Since Christmas arrives early here in Copenhagen, we thought why not just jump start all the holidays this year? That’s partially a joke of course, but New Year’s Eve is usually a big deal at our house. Not just because it’s a celebration of the good things in the year past and excited for what’s to come, but also because it’s diplo-husband’s birthday. And this year is a big one.
Naturally, he won’t be around to celebrate it in the traditional ways that we always do, but I wanted to make sure he still got a big bang of a celebration. So we hosted a surprise New Year’s Eve party…in September. Since we were at home in the US for some family things, with the help of family and friends, a party quickly came together that brought in all the best things about a good New Year’s celebration: loads of great people, bottles of champagne, good food, a dance floor and oodles of silly hats and streamers and fun stuff.
Everything was a bit last minute, but there were come great vendors that helped pull everything together in DC, and made planning from a distance about as easy as it could be. F. Scott’s was the art deco venue, which set the tone for the black and gold theme and made it easy to book food, bar, and cake all under one roof. Pelonkey, a new service that consolidates DJ’s under one roof made booking a DJ a breeze. In the end, the adults at the party ended up talking and talking and talking (as if we hadn’t seen each other in years or something – ha!) but the kiddies ruled the dance floor. So much so that my daughter has now requested a “dance party” for her upcoming 5th. Cheeky. Bash Booths set up a photo booth (and awesome backdrop to match) and then wove together pictures and messages into a going away video that we watched right before departure. And finally, Minted sent over party decorations in the black and gold theme from their Sparkle Everywhere line. In the end, organizing the surprise – which started with a “10, 9, 8…Happy New Year!” countdown while running around with a 25 lb toddler in stilettos kept my hands pretty full, so I’m sad to say I barely got a picture of the actual party. But that just means it remains even more sparkly in my mind, which is plenty.
And if a New Year’s Fete is on your agenda for this year, here are a few more to inspire from our Black + Gold + Confetti theme! So, where will you ring in 2o16?