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5 Tips for Your New Year’s Celebration

happynewyear-2014Here we are closing the last chapter in 2014, I hope your holidays were successful and beautifully decorated!  As we are in the week of a new year, I decided to focus a post on ideas for having a New Year’s Eve party and decorating for the celebration of the New Year.

Here are 5 great ideas for your New Year’s celebration:

  1. Play Games:  Not in the mood for a big party?  Invite a few friends or couples over and host a game night.  One of our favorites is Guesstures as you can create teams, and it’s a lot of fun!  For some other game ideas, click here.
  2. Decorate your mantel:  Create a 2015 mantel piece by using four plain white pillar candles, using vinyl numbers (that can be purchased at any craft store) stick 2015 to each candle respectively.  Use spray adhesive, also sold in craft stores and completely spray the candle.  Using a spoon, pour super fine glitter (any color, depending on your theme colors) all over the candle.  After the adhesive dries, gently remove the vinyl numbers, and you should see candles that make up 2015 that will look beautiful on your mantel.  (Click here for a visual on how these glitter candles could look.)
  3. Create a centerpiece for your appetizer table:  Use or purchase a narrow basket or tin, keep in mind that you can always pick up a can of Rustoleum’s Metallic Spray Paint at any home store and change the color to match the center piece’s theme.  Put floral foam inside the container of your choice, purchase cardboard or paper mache 2015 numbers or create your own out of glitter card stock.  Attach skewers to them (with glue or tape) and stick the numbers in the floral foam to secure them in place.  Add silver and gold or black and white ornaments (of various sizes) to the container, and you have a fun New Year’s center piece.
  4. Decorating for the party:  I love the idea of hanging things from the ceiling as it draws the eye up and creates a magical feel to any party.  While researching for this post, I came across a fun idea – lit balloons.  Go to your local Party City and purchase LED lights and balloons.  Place a LED light in some of the balloons before you blow them up and use Balloon Tape to hang the balloons from the ceiling.  Or you could tie gold or silver ribbon to the balloons and hang them from the ceiling making the lengths various to add an interesting visual.  I also love the idea of using clear balloons and adding sparkly confetti to them to add an added interest.
  5. Party tips:  Plan to start the party late since people will be staying until past midnight that will mean there is no need for a complicated menu.  Simple appetizers and finger foods are the way to go.  If you need some appetizer inspiration, click here for some new ideas.  Have a New Year’s Eve toast prepared which will require that you have Champagne and flutes (glass or disposable) and have a sparkling juice or flavored water on hand for a non-alcoholic option.

DSC06126Enjoy your party planning and decorating!  Best wishes to you for 2015!  

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Having a Summer Party?

iStock_000006975789SmallThinking about throwing a summer party?  Here are a few tips to help you out with this fun summer idea!

Create the invite list!  There are many online invitation sites, consider one of these for a unique look to your summer bash:  PunchBowl.com, PaperlessPost.com, or Evite.com.  If you have a favorite website that you like to use, send me a note, I would love to hear about it!

How much food to get?  If you are planning an outdoor barbecue, click here for a food calculator from the Food Network.  Think about the types of food you will be serving and if you plan to serve food outdoors.  For a general guide to help you plan your party, click here.  Food should not be exposed to direct sun.  To keep food cool,  place ice on the bottom of a deep tray then place another tray on top of that tray, allowing the cold to chill the food and keep the melting ice water away.  Be sure to cover your food with a clean cloth or plastic wrap until you are ready to serve.

Do you have a theme for your party?  Since we are approaching the end of the summer season, it’s a great time to pick up outdoor items for parties on sale at stores such as Target, Pier 1, and online sites as well.  If you are in need of outdoor party ideas, or recipes I encourage you to visit Pinterest for great visuals on recipes or theme ideas.

General serving tips:

  • Create napkin and plastic ware bundles that you have at the end of the serving table. This will minimize spills and messes for guests.  Use raffia, gift ribbon, or fabric ribbon as an easy option based on your theme.
  • Instead of one big bucket for drinks – create small buckets for the various types of drinks you will be serving.
  • Serve small items grouped together on trays – it will make clean up quick and easy!
  • Use a table cloth that has various colors to mask any spills that may occur.
  • Use citronella votives around the party’s perimeter to keep the bugs away.
  • Use chalkboard stickers on glass tumblers instead of markers and plastic cups to label drinks.

Yummy appetizer ideas:

Looking for a refreshing summer cocktail?  Try this recipe for a Limoncello Collins, which can be made ahead, this recipe serves 8:

  • 16 oz limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
  • 12 oz gin
  • 8 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 24 paper-think lemon slices
  • Ice
  • 16 oz chilled club soda
  • 8 mint springs

Directions:  In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin and lemon juice.  Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.  Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses.  Add ice to the glasses.  Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses.  Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.

The last tip I can offer is to sign up a friend in advance to help you out so that you are not frenzied before or during the party!  Have a great party and enjoy the rest of the summer!

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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .