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.




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




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.




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




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.




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.




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!




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




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.




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!




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.




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




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




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




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