Entertaining

NYE Smorgasbord Party

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New Year’s Eve is generally annoying in the Seattle area. This is my blog, so my opinion is fact. You can either spend $100+ per ticket to attend a gala with hundreds of ostentatiously dressed drunk people, or buy your way into a private, deluxe dinner at a restaurant. Or, one of your friends can host a party, which gives you an excuse to dress up in a far more low key environment, with people you actually like.

This year, Tristan and I discovered that the Swedish Club behind our apartment building is hosting a mid-century NYE “ball” with live ABBA music and Swedish pancake breakfast at 12:15 a.m. for a mere $25 per ticket. SIGN. US. UP.

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We have put together a group of friends to go with us, and are hosting a prefunk party at our house just in case our destination is filled with 400 old people. The prefunk party will be Smorgasbord themed in honor of our Swedish destination. Not literally (no herring and beet salad), just in the fact that I’m throwing everything together and hoping it works, both in decor and menu. I don’t have time to go unearth my gold shimmery tablecloth or striped runners from the storage unit, nor do I feel like spending a ton of money on creating some perfectly paired menu with signature cocktails. We bought chips and guac (the essentials), some mixers, and I made fudge. My friend – bless her heart – informed me that she’s bringing cheese…YAY! I bought a really cute garland and hats from Metropolitan Market yesterday. But other than that, we are using what we already have (including a very well stocked bar, thanks to some of Tristan’s work vendors!).

Here is the garland I purchased, to give you an idea of the color scheme I’m locked to, seeing as I have no color in my apartment (unless you count leopard).

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NYE Garland

It’s by Meri Meri, a super cute vintage-style party supplies company.

I don’t want the look to be a tidy tablescape; I want it to be jam packed with knick-knacks, sparkles, festive-ness and yummy treats. I love this bubbly bar from La Mia Vita:

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I love this tablescape from Tiffany Pratt in Rue Magazine:

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And tell me you don’t love this party hat from A Subtle Revelry:

Tulle Poof Hat

Here are some other “crowded” tablescape pics that tickle my fancy…

Studio DIY:

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Green Wedding Shoes:

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Kelly Lee for Rue Magazine:

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Also Rue Magazine:

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If I’m lucky, I’ll figure out a way to create cute stir sticks for this party in the next 8 hours! 🙂 As mentioned on this post, I get such fulfillment from re-purposing items and materials I already have. And I’m CONVINCED I won’t be running around stressing out all day. If I can prove to myself (and Tristan, ha!) that I am capable of a low-cost, low-stress party, then it is sure to be a happy new year, filled with lots more parties. 🙂

-t&T

T&T

header image via Studio DIY

Links of the Week

Greetings, all! I have a busy yet fun-filled weekend ahead, with Tristan’s birthday party tonight and a Friendsgiving (what shall I cook?!) tomorrow evening. It’s getting to be party central season up in herr! I’m sure I’m not the only one.

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Here are some links that have tickled my fancy in the last week(ish):

  • Space-saving furniture of the future (not your average murphy bed!)
  • Charming $45 original art — And, in case anyone is wondering if they could make it themselves, I’m guessing the supplies alone would cost $45
  • To wear to your next “big night out
  • $500 milkshake – to drink on your next “big night out”?
  • The perfect kitchen art (slideshow)
  • A great Christmas gift idea: Modern Family Tree

I’m have a grand ol’ time gathering newlywed Christmas ideas and can’t wait to share them with you. Hopefully you saw my Christmas card inspiration. I am also working on round-ups of newlywed ornament ideas and holiday pillows, so if you have any favorites, send ’em my way! We can all information-gather together as we decorate for the holidays. This will be SO. FUN.

-t&T

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