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That annual dilemma – to stay in on New Years Eve or to go out and party? Bristol was recently voted the best place to party on NYE outside of London, and knowing how brilliant this City is, I can quite believe it. But since having my sons, those party days are behind me. I’m not sorry, I’ve done my fair share of carving up the dance floor til dawn, and to be honest I much prefer a night in with great company and good food instead.
This New Years Eve we are having a gathering of family and friends. Kids running wild through the bedrooms, making their own crazy party whilst the adults can sit eat, share a cocktail or two and see in the New Year.
So what makes a good night in special? The little touches. A hint of sparkle, gold, and fizz. Where do I head for all this and more, Anthropologie of course! Just the right amount of special and style, perfect for a New Years Party.
Here is my little guide to making the perfect table for a special New Years Eve night in…
Starting with the table….
1. Horta Wine Glass / 2. Clorinda Placemat / 3. Beasts Feast Platter / 4. Gilded garland string lights / 5. Gold dipped cutlery / 6. Brass capped decanter / 7. Forest walk side plate / 8. Mini confetti crackers
I love to lay the table with simple white crockery and perfect glassware. Using natural elements to decorate such as feathers, greenery and flowers. And of course there needs to be sparkle and gold, sparklers, gold garlands and many cocktails.
What to drink?
I love this recipe and has always been a huge hit.
Sage & Ginger Prosecco Cocktail
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 bunches of fresh sage leaves chopped or one bundle dried sage (about 1 cup or 1/2 a cup respectively)
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
Bottle of Prosecco or Champagne
1. In a saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once the simple syrup, which is what you now have, reaches a boil remove it from the heat and stir in the sage and ginger. Cover and let the syrup steep until it’s completely cooled to room temperature, 2-3 hours. Refrigerate after making.
2. To make cocktails, simply pour an ounce or two of syrup into a champagne flute depending on how sweet you like it and top with prosecco! Garnish with sage.
(recipe by Beth Kirby / Local Milk)
What to wear?
Just because I am staying, this doesn’t mean dressing down, oh no. I love to wear something simple, classic but with a touch of sparkle. I am thinking this timeless black dress, teamed with these amazing earrings.
So tell me, what are you doing? Staying in our going out this New Years Eve?
Pop over to Anthropologie Blog to vote – to go out or to stay in?
Anthropologie are offering one Littlegreenshed reader a chance to win a £50 gift voucher to spend on their perfect NYE.
Some sparkly earrings? Cosy slippers? It’s up to you! All you need to do is leave a comment telling me how will you spend your New Years Eve…
Good luck! Giveaway ends on WEDS 17th December.