I have a huge smile on my face writing this cause we have absolutely no plans for NYE this year. Nothing. WE are going to stay home and make spinach dip and pulled beef and that will be it in terms for food. I coudln´t be happier about our food choices.
Normally I would cook a whole meal or bring some sides where we are invited but December hit us hard this year. We had our annual Christmas dinner with our friends at our house. After that we had RSV, Influenza and Covid and the day before yesterday our family Christmas Dinner with 4 courses all cooked by myself. I am just exhausted and happy to do nothing.
And also I am not a fan of NYE at all. In my opinion it is such a forced night to stay up until midnight and then the real party starts. Don´t care at all.
But I wanted to share this look with you I have worn on the 26th of December to a family lunch. It would be perfect for NYE, just the right amount of glam and drama.
I still can´t believe that the new year will be here in a couple of hours although I have been prepping our dinner the whole morning.
We did not plan to do anything today (the original plan was to get tons of Chinese take-away) but my mom wanted to do a Winter BBQ so we thought why not and planned out our NYE dinner.
NYE Table Scape
My table scapes are usually planned in advance so this one today has also been a last minute table setting with all the things I still had from last year or years prior. To be honest I do not switch much for NYE. I love a gold and black (sometimes I add silver) setting as it always looks glamorous and that is the theme I am going for on the last day of the year.
The plates I used are perfect for any kind of entertaining. I have those in several colors and these are my favorites for hosting. They elevate a table setting immediately with their metallic shimmer.
Candle holders are a must at every table scape. I have been using the gold ones for every ocassion every since I got them. Were a huge hit at Emilia´s baptism table and our Christmas table too.
Napkins are a great piece to set the motto for the table. I love using cotton napkins but occasionally use paper napkins too if they are as pretty as these.
Glamorous Living Room Backdrop
How amazing is this golden NYE backdrop I set up in our living room. I have been admiring these for years at other people´s NYE parties and never got one for myself but this was the year to go all out as we had sacrifice so much. I ordered this from Pink Party Dots as well and it was here two days after. The set up was so easy and quick, I did it all by myself.
Quick and Easy Side Dishes
Since we planned on having a BBQ. My husband will handle the grill I decided to go all out with the side dishes.
Another side I planned are Caprese Sticks. I basically put mozarella balls, little tomatoes and a basil leaf on a small wooden stick and am going to drizzle some balsmamic creme on top before serving.
The bread salad an oldie but goodie from our holiday parties a few years ago. It is basically a lot of vegetables (I always use what we have), some arugula, bacon, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top. You can use any dressing you like. I always make a mustard dressing.
Stir fryed green beans are another favorite. I am using two cans of green breans and put them together with a cup of bread crums into a pan. When the bread crumbs are golden the beans are ready.
The last two side dishes I have planned are spinach dip (an awesome side dish to take to parties too, great to make in advance) and deviled eggs (got the recipe from Reese Witherspoon´s book Whiskey in a Teacup).
Wow this has been a much longer post than I anticipated. Just wanted to quickly share some last minute ideas with you guys.
I hope you are spending NYE safe. We are only allowed to be five people and everyone has to return to their homes by 9 p.m. so this will be a short dinner.
Christmas is only two days away so it is time to set our focus on New Years Eve. What to wear and where to celebrate ? What to cook if you are hosting a New Years Eve party!!
Questions over questions so let´s start with an easy one – what to wear for New Years Eve?
There are tons of pieces to pick because there probably never have been more materials on trend than now. Between lace and sequins there is one other very festive material that has only been back in fashion for a few years – I am talking about velvet.
Velvet has been the grandma material for many years and came back a few years ago and I have loved it ever since. There are countless pieces out there you can get in velvet but I opted for a blazer jacket this time. It immediately adds a festive touch to any look. You could wear it over a dress as well as over a blouse/leggings combo like I did above.
The blazer is from Asos and they had quite a lot of different colors but this gorgeous deep turquoise shade was the winner.
Adding color to black and white is a thing that always works no matter what you want to add to. Velvet is the perfect material for NYE as it shimmers beautifully in the dimmed light and is also great for the colder weather (but this depends on were you are living).
Do you already made plans on what you are wearing or are you still searching for inspo? I have another look up the day after tomorrow.
I am just checking in now to wish you a happy new year. I have to admit I did not make any NY resolutions this year cause when I do I have to many and mostly too high goals I can never get accomplished and then I get frustrated and sad about things I shouldn´t be in the first place.
I have decided to only improve myself a little. Eat a little healthier, spend a little more time at the gym, help a little more where help is needed and overall be a little more kind and polite and thoughtful.
Hope you have had a nice evening and wishing you just the best for the start of the new year. Be sure to check back in the evening for a beauty products round up and what I got for Christmas.
Now I am going to finish my avocado toast and get myself ready for the day.
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