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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Oasis Ideas for New Years
Smithers-Oasis North America Design Director Sharon McGukin, AIFD, AAF, PFCI, is a speaker and author known for her "edutaining" floral design tips and Southern charm. She has four decades of design experience, is past president of AIFD and lives in Carrollton, Georgia.
Feasting. Shopping. Celebrating. We're all so busy that it feels like we rush through the Christmas holidays in a hurry. Don't despair, the party isn't over yet!
Get busy making decorating plans for upcoming New Year celebrations and avoid the post-holiday let down. Bring out the bling, dress up the house and get ready to celebrate the biggest night of the year: New Year's Eve is almost here!
Whether you are decorating for your own guests or planning a client's celebration ...
Let's get this party started!
Eight New Year's decorating ideas
Countdown with clocks
Cluster a group of collectible, vintage, or quirky clocks on the mantle to remind guests to keep an eye out for the stroke of midnight.
Hang something shimmery
Decorate from the ceiling down. Hang metallic flag bunting, glittered lanterns, mirrored balls, glittery balloons or shiny bead curtains as a fun way to showcase an entrance, food buffet or dance area.
Add something glittery
Embellish a chandelier by dangling lengths of sequined ribbons, decorative wire, crystals, stars, fresh flower blooms in clear water tubes or flea market finds like antique jewelry pieces tied to its frame.
Make it metallic
Use spray color to change those reds and greens to golds and silvers. Pull the natural cones, fruit and Christmas décor out of your garlands and centerpieces and replace them with stars, millimeter balls, glittery sticks or tinsel.
Bring bling to the table
Dress up a party table with gold or silver sequined runners, placemats or tablecloths. Add chargers, place cards and your favorite china for a fancy affair. Don't forget the fresh flowers for an elegant touch!
Fill your party glasses
Create a centerpiece of clustered champagne flutes, margarita glasses or wine goblets filled with confetti, fresh flower blooms, noise maker horns, sparkly year numbers, brightly colored candies or fresh fruits.
Have fun with feathers
Gather gold, silver or black vases in the center of the table and fill them with large white and black feathers for Parisian flair.
Add sparkle with light
Candles, light sticks or focused pin lights can be used to highlight an area. Groupings of brass or silver candle holders filled with mixed sizes of votive, taper or pillar candles make a bold celebratory statement.
The secret to a good start
The secret to getting the New Year off to a good start is to have fun doing so! Enjoy the creative process of decorating for celebrating.
Use your imagination and repurpose items you already have at home and add items for an updated flair. Paint. Glitter. Foil. Bead. Ribbon. Wire. What can you use to create trendy new looks with a little time and talent?
'Enjoy the decorating as much as the celebrating!'
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