The main theme behind a new year or new
year's eve party is fun! It's time to celebrate a new year and a new
beginning. It's entirely appropriate to celebrate a new marriage as well.
Whether you choose to hold your reception as the old year becomes the new
(at the stroke of midnight) or choose instead to celebrate during the day,
there are many ways that you can add a festive air to the proceedings. One
of the easiest is to buy the traditional new year trimmings. I have no
experience with the companies below, but they will clearly illustrate the
trimmings that I am talking about...such as top hats, tiaras, noisemakers,
party horns and confetti.
New Year's Eve Party Packs
Party Pinto's page takes a LONG time to load, but it's worth it as the pics
are clear and the kits varied.
New Year's Kits
Party Supermarket offers various kits in bulk.
New Year's Merchandise
A few bulk kit offerings from Der Ver Ber Distributors, Inc.
Using a kit makes things easier, but there
are plenty of other ways to make your new year party sparkle. If you take
that last sentence literally, why not consider adding a few sparklers to
your wedding cake as it's brought out. Glitter, confetti, and/or streamers
could be strewn across the tables, and centerpieces could be a grouping of
some traditional new year decorations. Or you could fill a top hat with
flowers if you wished. Ideal favors for this theme would include noisemakers
or party horns. The light of a candle could make any glitter or metallic
items shine. Christmas wrapping ribbon curls could easily replace the
streamers as a decorative element.
There are numerous color choices that would
work well with this theme: black & silver, white & silver, silver with jewel
tones, black & white (a tuxedo look), white & gold, black & gold or even
jewel tones with an accent of gold. For a very festive look, why not
consider jewel toned tablecloths. They don't have to match, and various
colors would look best. If you'd like it a bit more formal, try topping
colorful tablecloths with a square of white. This theme is also one in which
balloons could play a role. Whether you choose to have balloons in your
centerpieces, balloons decorating the tables or balloons dropping from the
ceiling at midnight...they will add a festive air. If you choose to have
your reception occur when the old year meets the new, you could do a number
of things to celebrate: ring in the new year with bells, drop balloons from
the ceiling or even gather all of the couples to share in a kiss at the
stroke of midnight.
Mardi Gras Receptions
The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green
and gold. If you wish, you can start by making these colors predominant in
your decorating scheme. If it's simply the Mardi Gras party atmosphere that
you are going for, why not pass out masks as guests arrive at your
reception. Favors could include strands of beads
wrapped around small boxes filled with gold foil covered chocolate
coins. Confetti, glitter and streamers can decorate your tables, and
centerpieces could include such items as: masks on sticks (into more
traditional floral centerpieces), a grouping of jester dolls or even
metallic strands of beads arranged around and through traditional
centerpieces. For further mardi gras party ideas, please be sure to check
out Virtual Bourbon Street's advice on
How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party.
It includes decorating ideas, atmosphere suggestions and recipes. Mardi Gras
supplies can also be found at
Of course, if you are planning on throwing
a Mardi Gras reception, you'll need to learn a bit about Mardi Gras. The
resources below will help you to do so, and will inspire you with ideas of
Fat Tuesday.com gives you extensive information on history and includes
sources for party supplies.
ICorp's Carnival New Orleans
ICorp provides goes into depth with many subjects relating to Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras Central
The Crescent City Connection brings you this list of links to peruse
Mardi Gras New Orleans
mardigrasneworleans.com brings you tons of info on every aspect of Mardi