Ever since we had children our New years eve plans have been very simple. Before children my favourite thing to do was go with a group of friends to a restaurant in broadbeach but with those days past instead for the last 5 years we have had some friends over. I cook something special for dinner, we play dramatic charades the board game and see the new year in with fireworks on TV.
It works for us. I am currently in planning mode.
2011 the panetone colour of the year of honeysuckle - my decor and menu is going to reflect that. I do love the excuse to use pink so I'm going with it.
At BIg W I found the perfect leftover Christmas ornaments to create my table setting at 50% off too - even better.
Sharing the idea now before I have created it just in case you are looking for something too :)
Firstly this cute little bird and glitter house - will be part of the centre piece
as will this fun beaded trim - which I may also use part of to form some napkin rings - maybe ....
These four black sequin balls I am adding white foam number stickers to 2 0 1 1 and they will hang in the window in our dining area - along with some fairy lights
I also found these sparkly birds and some glitter ball stick things which I'm not sure how they will work - most likely in a vase with maybe some flowers on the side table but they looked lovely too at 50% off- They were from Bed Bath and Table - That sparkly deco in the front was from Big W and will go with my hanging balls.
I'm also going to add candles (of course ) and a plain white table cloth.
I am also thinking about a quote to pop in a frame - something that have meaning to us and our friends wh who will share the night with us- perhaps this ...
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"
If you are looking for charades because you don't have the board game I have just found a couple of websites - some are dodgy but I think this one is quite good - explain the rules here and has a good list of movies, books etc here - its not formatted so you would have to cut and paste into a document, print and trim them into strips - but that's pretty easy to do! There are quite a few printable card sites ] as well but some ask you to download software which I don't like to do unless necessary.
I'll be back in the next day or so with the menu :)
Happy New Years Eve Planning!