I don't know about y'all, but this whole year has been a blur...like lightning speed fast! And in all honesty, with the hoopla of school events, holiday parties and parades and such, I have yet to finish decorating my tree! Good thing all the aforementioned parties have been at friends' houses and not mine! LOL! So, while my house was a blank slate ready to be Chrismas-i-fied, I decided to style a little girl's New Year's Eve party, full of glitz, glam, and flamingos of course, to welcome in the new year!
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As a little girl I always pictured New Year's Eve as a night to get all dolled up to head out on the town, staying up late until that big ol' ball dropped, then getting a midnight kiss to seal in the magic of a new year ahead. Now of course, I'm lucky if I'm not already in pj's before 11pm CST to see the ball drop in New York! Funny how being an adult does that! Anyhoo...the former is exactly what I was going for when I styled this girly flamingle. A fun night spent with gal pals complete with a toast to friendship at the end of the night. So grab a glass of bubbly (or our mocktail version at the bottom of this post, although I won't judge, because it is 5 o'clock somewhere after all) and get ready to dance on the table!
When planning the decorations for a party, I always like to start with the colors and let things flow from there. For the NYE Flamingle I chose black, pink and touches of gold, because to me, gold just screams glam! And I just can't stop fla-mingling! Something about the silly birds with their long skinny legs just makes me smile, so any excuse to doll them up and add them to the decor is a win!
I love creating a focal point on the wall, especially one which can double as a photo backdrop for when everyone wants to bust out their phones for selfie time! (Sidebar...I hate the word selfie, but we live in a selfie world, so I'll roll with it!)
Seeing as I am the world's worst dish-washer, I always opt for paper plates, especially when it comes to parties for kids. Layering different sizes adds dimension and a more polished look. I also like to use place-cards at each setting so everyone has a designated spot to sit. Might seem a little OCD, but it helps with the mingling of gals who may not get to spend as much time together as they'd like.
The wonderful Shari's Berries sent me a box of the most delicious chocolate covered strawberries, and they arrived just in time to be the crowning jewels of the naked cupcakes I picked up at my local Target bakery. I love dressing up store bought baked goods for a more personalized touch.
The only thing better than a chocolate cupcake is one topped with a chocolate covered strawberry. To say they're tasty is an understatement! And hello...strawberry pink macarons? Yes please! I found them at HomeGoods (aka my home away from home when I'm not at Hobby Lobby or Target!).
Before ringing in a new year, I like to reflect upon the year we're saying farewell to, so I designed a quick printable that does just that. You can download the free Hooray for 2017 printable here.
What night would be complete without a midnight kiss?! Seriously though, why kiss a frog at midnight when you could have chocolate instead?
Last but not least, a toast to end the night! I whipped up a quick pink bubbly mocktail, but you could just as easily make it an adult version (or momma juice as we call it around our house!).
Thank you so much for stopping by...hope you enjoyed our little NYE flamingle! If you're up for more shenanigans and girly fun, follow along with Sugar & Spice on Instagram and Facebook!
Party Styling: Made of Sugar and Spice
Photography: Moments by Maredith
Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Shari's Berries
Pink Plates & Champagne Glasses: Party City
Gold Dot Plates: Meri Meri