New Year’s Eve is unique because it’s the one time of year when you can celebrate both the past and the future at the same time.
To make the setting as special as the occasion, we checked in with Felicia Rocker, our assistant visuals manager and Farmhouse coordinator, who offers these suggestions for dressing up your existing holiday decor for a year-end celebration:
Highlight the serving spot
Felicia sees New Year’s Eve as the perfect time to draw attention to your serving spot, be it a sideboard in a formal dining room or an island in The Entertaining Kitchen. To make a perfect buffet, use the prettiest of your MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check servingware, including the Courtly Check Three Tier Sweetstand and the Courtly Check Compote. You can mix in smaller decor items, including our wide selection of penguin pieces. Fun and festive, these little guys are a perfect blend of black and white, and they’re already attired for the occasion in their own tuxedos. Another bonus is that you don’t have to pack the penguins away after the holidays. They’ll transition into the next few months quite nicely and will provide a bit of whimsy amid the winter doldrums.
Mix in metallics
Add some sparkle and shine with metallic decor. Metallics add a timeless elegance and are also perfect for reflecting light. Silver and gold play particularly well off our beloved Courtly Check pattern. You can add more silver and gold in the form of an additional mantel garland or pop some fresh floral picks or ribbon into a centerpiece.
Let there be even more light
Your home is already lit for the holidays, but go ahead—add even more light by running strands of electric twinkle lights near your buffet station. Include some candles of varying heights for added ambiance. We especially like our Champagne Dots Dinner Candles from MacKenzie-Childs Glow. They’re decorated with hand-painted dots in either silver or gold that look like effervescent Champagne bubbles.
A bit of the bubbly
And speaking of Champagne, don’t forget the evening’s signature sparkling beverage, which if it is called Champagne, it must be from the Champagne region of France. According to the Champagne Official Website, Champagne should be served in a tall tulip glass, like our Blooming Champagne Flute, which allows the bubbles and the flavor to develop to its fullest. Also, chill your Champagne bottle in an ice bucket or a cooler to a temperature of 47 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and be sure to open and pour it properly and safely.
And while you’re sipping Champagne, dazzle your guests with the history of Champagne. Did you know it was a happy accident of sorts? It began when wines from the Champagne region stopped fermenting because of cold temperatures. The cold climate ensured that the sleeping yeast cells awoke again in the spring, creating carbon dioxide that resulted in Champagne.
Looking for more New Year’s Eve ideas for celebrating MacKenzie-Childs style? We’ve collected the perfect cocktails, recipes, and more here.
And last, but certainly not least, we wish you a very happy and healthy new year! May your joys and good fortune be abundant and your burdens be light and few.