Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!

I decided at the last minute to pull together 
a little family lunch on 
New Year's Day
[between ballgames, OF COURSE]
with traditional southern flair - 
Black-Eyed Peas, and Greens, 
and Shrimp and Grits [yum.]
Well, you know I like a pretty table so during the late evening of the THIRTIETH I started searching for some ideas to use [You may have noticed a few on my pinterest board - lol]
But due to time [and not having the needed materials] 
I decided to go with clear plates and a paper [print-out] of a clock on the back - easy to do with my trusty circle cutter from Creative Memories -
So I headed out early on the 31st to pick up a few things like  plates, banners, hats and horns - ha 
[One New Year's all we had was horns - 
and it was THE BIG ONE {{2000}}] 
And, oh, yes - I needed to get the food - lol.
I had planned to use the gold and white fabric for the entire table cloth, but had forgotten how small it was, 
so it ended up being a 'runner.' 
I already had the red cloth and chargers 
[I was tempted to give them 
a fresh spray of gold, but didn't...]
I used a burlap wreath as the centerpiece with a vase, surrounded by a paper crown [2015,] 
full of gold-silver-black fringed horns.
It's on a charger on top of a small pedestal.  
It would be cute to add some battery operated lights around it - but since our meal was at lunch... I didn't.
[LOVE how the sun streams in from our front window -]
 I placed a little card on top of each plate since I thought the table needed just a bit more black to it -
[printed these from a free on-line source 
and backed them with black cardstock
with a little ribbon down the edge -]
 Each place setting had a crown or top hat
[the crowns don't have the year, so they can be re-used, if needed, but I couldn't resist those top hats!] 
I also decided to use some little flutes for our 
orange juice / ginger ale drink - 
and I printed out  
Happy New Year
on a clear address label for each of those - 
 And finally, I bought a banner with small lollies that I hung from the lamp shade above the table - 
it also has clocks and 'happy new year' signs.
Again, I can re-use this since there is no year on it -]
And lastly - or, firstly, maybe?
I pulled out our tried and true New Years Lights and draped them over our snowman as a little 
welcome out on the porch. 
[Although, I think the angels out shined it a bit...
and that's okay.]
-- The youngest was having friends over after our gathering to enjoy the fire pit as they 
disposed of all of our Christmas wrappings...
and they needed a proper welcome, don'tcha think?
All in all
a pretty good day - 

Hope your New Year starts off great!
[Much thanks to Party City for still having
a nice selection of NYE decor on the 31st!]

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