on Cakes Décor by Esther Williams

Gatsby Inspired Cake – shared on Cakes Décor by Esther Williams

Art Deco Pattern – shared on Deviant Art by ghazaryang

Art Deco Pattern – shared on Deviant Art by ghazaryang

Art Deco Pattern – shared on Deviant Art by ghazaryang

Art Deco Scallop Candy Bar Wrappers – made by tableauparty on Etsy

Art Deco Scallop Candy Bar Wrappers – made by tableauparty on Etsy

Art Deco Scallop Candy Bar Wrappers – made by tableauparty on Etsy

DIY Printable Art Deco Menu – made by ChameleonWeddings on Etsy

DIY Printable Art Deco Menu – made by ChameleonWeddings on Etsy

DIY Printable Art Deco Menu – made by ChameleonWeddings on Etsy

Black, White and Gold Balloons Decorations – spotted on Pinterest

Black, White and Gold Balloons Decorations – spotted on Pinterest

Black, White and Gold Balloons Decorations – spotted on Pinterest

Black, Gold and White Tablescape – spotted on Style Me Pretty

Black, Gold and White Tablescape – spotted on Style Me Pretty

Black, Gold and White Tablescape – spotted on Style Me Pretty

Black and Gold Art Deco Table Setting - spotted on Pinterest

Black and Gold Art Deco Table Setting – spotted on Pinterest

Black and Gold Art Deco Table Setting – spotted on Pinterest

Party Like Gatsby Print – sold by theloveshop on Etsy

Party Like Gatsby Print – sold by theloveshop on Etsy

Party Like Gatsby Print – sold by theloveshop on Etsy

How do you like to celebrate New Year’s?