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Now that Christmas has come and gone, the New Year is rapidly approaching.

Are you having friends over for a causal open house to bring in the New Year or putting on a grand New Year’s Eve Party to ring in 2012 in style?  Either way you will want to decorate to welcome the New Year with hope and joy.

 

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Champagne is a traditional way to celebrate our blessings and welcome in the New Year full of hope and promise.

 

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If you are having a formal New Year’s Eve Party be sure to create a table that follows that theme.  This black and white bow tie place setting is a perfect example.

 

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The beautiful rose napkin being made here is a lovely alternative and very festive.

 

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Here’s a dramatic black and white table setting for New Year’s Eve.  The silver balloons and white feathers are very playful along with the mirror topped with various silver tree ornaments.

 

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This is a creative play on the New Year tradition – fortune cookies and a star on the napkins to wish your guest good luck in the coming year.

 

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If you are having a dance floor or even if you are not – this mirrored disco ball would definately put your guests in a party mood!

 

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For a centerpiece, why not do something like this – it certainly says “party” to me!

 

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Here’s another symbol of the coming new year – a crystal ball.  Surely you can find a way to incorporate it into your New Year’s Eve party theme.

 

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Speaking of themes – How about a Masquerade New Year’s Eve party?  Those are always fun and somehow pretending to be someone else brings out the playfulness in everyone!

 

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After all that fabulous decorating, don’t forget to set out a buffet that’s filled with all kinds of scrumptious temptations for your guests to enjoy while you wait for the clock to strike midnight.

 

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Of course New Year’s Eve includes the traditional countdown of the ball dropping at Times Square in NYC.

 

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But you can add your own count down with an alarm clock set for midnight right at your own party!

 

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OK, now that midnight has finally arrived it’s time for the fireworks, confetti and horns.  Let her rip!

 

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All the best wishes to my friends, family and subscribers for a wonderful, prosperous, healthy and happy 2012!