Happy New year to all! Last night Karla and I had quite the party. We had plenty of food, drink, and people. I believe at midnight there were a total of 27. I think that is a record for us! I had a lot of fun with everyone, but the fun began a bit earlier for me when I did the decorating! We usually have some streamers or something to liven things up, but this year I put a little more effort into it.
First thing I did was choose this lovely hat from the party store to be a centerpiece on the fireplace mantel. I scrounged around and found some gold glitter ornaments we had in the apartment and hung them with black yarn at varying lengths. Then I took the noise makers I bought, which were also glittery, and taped them to the mirror in a fun pattern. Later on in the night when the clock struck 12 I tore them down and let people actually use them.
When I was at the store I found some paper fans in the same black, gold, and silver theme as the party hat. I loved them so much, I immediately came up with a plan to use them. I found some streamers and bought black and white (they didn’t have gold or silver or else I would have bought those). Mu idea was to create a table backdrop. I have seen these all over Pinterest and I am always impressed with how much more festive a party looks with a professional looking table. After the mantel was finished, I set to work on hanging the streamers every other color and then went back and twisted each one and taped it down (double sided tape worked best).
Once the streamers were all hung up and twisted, I went back and hung the paper fans. Do you see the little clocks on two of the fans? I loved that detail for the New Year holiday! It took a little work to get them placed just right and hide the tape and string, but I worked at it and finally was happy with how it looked. Here it is with the table and all our food ready to be eaten:
All and all I think everyone had a good time. I know I did! Even though I like making everything look nice, I really believe it’s more about who you spend it with. Hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2013!