As we settle into our new temporary place in Vienna for the next couple of months, I've been starting to think about the holidays...on one hand, it will be low key since, well, I'm not partying much at 35 weeks pregnant, and we're in a bit of a temporary status. But that being said, when you're in the heart of Vienna for holidays, you don't have to do all that much to feel festive. I mean, there are chandeliers hanging in the street right outside our windows...
The two New Year's Eve celebrations we had here are some of the ones I most fondly remember, and New Year's Day here is a day to take it all in and start the new year off right. To that end, Minted sent over a few paper goodies to help us prepare and here are a few inspirations for getting our family brunch set up in style:
1. RabLabs Platters: I absolutely love these - we gifted them to family last year and I immediately sincerely regretted I didn't bite the bullet and order one for us as well. We'll have to correct that this year!
2. Confetti for the table: Because it's New Year's and New Year's is for confetti!
3. Glucksschweins: In Vienna, "good luck pigs" are the symbols of the New Year (remember these?) so they'll feature prominently on the table in some form or other, preferably as chocolate truffles from Meinl's (still the world's most beautiful grocery store if you ask me - I love being around the corner from it once again!)
4. Happy Coupes: I don't have my collection of coupes here but Vienna outdoor markets always have reasonable ones in original sets, and Lobmeyr has less reasonable (but more glam) ones - maybe something a little more festive this year for the collection inspired by these? After all, champagne tastes better in a coupe.
5. Gold Flatware: need I say more?
6. Holiday Bling Party Decor: Like the New Year's Banner - these banners have become one of my favorite ways to instantly signal a party in a room...
7. Roses & Gold: Floral inspiration for the center of the table that will last well into the first days of the start of the new year...
8. Joy Stickers: A little reminder to put on a makeshift napkin ring of craft paper about the sentiment we should all have when the year crosses over.
9. Candles: While we will always have Vienna as first in our hearts as a post, Copenhagen is definitely growing with us and the fact that there really should be no winter meal or party without candles is one of the things that will come with us wherever we go.
10. The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day Concert: One day, we'll get tickets...one day...but in the meantime, the TV broadcast will have to do and there simply is no new year's in Vienna without it. The Philharmonic is just probably the best accompaniment to brunch that there is!
11. Menu Cards: I don't know what will go on them yet - something simple, something good, and something topped with Champagne for sure!