Sunday, December 27, 2015
Set Your Table With Flair--A Romantic New Year's Eve
Hello, friends! I don't know about you, but part of me insists that Christmas isn't over, and I want to hang onto a bit of the euphoria it brings. Alas, reality eventually sets in, and I begrudgingly must admit it's over...booo! It is almost another New Year! For me, the New Year may not bring those same feelings, but a feeling of a fresh start, of life anew, and a whole new list of goals I don't intend to keep ;)
When ringing in the New Year, I like things low-key, intimate and uncomplicated. Today, I will share a few simple ideas to help your New Years go off without a hitch! I hope you enjoy the post!
Admittedly, I am still trying to master this one. It can be challenging with a gaggle of hobbits in tow...but the earlier you can start preparing for your evening, the better.
Glasses for my favorite type of spirit for the occasion, Moscato D'asti.
I worked the frosting onto the cake by covering it up with a Viva paper towel and slowly running over it with my hand over the towel and a small spatula-shaped cheese knife. This buttercream works sooo well!
A sparkly ribbon makes for more pretty!
Add Some Sparkle
Adding a little bit of pretty bling is an easy way to make your event a bit more upscale.
A simple boxed cake becomes lovely just by adding a bit of gold! I began with a plain cake. I cut off a portion to make it as even as possible.
I placed the cake in the refrigerator and prepared a beautiful crusting buttercream frosting. To make a traditional crusting buttercream, I used 2 pounds of confectioners sugar, two teaspoons of almond extract, one cup of Crisco shortening, and 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons milk.
Mix the extract and Crisco shortening together. Add the confectioners sugar one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly and adding milk sporadically as needed.
I laid wax paper on the cake stand. This will ensure your surface remains clean while frosting.
I placed the cake on top of the waxed paper. Moisten the cake with a bit of water so the frosting will adhere.
Now that I have a smooth surface, it's time to add golden sparkle! The easiest way to do that was by using some Wilton treats I found at my local Michael's.
Edible spray paint
edible stars and gold dust....brilliant!
First, the spray.
Next, the dust....so pretty!
Edible gold stars!
I removed the waxed paper and added some gold stars to the platter as well.
This is the first time I've used a crusting buttercream, and I think I'm in love!
Gold stars were also added to the glasses. I dampened the rim of each glass and rolled it into the stars. You could also add a little in the glass once the bubbly is poured!
Strands of sparkly lights enhance the ambiance of the room
as well as the setting.
The ornaments (ball drop!) at each setting
are adorned with pretty ribbon as well.
Simple, uncomplicated elements combine to add romance and a bit of upscale fun!
I will be on a small hiatus as I vacation with my family. I thank each person who has stopped in to spend a bit of time with me, and for all of the kind comments! I wish the very best for all in 2016!!
Until next time....
From my collection:
Table linens and napkins, generic, TJMaxx/HomeGoods
Cake plate, Ralph Lauren Pavilion
Plates and saucers, Ralph Lauren Club Collection
Punchbowl, Antique Reed and Barton
Ornaments, TaiPan Trading
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