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