20 Dec

A Sparkly “Midnight” Dinner Party for NYE

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

This festive New Year’s Eve Dinner Party photo shoot – styled by the lovely Courtney of Pizzazzerie – has me ready to bust out the champagne AND the glitter! I’m especially loving the sparkly wooden letters, midnight blue “clock” sugar cookies, and oh-so-clever custom menus that were designed to look like you’re viewing them from the top of a champagne glass!

While working on this post, I also learned a fun new factoid about black eyed peas (the kind you eat, not the kind you listen to!). More on this later…

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

Read on for more festive pics (as captured by Kristen Steele) + all the creative details, as told by Courtney


New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

“Pulling together the pieces for a glittery New Years Eve dinner party was very fun! Kate of Custom Paper Works and I came up with a festive color palette of black, gold and navy (or “midnight blue).

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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 Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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.

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 Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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 Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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 Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

Using an old terra cotta pot, I made a festive holder for the evening’s sparklers (pictured at top, in image #1). 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!

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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!

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!

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

BTW – the setting for this photo shoot was a high rise condominium building’s amenity floor – where many parties are held in downtown Nashville due to its cool city backdrop! HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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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bridal girl SAYS:

Your site always exceed my expectation! I love all your inspirations! Happy holidays!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 7:03 am

Yum Yum Tables SAYS:

That rooftop backdrop is AWESOME! I bet it’ll be even more spectacular at night with some fireworks.

Reply December 20, 2010 at 7:07 am

Amy @ Blowout Party! SAYS:

Beyond gorgeous! Courtney outdoes herself every time! I all the round elements. And the glitter letters are so glam.

Reply December 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

jacin SAYS:

love it all!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

The Iconic Blog.com SAYS:

Love this! How fun and festive!xx

Reply December 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

postcards and pretties SAYS:

so awesome courtney!!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

The Candy Tree SAYS:

Just gorgeous Courtney! I especially love the menus & namecards…the calligraphy is stunning and the little bubbles in the background are subtle but give a great effect! And all the sparkles…love it! Tanya x

Reply December 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

LaVonne SAYS:

Another AHHHH-MAZING table done by Pizzazzerie! :-)

Reply December 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Desiree @chic coastal living SAYS:

This is just beautiful! I love everything about it and had to share it on my blog today! Thank you for the great inspiration! Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Michelle SAYS:

this is perfect. I would love to do a new years party decorated like this..I’ll have to keep it in mind for future years..

Reply December 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

julie (etsy stalkers) SAYS:

love it so much it almost makes me want to host a new years eve party. almost.

Reply December 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Kori Clark SAYS:

This is so cute and I love the color palette and sparklers!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Mimi C. SAYS:

You guys are the greatest! Thanks for the ideas!

Reply December 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Summer SAYS:

This is tooooo cute. I just noticed those are black eyed peas in the sparkler dish. Great idea for a southern tradition. I love the colors too.

Reply December 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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