Friday, December 23, 2016

Celebrate It - NYE Decor and a Shimmery Champagne Cocktail

With New Years Eve so close to Christmas, it usually gets overlooked as far as decorating goes. Especially by me. I am so worn out after Christmas, planning a NYE bash is the last thing I want to do. So this year I decorated a small area in my home with what I am affectionately calling transitional NYE decor with the help of Minted. Basically just Christmas meets New Years eve decor so I only have to decorate once but am totally ready to celebrate the end of the year in style. Plus I created the perfect shimmery champagne cocktail to go along with the celebration, so I am totally ready for NYE this year!






You may have seen my gift guide for the entertainer a few weeks ago, and, well, I may have gotten most of the items on that list for myself. Oops. I don't think that was what was supposed to happen, but since I loved all the items so much, there was no way I could just recommend them to you and not get a few for myself! But now that I have some of the pieces, I can show you just how good they look together. Quite a few of the pieces are from Minted which is my favorite place to shop of stunning art work. They change out their curated selection quite often, so it's always a great place to look for something new. But in addition to art, they also carry a few home decor pieces like napkins and pillows with some of the art work printed on them which is all sorts of amazing.

So, using my gift guide as the jumping off point (feel free to reference it for the direct product links), I set up my space with a colorful rainbow tree then layered in new art work, printed napkins, and the cutest gold dipped modern trees from Minted. To finish I added in a few glasses, plates, flatware, and candles so when NYE comes, we are ready to party.




As you can see, the blue and gold tones don't scream traditional Christmas. So while there are still some Christmas pieces (like the gold dipped trees and ceramic reindeer), the the decor easily works for both holidays.

Now that we have covered the decorations, let's talk about everyone's favorite part of NYE. The cocktails! This shimmery champagne cocktail is the absolute perfect way to ring in the new year. The lemon and vanilla pair so well with the pink moscato champagne and splash of vodka. It's sweet and tangy and the perfect color of pink. And let's not forget the secret shimmery ingredient that takes this cocktail from good to show stopping.


 


Shimmery Champagne Cocktail
  • 1 scant shot of vodka
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice (meyer lemon if you have access)
  • 1 TBSP of vanilla simple syrup (add 1 TBSP vanilla bean paste to 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and heat until the sugar dissolves)
  • Pinch of Pearl luster dust (edible luster dust for decorating desserts you can find it in the baking aisle of most craft stores or baking supply stores)
  • Pink Moscato Champagne 
Add the first 4 ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well to combine, pour into a martini glass and fill with the champagne. Feel free to garnish with a lemon curl if desired.


 Cheers! Here's to a Merry Christmas and a bright New Year! See you next year! xoxo - Kara


Minted provided me with several pieces and this post does contain affiliate links which means that if you buy something I get a small commission, but the price remains the same for you. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep us sharing the DIYs.

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