December 28, 2011 at 8:00 am , by Beth Roehrig
I love New Year’s Eve! When I plan a party, I always make sure to create a welcoming setting where guests will feel comfortable. I also repurpose items I already have on hand to make the most of my budget, which totally makes it possible to throw a glamorous New Year’s party on a dime. Here’s how:
1. Accessorize affordably. New Year’s Eve supplies are easy to find at affordable stores. Look for small touches and metallic accessories that will bring the chic quotient up a few notches and complement your everyday décor.
2. Don’t forget the essentials. Every New Year’s party should have:
• A punch bowl to serve up a signature cocktail
• A beverage tub to keep the bubbly chilled all the night
• A mirrored tray to help present treats like finger foods
• A mirrored ball that sets the mood
3. Put out a buffet. A mix of hot-and-cold finger foods on tiered trays and cake stands will give your table some dimension. Bonus: When you’re not tied up in the kitchen, you’ll have time to work the room and welcome guests as they arrive. Read more
December 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm , by cdewet
Don’t welcome the New Year in a crowded bar with an overpriced drink in hand—instead host a New Year’s Eve Party in the comfort of your own home! To help you throw a festive celebration that’s easy to pull off, HGTV’s Design on a Dime host Kristan Cunningham answers some of our staffers’ New Year’s Eve questions.
LHJ: What’s the best number of guests to invite for a fun but not overwhelming gathering?
KC: 20 is a manageable number to seat, feed, and have drinks on hand for (without remortgaging your home) but it’s also enough people to keep the party interesting. It’s also an easy number for the hostess to handle. You can work the room and make sure that each of your guests gets some face time without it feeling like speed dating!
LHJ: Can you get away with asking for potluck? Is it cool to assign people to bring a specific dish or type of wine?
KC: You can absolutely do potluck, and this is obviously a great way to cut down on your overall costs. But with all of the responsibilities you already have on your plate, don’t take on the headache of trying to wrangle and coordinate this aspect. Leave it to your guests!
December 15, 2009 at 11:04 am , by Sue Erneta
New Years’ Eve is quickly approaching and I hope you’ve already got your plans nailed down. (Babysitters are hard to come by last minute!) Now, what to wear? I’ve trolled the internet and put together a chic, simple and reasonably priced ensemble for you. Hope you like!
Dress: Let’s start off with a deal so we can save money for accessories. I found this adorable little silk charmeuse dress at White House Black Market that’s been marked down to $39.99. Love it!
Shoes: A sequin pump is definitely the dressy shoe of the season, and my faves are these with a hidden platform from Steve Madden. I found them at Piperlime for $79.
Earrings: Macys.com is a wonderland of affordable jewelry. I almost fell off my chair when I found these Betsey Johnson crystal teardrops for only $35.
Bracelet: Shopping online wouldn’t be complete for me without finding a deal in JCrew’s sale section. I scored again: This jeweled bracelet is 41% off.
The hair: Top off the outfit with the updo of the season - the pompadour. You could try a polished one but a messy one is really chic too.
Have fun! But remember…shop responsibly!
So, tell me…what are you doing for New Years’ Eve?