December 30, 2008

New Year's preparations

I can't believe tomorrow is already New Year's Eve! Here are some fabulous ideas from Southern Living to spice up a New Year's celebration.

To add a little glamour to your drinks, Southern Living suggests wrapping pieces of ribbon around each glass and securing it with double-sided tape. Use glue to attach embellishments. SL gave ideas such as glitter card stock cut in fun shapes or stick-on jewels. Dress glasses according to your theme/color scheme.  

I love wishes! I think New Year's wishes sounds more fun that resolutions, don't you? SL had the brilliant idea to use leftover gift boxes from Christmas to make wish boxes. Spray paint them in glittery fun, cut two holes in the back and tie on a ribbon. Make sure to leave them open at the top. Cut out letters that say WISH out of cardboard (covered in glitter too, of course) and glue on the box, or I'm sure stickers would work as well. Hang the wish boxes from the back of each chair and provide scraps of paper so everyone can put wishes for the new year in their box.      

Another great idea SL had was to buy inexpensive cloth napkins, decorate with trim and using stamps, spell out Resolutions. Guests can then use permanent markers to write their resolutions on their napkins.

And last but not least, the southern tradition of black-eyed peas. These are to be eaten on New Year's day for good luck. This is a tradition that my family whole-heartedly believes in. I have to admit I am not a fan of black-eyed peas, but do I eat them on New Year's day? You bet! My mom sent me home with a can so I can partake in getting some good luck. Here is a recipe from Southern Living to spice them up a bit if you don't like them plain.
Dixie Caviar
1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 medium-size plum tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
2 green onions, sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup italian dressing
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Combine first nine ingredients in a large plastic bag. Seal and refrigerate for 24 hours, then drain. Spoon mixture into a bowl and stir in cilantro. 
*SL suggests serving the dip in endive leaves with a dollop of sour cream on top. This would be cute for a party! Otherwise, serve with crackers, tortilla chips or fresh cut-up vegetables like celery and carrots.  

P.S. Does anyone else eat black-eyed peas on New Year's day?


Preppy 101 said...

Love the idea of the napkins and Resolutions!!

Red and White Preppy said...

Love the ideas :) I will DEFINITELY be eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. I am quite superstitious about it!

goooooood girl said...

your blog is very good......

Lilly P. Wannabe said...

Too Cute!! I wish I was having a party!

Pink Maple said...

I love these NY's ideas, especially the wishes one.

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