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How to Ring in New Year’s Eve 2016

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This year I plan to party until the wee hours of the evening with my friends hosting a roaring 1920s and art deco celebration.

I have a confession to make—I’m usually not one to celebrate New Year’s Eve. After an explosive holiday season as an event designer decorating numerous private parties, corporate holiday events, winter weddings, and Christmas-themed installations, I’m pretty much spent. However, this year I plan to party until the wee hours of the evening with my friends hosting a roaring 1920s and art deco celebration.

Influenced by the iconic and glamorous decade, this theme is fun to to create in the space of your own home. Here are a few simple ways you can achieve the same lavish and sophisticated celebration for NYE.

Home Decor

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Art deco design is usually classified by its geometric shapes and symmetrical curved lines. Play around with various bold patterns, textures, and graphics, but keep a cohesive color palette in mind. Nothing is more timeless than a simple black and white color palette, with bold pops of metallic gold and silver.

Vintage bar carts are one of my favorite pieces to feature in a home. Splurge and find one from an antiques store. Pull out any eclectic stemware, glass decanters, and candles, and add some gold-painted magnolia or bay leaf garlands for a festive finish.

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Encourage your guests to embrace the theme of the night by donning detailed embellishments, longer hemlines, and looser silhouettes for the ladies and tailored suits for the gentlemen. I love relying on Rent the Runway for special occasions such as this. DIY a show-stopping headpiece with feathers and jewels to complete your look.

No New Year’s Eve party would be complete without champagne, but our palates prefer bubbly mixed into a cocktail. Below is a recipe for one of my favorite drinks, courtesy of Martha Stewart:

Martha Stewart’s Lemon Drop Champagne Punch

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Ingredients

  • 3 lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) champagne, chilled
  • 3/4 cup vodka, chilled
  • 4 oz. candied lemon peels

Instructions

With a vegetable peeler, remove zest from each lemon in a long, continuous spiral. Juice lemons and strain pulp. Set aside.

Heat sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add zest. Let syrup cool completely for approximately 2 hours.

Pour champagne, vodka, lemon juice, and syrup into a punch bowl and stir. Serve in glasses with candied peels.

Countdown to 2016

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Provide your guests with something to toss when the clock strikes midnight. Confetti and glitter can prove to be a hassle during clean-up, so we love the idea of shredded metallic mylar.

From our family to yours, have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. Cheers!

By Mandy Wasielczyk, Event Designer

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Jan6

How to Decorate Your Home This Holiday Season

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“There [is] no such thing as too much plaid!”

No sweeter words were ever spoken than, “Who wants to decorate the tree?” It was always quite the production in my home—we had a 12-foot tree—so you can imagine the amount of Christmas carols we sang our way through.

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“Close up of how we ‘wow’d’ our tree [with] a few large ornaments and a lot of specialty garlands!”

Growing up, we were never short on decorations for the tree. My mother had years to accumulate ornaments, a garland, an antique tree topper, and little glass birds, but not everyone has that same luxury. When Christmas approached quickly last year, I realized that I had nothing for my own tree. As a new homeowner, I had limited time (and money) to decorate. Here are a few tricks I used to create a stunning, low-budget Christmas tree:

  • Bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes a 3-foot tree is just as cute as the 14-foot monster. Also, don’t place it on the ground, but rather on a console table to add height before decorating.
  • Garlands are a sweet little trick to make the tree look like you spent hours on it. Find one that is unique—whether that means an oversized traditional beaded garland or a faux snow-dusted one full of berries and pinecones—and weave it through your tree.
  • I’m an old-fashioned, glass-ornament kind of girl. Not only do they look elegant, but they also have prettier designs and larger sizes. Try HomeGoods—they have great prices and you are always guaranteed to walk out with more than you bargained for.

Present Art

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“There’s no reason presents can’t be decorative too!”

As an event designer, I take great pride in the way my presents look, making sure that everyone can point mine out under the tree. A trick I use is to layer paper—solid colors and a fun print or two—then wrap the base with two bands of varying sizes, before finishing with a ribbon or bow. For the name tags, address the present directly, writing “to” and “from” on the package or writing their name in a fun decorative font.

Decking the Existing Halls

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“Spice up your sofa with a little glitz!”

A quick way to transform your home into a whimsical wonderland is to add little touches, so nothing is overwhelming:

  • Add in some themed decorative pillows, a patterned throw, or furry blanket to your furniture.
  • Incorporate sprigs of pine or evergreen to the table or mantle to bring in a natural scent, while simultaneously brightening up the space.
  • Window candelabras are a must! Find the traditional faux versions that sit on the window sill to instantly bring in that warmth that we all crave during the holidays.

By Taylor Jenkins, Event Designer

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Jan6

Thankfully Chic: All Things Neutral and Metallic

“Pick a theme and go with it!” they said. Those are sweet, sweet words to designers like me at Syzygy Event Productions.”

I’m obsessed with neutrals this season, so it was a given from the start what color palette I would choose. I didn’t realize how simple and fun it would be until I started to gather old Thanksgiving décor, purchase new ones, and took part in some DIY projects. I went all out; coordinating every item down to the outfits!

A Neutral Tablescape: In order to take your traditional Thanksgiving décor and turn it into a chic and elegant holiday display for your table, follow these three simple tips:

  • Create a focal point: use a combination of gold, white, and neutral colored props and accessories.
  • Search for the perfect white pumpkin! Drive to your local market or craft store to purchase these natural or faux beauties.
  • Mix in some metallic colored chargers, silver/gold toned placemats, and rustic candleholders to add a touch of glam and sparkle.
  • Have fun with it!

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Set your table with neutral colored items; add a pop of sparkle and metallics.

Personalized Pumpkins: Make those pumpkins shine! Use gems, spray paints, and glitter to add ambiance and personality to your Thanksgiving centerpieces and accessories.

Thankful Pumpkins: A great family activity can turn into a new family tradition. Have everyone create their own thankful pumpkin or make one for the entire family. Each member can take a moment to write a special message or what they’re simply thankful for this year. A simple yet meaningful way to highlight the true meaning of this holiday!

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DIY project: add some glam to your pumpkin!

Custom Backdrops: Whether you buy it online or create it yourself, burlap garlands make for a beautiful backdrop. It’s a simple way to add a custom piece to your festive décor. Go to your local craft store like Michael’s to purchase a burlap garland, spray paint, and stencils. The selections are endless! Grab a fun stencil and fabric spray paint to ensure the perfect visual effect.

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Create a warm and inviting Thanksgiving display by making your own custom backdrop and garland.

Festive Drinks: During my recent trip to Nashville, I came across the most refreshing drink. It’s called, the FALL O’THE WHISKEY. By far the best cocktail in town! Take some of your favorite bourbon, and then add a splash of peach purée, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. The perfect cocktail for your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Recipe

  • Weller Bourbon (Jigger)
  • Peach Puree
  • Dash of Cinnamon/Nutmeg
  • Top with Cider (Crispin)
  • Garnished with Cinnamon Apple

 

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Start your dinner with a delicious Fall O’The Whiskey specialty drink!

By Lisseth Orellana, Event Designer

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