We all want to ring in the New Year with something truly memorable, and of course, fun. Still searching for something to make your bash one-of-a-kind? This New Year’s Eve, gather friends and commemorate 2012 with a DIY photo booth, complete with our custom-designed printable props.
You’re probably still cleaning up tape and wrapping paper remnants off your floor, but the festivities aren’t over yet. There’s still one more party around the corner, and we’re here to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s party or just contributing to the spread, take a savory finger food that’s perfect for casual or dressier gatherings.
4 chicken cutlets
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 Spanish onion
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 garlic glove, minced
If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 20 minutes. Slice chicken, peppers and onions into 1-by-1-inch cubes. In a shallow pan, combine chicken cubes with peppers, onions, soy sauce, oil, ginger, sugar and garlic. Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours or longer. Weave marinated chicken, peppers and onions onto skewers.
Preheat the broiler. Place a rack in a shallow baking pan. Broil the skewers about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until chicken is tender. Can also be cooked on a grill outside. Serve on a bed of steamed rice.
Yields 4 servings
Maybe you’re uber-prepared and you do all of your shopping ahead of time, but I know if I was hosting a New Year’s Eve party tonight, I’d be scrambling right about now — and I’m sure my bubbly would be less than chilly. Thankfully there are a lot of pretty ice bucket options to help keep everything just right.
Left column, top to bottom: Nambé “Tilt” Ice/Champagne Bucket, The Bathtub Champagne Chiller, Extra Large Teak Ice Bucket by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk, DIANE von FURSTENBERG Chain Link Ice Bucket. Large image: Top Hat Ice Bucket. Middle column, top to bottom: Waterford Crystal Lismore Ice Bucket & Tongs – Cobalt, Vintage French Champagne Ice Bucket. Right column, top to bottom: Handyman’s Ceramic Pail, Vintage Red Apple Ice Bucket.
I’m raising my glass to you, dear design lovers, and wishing you a 2012 filled with health, wealth, love, happiness and an abundance of style. See you in the new year!
Some of the best New Year’s Eve decor is what you arm the guests with — namely, confetti. Yes, it may be a pain to vacuum up later, but it’s all about that wild abandon of throwing it at midnight!
You can make your own confetti at home with colorful paper and cute paper punchers, or if you’re short on time and supplies, you can check out some of the options above. Like the look, but hate the mess? Try some confetti-inspired options like the Raffia Confetti Garland and Gold Confetti Canvas Art. They’re all sure to bring a little color and whimsy to your farewell-to-2011-fete.
One requirement that I have for New Year’s Eve is something delicious and bubbly for a midnight toast. If champagne’s a bit too spendy for you, why not try some nice prosecco or cava? (Or this pretty champagne cocktail!) If you’re the designated driver or otherwise abstain from alcohol, sparkling apple cider or ginger beer make nice alternatives. But almost as important as what you’ll be drinking is what kind of glasses you’ll be using.
Clockwise from top left: Champagne Flutes – Silver, Waterford Toasting Flutes – Set of 2 Lismore Amethyst, Bubbly Daisy Saucer Pair, Sagaform Hand-Blown Champagne Glasses – Pink/Green -Set of 2, Selma Flute, fferrone design Champagne Flute.
These champagne glasses are all a little unusual, in the best way possible. Sure, a stemmed flute is classic, but it’s nice to add some color or facets to the crystal for interest. Some of these choices are minimalist and modern, and others (like my favorite Kate Spade bubbly daisy saucers) rely on retro charm, but they’d all be perfect clinking together to salute 2012.
Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year? I’m heading out to one of my favorite cocktail lounges in the city to celebrate with friends, but if I was throwing a bash at home, I’d definitely be taking decorating inspiration from these sparkly garlands and piñatas from Confetti System.
There’s something nostalgic and youthful about these designs that’s reminiscent of a childhood birthday party, but the clean shapes and sophisticated color palettes say “chic adult.” And nothing calls to mind New Year’s Eve like glam metallics. I think it would be a blast to fill one of the geometric piñatas with grown-up prizes (gift cards, movie tickets, nice costume jewelry, etc.), and let everyone take a swing at midnight, but they’re so pretty I can’t blame you if you can’t bear to take a bat to it.
The countdown to 2011 has officially begun. So, what are your design resolutions for the new year?
I’m five months into my new apartment, and I still feel like there are a few changes that need to be made for it to really feel like home (a chic and stylish home at that). So in 2011, I’m unleashing my inner-DIY skills and creating something amazing. I think this sunburst mirror would look fabulous in my living room. Then maybe a whole new color scheme, inspired by featured Design Happens blogger Jeanine Hays’ posts.
How about you? Do your design resolutions involve a big remodel or simply conquering clutter? Rearranging furniture or going with a whole new style of decor? Here’s 5 suggested resolutions for your home from HGTV. And…
Have a safe and happy New Year!
Last fall, major designers debuted a range of purples for both tabletop and home. Any of my favorites below would make a gorgeous statement on your holiday table, sofa or bed. Pair purple with silver or gold, and say a chic farewell to 2010. Happy New Year everyone!
Bedroom needing a winter’s lift that will carry you right into spring? Check out Vera Wang’s new line of bedding, available at Bloomingdales. Super chic, and with a great mix of patterns and prints, so it looks like you culled many stores, instead of buying a set. Perfect!
While I always welcome the new year with a small gathering of my closest friends and family, I can’t help feeling I’m part of a giant cosmic party celebrating with billions of people all over the world. Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s party for four or 40, check out our favorite decorating ideas for ringing in 2011…with a bang.
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