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New Years Eve Party Ideas for Adults


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As 2011 gallops to a close I find myself thinking about New Year’s Eve and wondering what happened to the girl who used to dash across the Queensland /New South Wales border to experience not one, but two New Year’s Eve countdowns with unbridled excitement and joy.

I can’t really remember when I last hosted a party. I’ve had friends over, of course, and I’ve been to other’s parties but I must admit, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt the excitement of New Year’s Eve like I used to.  New Year’s Eve seems to come by so quickly and before I’ve had a chance to even think about organising a party, whoosh, it’s gone in a flutter of confetti and streamers.  So, I ask myself, do I give up, put a Geriatrician’s number into speed dial and purchase my first Jason Recliner Rocker?? Or, do I take a breath, slow down, and actually participate in these milestones?  Well, it’s not rocket science; this year I’ve decided to host my first New Year’s Eve PARTY!

So with excitement I haven’t felt for some time, I’ve been quietly spending my waking hours wracking my brain for ideas on how best to tackle my party.  Do I host a themed event? …Costume party? …Do I want quiet and sophisticated, or outdoor and easy?  ...Pool Party?  …Cocktail Party? …Karaoke Party? Kids? No kids?... The possibilities are endless!!  In my mind I can seem myself elegantly dressed a-la Audrey Hepburn in a lovely beaded cocktail dress, lounging in my suite of apartments overlooking the water hosting an elegant event with gentlemen dressed in suits, ladies dripping with diamonds, frosted martini glasses held aloft amidst scintillating conversation and oh-so-perfectly melodic laughter.  Canapés served on silver trays, champagne, music, ah...heaven.  Or should I say, in my dreams!  The more likely scenario would be a BBQ outside on the deck, with beer, crisp white wine, balloons, streamers, and music from the early 90’s playing in the background as friends and family make themselves at home in comfort and conversation.  I must admit, this is a lovely, easy option.  But I want more. I want to go all out!  I want to embrace this party, and go mad with decorations, colour coordination, themed food and décor.  I want guests to feel special.  I want to reward them for making the effort to celebrate with me when they could so easily stay at home in their easy chairs.  Actually, if I’m truly honest, I want to reward myself!

So, after much deliberation, and, as tempted as I am succumb to my love for Gilbert and host a Beauty and the Geek party, I’ve decided to go with a British-themed ‘Poms & Pimms Party’ to coincide with my sister in law’s return from jolly old England.  Yes, this year, I’m embracing all things British, from Wimbledon to Westminster, Chelsea to Essex, Mr Darcy to Prince William, High Tea to High Street, it’s all out England!  Luckily for me, Australia’s #1 online party store Pink Frosting has all that I need to create a momentous, memorable event – without the effort!

Now, the first thing that you need for party success is a unified theme. The decorations, food, drinks, crockery, cutlery, and entertainment should all contribute to your theme.  If you choose to go with a basic colour scheme, accent your neutral palette with accessory items that highlight your party theme. 

For my New Year’s Eve party, I could either start with British party supplies -  printed plates, cups and napkins, or pull together items that share the colour palette of blue, red and white.  I could then accessorise with some roses popped in a teapot vase (in acknowledgement of the Tudor Rose national flower of England), use cake stands to serve my nibbles and canapés, scatter small jewel-like crystals on tables, benches and sideboards , and strategically placed flowering pot plants conjure up thoughts of cottage gardens.  I’d serve Pimms Cup cocktail – oh so Wimbledon - and iced tea.  I could even buy some novelty tiaras as party favours for the ladies.  I tend to always go a bit High Tea and Royal when I think England, so my menu and décor would be very much reminiscent of Hyacinth Bucket, but I could just as easily go down the path of black taxis, Big Ben, double decker red buses, WAGS and football - in which case, I’d certainly keep the men folk happy with a Bangers and Mash menu, served with frothy cold (I wouldn’t dare!) beer.  It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, just do it well!

So, if one is amused with the idea of ringing in the New Year under the banner of the Union Jack, take a peek at what the Pink Frosting Blue Bloods have put together to tantalise your stiff upper lip this season!



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