NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

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While everyone is focused on this week’s holiday, it is not too early to start thinking about the other big holiday right around the corner, New Year’s Eve. Whether you prefer hosting or attending, going out or staying in, big party or intimate, start planning your New Year’s Eve activities now. End the year making memories to last a lifetime and ring in the New Year with class, style, and panache.

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SEQUINED PARTY DRESS

Forgo the usual little black dress for New Year’s, and sparkle and shine in some “bling” this Season. Try sparkling sequins for a change of pace, perfect for New Year’s Eve. We love the great selection of Hale Bob sequined cocktail dresses, paired with chic Jimmy Choo heels for a sparkling holiday night.

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Or for a change of pace, go with gold sequined leggings paired with chic black pumps and a cream silk Hale Bob blouse. Either way, you are sure to shimmer and shine this New Year’s Eve in sequins.

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PARTY CART

If you are entertaining at home this New Year’s Eve, we love the fabulous idea of a rolling “bar” cart. Grab a cart from your local flea market or garage sale, and decorate with checkered paper to cover the trays. Next, fill your cart with an ice bucket, a selection of glasses, mixers, drinks, and small party horns to pass around to your party guests. A perfect solution to keep your guests partying all night long.

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LAST MINUTE DRINK IDEAS

Didn’t have time to prepare for New Year’s Eve? For an elegant and simple solution, grab ordinary champagne glasses and fill each with rock candy. Place glasses on elegant silver trays on the table for an elegant centerpiece as guests arrive. Just before midnight, fill glasses with champagne for the toast, and re-fill as needed after the toast. To select the perfect champagne for your party, see this easy to use champagne guide for the perfect brand of bubbly.

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For non-drinkers or children, a fun solution is to fill champagne glasses with cold frothy milk and top off with homemade cookies or gourmet cookies from Harry and David. New Year’s entertaining can still be fun and festive without all the stress and hard work.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE DECORATING

When thinking of decorating for New Year’s Eve, try fun and festive touches through the house, uncomplicated yet elegant. Collect your favorite gold and silver variety of candles on top of a silver tray and light for a glittering and cozy touch. Collect gold, silver, and black masquerade masks from your local costume store and fill into clear bowls. Add a collection of gold party horns and confetti poppers stored in glass goblets for your guests at midnight. You can even make your own custom confetti party poppers with this easy DIY party popper guide, filled with surprise candy.

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DATE NIGHT NEW YEAR’S EVE

Reserve your spot NOW at your favorite restaurant spot for you and your date this New Year’s Eve for an intimate way to ring in the New Year. If the thought of being with a bunch of people seems overwhelming, grab your date and celebrate with a romantic dinner out. It can be as simple as dinner out, or look for New Year’s Eve celebrations complete with dinner, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. Check out your city’s favorite New Year’s Eve spots at Gayot. Let someone else do all the work this New Year’s and relax your way into 2015.

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CITY CELEBRATION

If you are lucky enough to live in New York City, Times Square is THE place to be on New Year’s Eve with the Ball drop at midnight. Las Vegas also participates in city-wide activities with the Strip transformed into one big block party and a choreographed fireworks display at midnight. Check out great deals at Innkeeper Vegas. Most cities across the US celebrate New Year’s Eve with special events and activities. Check your local listings, gather friends and family, and celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night out on the town. Even if you do not want to go out on New Year’s Eve, plan a “Ball Drop Party,” invite friends and family, and gather around for a televised version of the midnight ball drop.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE HAIR

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to try something new and fresh for the coming New Year. Try our top three hairstyle pick’s popular this year. To get Diane Kruger’s chic ballerina bun, seen across the runways this Season, spritz hair with a shine spray like Kerastase. Sweep hair into a high ponytail at the crown, twist hair into a topknot, and secure in place with embellished jeweled hairpins. Complete the look with a spray of Bumble and Bumble holding spray. For Amanda Seyfried’s “classic Hollywood” sideswept waves, popular on the Red Carpet this year, set hair into hot rollers, tousle hair, and touch up with a curling iron. Complete the look with a spritz of TIGI Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray to last all night long. Finally, we love Taylor Swift’s embellished jeweled hair accessories. Try the great selection of hair jewels at Anthropologie or Nordstrom. Try something new this New Year’s and go for a new hairstyle look, sure to dazzle and shine.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE APPETIZER TRAY

If you are running out of time and are not sure what to serve your guests for New Year’s Eve, we’ve got the perfect solution. Grab a selection of your favorite chips and crackers, and serve them in style in a classic top hat. Serve a variety of different dips in martini glasses. Rather than rely on the basic ranch or bean dips, surprise your guests with new dips found at Caramel Potatoes. For a sweet tooth, also serve Stacy’s Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips with a sweet dip to satisfy everyone on your New Year’s Eve guest list.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE TABLE SETTING

Rather than dealing with the restaurant crowds, you might opt for a more formal dinner on New Year’s Eve at your home. We love this elegant yet festive table setting idea perfect for the celebration. Set your table with a white table cover, set with silver place settings, and a champagne bottle service as your centerpiece. Find easy to print “Clock Printables,” print, and insert on your silver chargers placing a clear glass plate on top for a stylish yet elegant New Year’s Eve table. Place a party horn and party popper at each setting for the big midnight toast and you are ready to celebrate in style.

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DIY NEW YEAR’S EVE GLITTER GIFT BOTTLES

For a simple yet glittering New Year’s Eve party favor or decoration, decorate your own mini-champagne bottles to give as gifts for your guests. With Mod Podge, finishing spray, and glitter, you’ll have the perfect New Year’s Eve gift for your guests. You can also decorate your champagne and wine bottles for a glittering and festive centerpiece or beverage table display. Follow the simple Glitter Champaign Bottle Tutorial and you’ll be ready to greet your guests with style.

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Whether you opt to stay in or party the night away, try some of our New Year’s Eve ideas and suggestions for this year’s celebration. Check out more creative ideas at our Pinterest Board New Year’s Eve. As you prepare for your New Year’s event, cherish the memories of the year and look forward to the new things to come. We thank you, our readers and followers, for the support and look forward to hearing more fashion ideas and tips from YOU in the coming year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Posh at Play!

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS OLD AND NEW

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With the Holidays right around the corner, we here at Posh at Play are getting into the Holiday Traditions, both old and new. The Holidays are great time to reflex and reflect on not only the past year, but also the new year to come. It’s a time of giving and sharing, and a time to reflect on how and why we do the things we do. What are the Holiday Traditions that bring us “home” every year, and what are the new Traditions to investigate to make each holiday season special and unique? We want to hear from you our readers. What are some of your favorite “must-have” Holiday Traditions and what are some new Traditions you would like to try this Season? To give you a head start, we’ve gathered a list of Old and New Holiday Traditions we love. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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ADVENT OR ELF ON THE SHELF?

A much loved Holiday Tradition for young and old alike is counting down the days until Christmas Day. A favorite is the Advent calendar, tracing back to19th Century Britian, with the first known published Advent calendar produced in 1851. One door, featuring a Christmas image or small present, is opened per day starting December 1st, and continuing  through the 24 days of December, building anticipation and excitement for Christmas Day. We love the beautiful selection of Advent calendars found at Byers’ Choice Lmt. A newer Holiday Tradition many are embracing is the “Elf on the Shelf,” a tiny Elf doll who is sent from Santa starting December 1st to monitor good behavior each day of the month. Each night, the Elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa all he has seen and heard and “reappears” in a new hiding place each day. The fun is to find where the Elf may be hiding each new day. Which countdown to Christmas do you prefer?

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REAL OR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE?

A winter tradition going all the way back to the Egyptian times, decorating with a tree during winter symbolizes the hope for Spring ahead. Right after the Pumpkin Patches start disappearing after Halloween night, the stands start stocking up their lots with a variety of real Christmas pine trees. A much loved Holiday Tradition is to pack into the car and shop for a Christmas Tree at the local stand a few days before Christmas. With the fresh smell of pine, a real Christmas Tree warms the home instantly. Some, however, prefer the easy-does-it set up of a pre-lit artificial Tree, for easy set up and take down. Artificial Trees are also suitable for those allergic to pine trees or those who love to decorate early for the holiday. We love the beautifully realistic artificial Christmas trees at Balsam Hill in a variety of sizes and styles. Which do you prefer? Real or artificial?

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TRADITIONAL OR THEMED HOLIDAY COLORS?

Red and green, the traditional colors of the Holidays, harken back to the Roman times when wreaths made of holly and ivy were given as gifts, looking forward to the promise of Spring ahead. Today, many still decorate homes, offices, and buildings with the traditional colors of Christmas from wreaths, to Christmas trees, to table settings. However, a current trend is to decorate around a Winter Theme, from “Frozen,” to Candy Cane Lane, to Winter Wonderland, complete with ornaments and decorations surrounding each specific theme. What is your favorite decorating Holiday theme?

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A favorite Holiday Tradition is the the iconic Christmas tree. Decorated with ornaments and lights, the real or artificial pine Christmas tree is seen all over the cities from homes to offices to schools to stores. Many love to host a “Christmas Decorating” party in which guests help decorate the pine tree  over socializing and snacks. A newer modern Holiday Tradition is using tree branches, lights, or other creative ideas to form a “Christmas tree” shape made out of other materials. Some even use the “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” with one lone red ornament and a tree branch as the centerpiece of the Holiday Tree. Do you decorate with a Christmas tree or go the modern route?

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CHRISTMAS DINNER OR CHRISTMAS MOVIE ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

On Christmas Day, a favorite Holiday Tradition is to wake up early, open Christmas presents, and then prepare for a big Holiday Christmas dinner with family and friends, enjoying spending time with loved ones over a feast of wonderfully prepared food and drinks. Check out the delicious and easy Christmas meal ideas at Food & Wine. In recent years, “family” has come to not only include relatives but friends, extended family, or those with no family to go to over the holidays lending to new Christmas Day traditions including going to see a movie on Christmas Day, as well as other festive activities like shopping, going out to a restaurant, or site seeing. Film companies often release their year’s top hits into theaters on Christmas Day. Check out IMDB’s film releases for Christmas Day and choose which flick you will want to enjoy.  How will you celebrate this year, with a big home cooked meal or try something new and unique, but just as festive?

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BING CROSBY OR IDINA MENZEL?

A great Holiday Tradition is holiday music blasting through the home and car all Season long, making things merry and bright. There are so many wonderful Christmas and Holiday albums worth enjoying throughout the Holidays. Enjoy old classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” for a good old fashioned Christmas season, or go modern and pick up Broadway star Idina Menzel’s “Holiday Wishes” filled with updated versions of all the holiday classics. Which one will most likely be filling your home this Season?

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HOMEMADE GIFTS OR STORE BOUGHT GIFTS?

Traditionally, all presents used to be handmade toys, cookies, soaps, and woodcrafts that friends and family would spend time working on and keeping a secret from their loved ones until Christmas Day dawned. The holidays have since turned into a haze of shopping madness with stores pushing to buy more, more, more. This season, consider crafting your own homemade lotion, soap, cookie recipe, or other creative ideas found at Buy Nothing Christmas. If you do decide to buy your gifts at the store, thinking creatively, not expensively. Think from the heart and choose a gift that will mean something from you to them. Whichever way you choose to give gifts this year, remember the reason for the season.

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OLD FASHIONED SLEIGH RIDE OR ICE SKATING?

For a festive winter out, couples used to wrap in a cozy wool blanket, cuddle together, and take a ride in the sleigh, enjoying each other and the crisp winter weather. Some climates still allow for an “old fashioned” sleigh ride through the wintery white snow just like days of old. Instead of complaining about the frosty winter weather, consider enjoying a ride through the snow. A more modern twist is enjoying a skate for two, or gather the entire gang for a glide around the rink. Many cities today set up outdoor skating rinks during the winter season in the downtown areas. Check your local city for details and enjoy some fresh Winter Wonderland. Which festive Winter activity do you find most appealing?

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Holiday Traditions old and new are always a fun, festive part of the Holidays. Traditions warm our hearts and bring joy and cheer to end the year on a happy and thoughtful note as excitement builds for a fresh, new year to come. Whether you prefer old traditions like Christmas trees and handmade gifts, or new traditions like seeing a movie on Christmas or listening to Idina Menzel, make traditions a part of your festive holidays. We’d love to hear YOUR ideas on what the holidays mean to YOU. What are YOUR favorite Holiday Traditions from the ones we’ve listed? What Holiday Traditions do YOU love best?

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM POSH AT PLAY.