Shocking, but true… I’m a little late to post this. A lot. A lot late. Even so, I wanted to share the festive tablescape from our little New Year’s Eve celebration. As an added bonus, I’ll also share the amazing cocktail we shouldn’t have been drinking alongside all of that champagne.
I started (as one does with any party decor concept) by swiping toys from my nephew. He’s long since outgrown these particular little plastic farm animals, but I may find myself replacing them sheepishly (see what I did there?!) anyway. When the inspiration hit, I had to run with it. Sorry, P-nut.
One coat of spray primer, and one coat of paprika spray paint later:
Once they all dried, they got glitzed up with a festive gold pipe-cleaner lei and a glittery sticker monogram. Perfect placecards.
As a centerpiece, I pulled together a collection of my finest re-purposed glass jars, slapped some modgepodge on the bottoms in various thicknesses and then covered them in gold glitter (for that dip-dyed look). Scattered amongst straw and gold confetti, they made a pretty fun focal point.
As for my homemade 2014 numbers? I swiped this idea from the impossibly talented Aunt Peaches. I’ll let you visit her for the how-to so you can fully appreciate the crafty awesomeness that goes on over there.
I decided to make some fun swizzle sticks for our cocktails and our champagne (seeing as how we were going to add tasty ingredients to the champagne to make interesting champagne-y cocktails but never managed to make it that far). A glittery pom-pom hot-glued to the end of a generic swizzle straw looks pretty festive, if you ask me. And the glasses got a boost with a gold pipe cleaner spiraled around the stem.
Fortunately, the swizzle sticks came in handy for our Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz Cocktail.
To make one Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz:
(recipe adapted a tad from The Artful Desperado’s Bourbon Rosemary Fizz)
Gather your weapons:
-one small sprig of fresh rosemary
-1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit
-1 oz bourbon
-sprig of rosemary and grapefruit rind peel for garnish
-oh, and a low-ball or old-fashioned glass of some sort to drink it out of. If you want. Don’t let me pressure you.
To make it:
Drop your sprig of rosemary into the bottom of your shaker, and add your 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Muddle until you can really smell the rosemary fragrance. Add a few cubes of ice and your ounce of bourbon. Shake it like you mean it.
Drop a few more ice cubes into your glass, and strain your cocktail into the glass. Top with the ginger ale, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and grapefruit peel…oh, and a fancy swizzle stick. Cheers!
I have been scheming to do create some sort of chandelier something-or-other to hang above the farmhouse table on our deck, and a New Year’s party was just the ticket to light a fire under my rear. So I strung up a little ladder (which is actually the salvaged back of an old red bench we had forever that finally gave in to gravity and the elements). From this, I hung several strands of Restoration Hardware’s battery-operated Starry Lights that I had just taken down from Christmas. If you’ve never seen these things before, they really are quite fantastic: tiny little lights strung on bendable wire so that you can shape them and hang them really easily. I molded them to spiral down (and added a few strands of glitter-star wire from the craft store to augment), and created this sort of downside-up centerpiece topped with fresh grapefruit branches.
With the help of a few of our favorite neighbors we rang the new year in with some style. And by ‘style’ I mean we were all in bed by 10:30.
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