Party Prep for New Year's Eve

Mommyhood will keep me from venturing out this year, but that doesn't mean I lack excitement for the merriment and celebration behind ringing in a new year. If you are in the midst of party prepping (but are running behind because you haven't recovered from the holidays), I've rounded up some ideas to save you time and energy.  

Drink. Dazzle. Delight.

Drink

 Bottles of bubbly are synonymous with NYE celebration. If you tire of plain jane champagne and yearn for something new and fun, try a champagne mojito! It will be a refreshing treat that will get you revved up for the warmer months around the corner in 2014.

Champagne Mojito

Ingredients (per champagne glass):

1 tbsp lime juice
1/2-1 tbsp cane sugar
1-2 twigs mint
Crushed ice
a few lime slices, quartered
100 ml champagne/sparkling wine

Preparation:
1) Combine lime juice, cane sugar and some mint leaves in the glass and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
2) Add crushed ice, lime slices and rest of mint leaves. Stir.
3) Slowly poor chilled champagne into glass. Stir well.
4) Serve with a straw.

Champagne Mojito via Strudel and Cream

Champagne Mojito via Strudel and Cream

Cranberry Jello Shots

Jello Shots may not seem like a "grown-up" choice to serve at a cocktail party but they sure are fun! We love this recipe that dresses up the shot. The extra garnish and pizzazz makes jello shots seem like a culinary delight rather than a long ago, dorm room memory. 

Cranberry Cocktail Juice
Cranberry Jell-O Mix (1 3 ounce package)
Orange Vodka

Heat 2 1/4 cup Cranberry juice until it boils, pour in bowl and mix in jello until dissolved. Add 3/4 cup orange vodka and pour into shot cups. Put in fridge to set overnight.

To garnish, cut small pieces of rosemary and roll fresh cranberries in honey and sugar. Add them to the top of each shot after they've set. 

Cranberry Jello Shots via A Beautiful Mess

Cranberry Jello Shots via A Beautiful Mess

Dazzle

We love a dress that delivers on multiple levels. It's a winner for us if it's sexy, comfortable, and classy. These two dresses caught our eye. We love the mixture of leather and lace with the BCBG dress (left - also available in red!) and we love the price tag (almost 1/5 the price of the BCBG dress) and color from this blue number at ChicWish. The nude lining creates a bit of mystery without being revealing.

Layton Lace Dress by BCBG (image via Social Bliss)

Layton Lace Dress by BCBG (image via Social Bliss)

Blue Eyelash Dress via ChicWish

Blue Eyelash Dress via ChicWish

We know NYE is a night you can never be overdressed (even if you are simply celebrating in your kitchen with a few friends). So, why not wear sequins! You can dress to impress and dazzle everyone in this wonderfully named Shimmy Shimmy dress by Free People. I'm a huge fan of the idea of Rent the Runway. This romper by Robert Rodriquez retails for $432 but you can rent it for $70!

Sequin Disco Romper by Robert Rodriguez via Rent the Runway

Sequin Disco Romper by Robert Rodriguez via Rent the Runway

Shimmy Shimmy Party Dress by Free People

Shimmy Shimmy Party Dress by Free People

Delight

No party is complete without some fun decor and great tunes. Here are some easy decorating tips to create a festive environment. Then check out our playlist for some fun music to mix in with your favorite tunes.

Tassel garland via Confetti System

Tassel garland via Confetti System

Gold Pinata via Confetti System

Gold Pinata via Confetti System

Diy Party Hat via Studio DIY via OhHappyDay

Diy Party Hat via Studio DIY via OhHappyDay

Balloons via Geronimo Balloons

Balloons via Geronimo Balloons

This playlist will have you and your friends dancing all night. Playlist courtesy of The Flashdance

 

Happy New Year's everyone!!