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!

Start Early
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.  

I begin early, with all the accoutrement necessary.....

Nothing fussy, pretty silver and uncomplicated flowers,

Simple white plates and linens,

Ornaments that bring in a little bling

Glasses for my favorite type of spirit for the occasion, Moscato D'asti.

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.

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!

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 pretty!

Edible gold stars!

I removed the waxed paper and added some gold stars to the platter as well.

A sparkly ribbon makes for more pretty!

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 
Stemware, generic
Ornaments, TaiPan Trading

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  1. Just gorgeous! I love the gold stars, makes everything so festive.
    Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!

  2. Your table for NYE is awesome - and I love love love love love your cake, frosting and edible bling idea! Who knew? I certainly did not - and will so be trying this one day! Thank you for sharing!

    Hope you enjoy your break - may your new year be filled with many blessings.


  3. Very pretty! Your guests will love the details.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  4. Absolutely elegant!! Thanks for that exquisite cake tutorial. I think I could actually do that. Happy New Year!!

    1. Thank you so much, and have a wonderful New Year!

  5. What a wonderful table buffet setting. Lovely cake and instructions! Happy New Year!

  6. Very elegant! Love the gold touches.

  7. Damn that cake looks good


  8. So glad you shared this too as it is beautiful! I am sure everyone will love it! Or already loved it!

  9. Oh, my, what an exquisite table! Your guests will feel like royalty when they partake of all your sparkles! Perfect for a New Year's celebration. Thank you for sharing this! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch P.S. I also LOVED your centerpiece!

  10. What a gorgeous cake! I appreciate the icing tips, I am so impatient when it comes to stuff like this~beautiful table, Happy New Year!

  11. Thanks you for that wonderful tip on making a cake even more fabulous. I will definitely remember that one. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  12. Everything is beautiful here, as always you are such an inspiration, what with the great cake, setting and fabulous photography!
    Happy new year sweetie.

    1. Thank you, sweet friend! Happy New Year to you!

  13. Simple? I think this is simply elegant! Love the dusting of gold on the cake and how everything just sparkles. We went over to our neighbors and all I had to do was bring a salad and a couple of games. Now that's simple. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Lol, you made me giggle, Jann! Thank you so much!

  14. Such a beautiful table! Love the simple elegance of it all, especially the cake. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm :)

  15. Just hopping by to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC today.

  16. Ohmygosh, that is so pretty! I just saw your feature on SYC, took a short break after Christmas and missed this post. So glad Jann featured it - it is just beautiful in its simplicity (and icing that cake as smooth as you did just doesn't sound as simple as you made it look!). Have a great rest of the week!
    Rita C at Panoply

    1. Thank you so much, Rita! I took a little reprieve as well....we all need one! :)

    2. Oooo, I'm glad I came to play catch up from March 2016 - I missed this post somehow! Beautiful cake and I didn't know about gold goodies for cake eating - yay! Inspiring as usual!

    3. Thank you very much for stopping by!

  17. I'm behind on my blog ready as I've taken a mini-break. But I finally made it to wish you a happy 2016, hope it's a good one.

  18. I just found your blog and I'm so glad that I did! Beautiful table!

  19. This is such a beautiful and elegant cake. Definitely a very elegant celebration. Love that gorgeous center piece too.

    You make everything so beautiful. Great photography.