“Midnight” Themed New Years Eve Dinner Party

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New Years Eve Dinner Party

Photography by Kristen Steele Photography

This year, I was inspired to style a New Years Eve “midnight” themed dinner party atop a downtown Nashville condominium building. Partnering with Kate of of Custom Paper Works, we came up with a black, gold, and midnight blue color theme. She designed all the paper menus, confetti, signs, and place cards. She is one of our fabulous Paperie Guide companies.

Using an old terra cotta pot, I made a festive holder for the evening’s sparklers. I spray painted the pot navy, added a dusting of gold glitter, and filled it with dried black eyed peas. Black eyed peas are customarily eaten on New Years Eve for good luck – food so their presence added a fun little twist!

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new years eve place cards and cookies

To make the place cards/napkin rings, I attached each of Kate’s round name cards onto a 5-inch strand of ribbon, then glued the ends of the ribbon to the back of the name card to form a loop. Cute & easy!

new years cookies

The Midnight theme was also carried out with the adorable navy blue clock cookies by The Cookie Jar and “Midnight Reverie” dark chocolate bars by Ghiradelli, which made delightful favors!

I made my own “NYE poppers” filled with navy and black m&ms. Wrapped in gold wrapping paper and tied off with ribbon on each end, they doubled as festive party decor when placed in a large martini glass.

pinkcherrymama skewer signs for new years eve party

I worked with Pink Cherry Mama on the little wooden New Years Eve signs decorated with navy ribbon. I adore her work and couldn’t wait to stick these cuties down into some appetizers. They were perfect!

new years menus by kate of custom paper works

Kate’s custom gold menus turned out gorgeous – they were circular and designed to look as though you were viewing them from the top of a champagne glass!

new years signs

I knew I wanted to incorporate large wooden letters somehow, so I decided to use them as table decor. A bit of spray paint + craft glitter = a very easy DIY project! Pairing black spray paint with royal blue glitter also created a nice “midnight blue” color. (This idea would work well for other occasions too… a couple’s initials for a wedding, words like “JOY” or “BE MERRY” for a holiday party, etc.)

Champagne is definitely a New Years Eve MUST, so I used two oversize champagne glasses as holders for noisemakers and party horns. Even adults can have a little fun with these traditional New Years Eve “toys”!

new years party tablescape

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new years tablescape

grab sparkler sign

Kate also made “Grab a Sparkler” signs for the vases. The sparklers were grouped and tied with navy ribbon… all dressed up and ready for guests to grab just before midnight!

Thanks to Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess for featuring this styled party!

Styling & Design – Courtney Dial
Menus, Paper Signs, Confetti – Custom Paper Works
Cookies – The Cookie Jar
Happy New Year Wooden Signs – Pink Cherry Mama
Photography – Kristen Steele Photography

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    amber says

    Where did you find sparklers with the royal blue wire/stick on the bottom. Everywhere I look I can only find the the silver/metal wire.

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      Hi Amber. Mine are metal too. What you’re seeing are some skewers I painted navy with the little words “grab a sparkler” on top that are sitting in front of the sparklers. They are held together in 3’s by a little strip of navy ribbon.


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