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A Sparkly “Midnight” Dinner Party for NYE

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New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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…

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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


New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

“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).

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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”!

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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!

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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!

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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!

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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!

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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!

New Year's Eve Dinner Party Ideas

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

By |2018-05-15T14:10:13-07:00December 20th, 2010|New Year's Eve|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. bridal girl December 20, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Your site always exceed my expectation! I love all your inspirations! Happy holidays!

  2. Yum Yum Tables December 20, 2010 at 7:07 am

    That rooftop backdrop is AWESOME! I bet it’ll be even more spectacular at night with some fireworks.

  3. Amy @ Blowout Party! December 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Beyond gorgeous! Courtney outdoes herself every time! I all the round elements. And the glitter letters are so glam.

  4. jacin December 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

    love it all!

  5. The Iconic Blog.com December 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Love this! How fun and festive!xx

  6. postcards and pretties December 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

    so awesome courtney!!

  7. LaVonne December 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Another AHHHH-MAZING table done by Pizzazzerie! :-)

  8. [email protected] Designs December 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Courtney – this is GORGEOUS!! I love the backdrop and all the sparkles! The menus are really glam along with the whole theme and color scheme!! GORGEOUS!! GROGEOUS!!

  9. The Candy Tree December 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Just gorgeous Courtney! I especially love the menus & namecards…the calligraphy is stunning and the little bubbles in the background are subtle but give a great effect! And all the sparkles…love it! Tanya x

  10. Mimi C. December 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    You guys are the greatest! Thanks for the ideas!

  11. Desiree @chic coastal living December 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    This is just beautiful! I love everything about it and had to share it on my blog today! Thank you for the great inspiration! Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

  12. Michelle December 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    this is perfect. I would love to do a new years party decorated like this..I’ll have to keep it in mind for future years..

  13. julie (etsy stalkers) December 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    love it so much it almost makes me want to host a new years eve party. almost.

  14. Kori Clark December 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    This is so cute and I love the color palette and sparklers!

  15. Summer December 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    This is tooooo cute. I just noticed those are black eyed peas in the sparkler dish. Great idea for a southern tradition. I love the colors too.

  16. Bill Robinson December 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    A wonderful experience, providing many new ideas and thoughts about how to organize and arrange a stupendous dinner party or special event. Colour and glitter obviously attract the attention needed to make the event a success. A link from us is pending. Love it!

  17. Tanya~ Save the Date for Cupcakes December 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I love the midnight blue! The menu & sparklers are fab!

  18. Maja December 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I would love to be in NY at this time! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  19. Maureen Anders December 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Courtney – this is fabulous! Love the color scheme and the detail!

  20. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie December 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you Jenn for the sweet feature and thanks for all the comments! Made my week! :)

  21. Carrie @ Half Baked - The Cake Blog December 21, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Love it Courtney! Great colors and truly adorable cookies!

    • Lisa @The Cookie Jar December 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Carrie – Thanks for the sweet comment on my cookies!

  22. Katherine December 29, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I just love this NYE party! There are so many good ideas.

  23. Melissa December 31, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Glamourous! I love the dark navy blue and gold accents.

  24. Lee January 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I love this- all the details are prefect and flow together great! Thanks for this share – love the idea!

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