Sunday, January 1, 2012

20 Great Ideas for a New Year's Eve Party: From Noelle's House to Your's

Welcome back to Noelle's house.  She and her husband Ben along with the help of Noelle's parents, who were in town from the East coast, threw a last minute New Year's Eve party. It was not only a blast but full of so many inspirational decorating and entertaining ideas.  We all does she do it?

Love the black front door with the fluffy white wreath complementing the round detailing in the wood.  Perfection!

The white manger is timeless.

We found these party balls at Scrap SF.  I love how Noelle reaches beyond the traditional green and red color scheme to decorate for the holidays.

Of course she has fresh garland lining the stairs.  But the gold, spray painted berries are a new twist on a old favorite. She packs away the berries and re-uses them year after year.

These are the felt balls that inspired my own.  Again, I love that Noelle uses so many colors for her's. She plans to re-use the felt ball garland for birthday parties and other celebrations.

Click here to learn how to make these felt ball garlands

Noelle fell in love with a beautiful old cart at an antique store but not the price.  To get ready for the last minute party, she took a crib that's not in use and transformed it into a bar cart.  So clever!

The centerpieces are spray painted babies breath she picked up for $4 a bunch.  They add a nice punch to the table scape.  She even spray painted some fabric she picked up from a discount fabric store (FabriX) to use as a festive runner.

How cute are these jars of sangria with little 2012 name tags and white straws?!

Even the Trader Joes cupcakes look stylish in this lovely table setting.

No sticky, dirty fingers grabbing handfuls of popcorn.  Noelle turned cardstock into cones so her guests could easily get their fill.

Canning jars with nuts and candies.  Love the simple string tied around them.

So many cute details.  A lot of different textures of white on the table.  So pretty and elegant.
We found this old push plate for the swinging door at Building Resources.  The tarnished brass is a nice, subtle contrast to the shiny orange door and just what this funky door needed.

What a festive living room.  Literally, my favorite Christmas tree ever.  My photos do not do this lovely, white tree justice.

Noelle carefully selects each and every ornament, collecting them over time. No boxes of 6 for this beauty. She even has hand blown glass ornaments and they're all very heavy, long lasting ornaments.
Even Noelle's everyday living room chandelier which she spruced up with Edison bulbs looks more festive during the holidays.
This chandlier was a cast-off from my remodel.  Noelle removed the gaudy beeds and placed new, modern candlestick sleeves from Kaarskoker on the fixture for interest,color and modern flair.   The round bulbs add the finishing touch and a little burn which Ben experienced while installing it.  Next on the honey-do-list is installing the dimmer switch to cool those bad bulbs down.

Spray painted pinecones.  Another hand-me-down idea from Noelle's house to mine. They are resting on a thin sheet of faux moss.

She considered buying linen napkins in a roll that you tear apart and re-use but didn't find great reviews of them online while contemplating the purchase in the store.  Instead, Noelle picked up some fabric at the store, tore her own cocktail napkins, and then washed them.  So clever!

Remember this fabulous cabinet that Ben built?  I just love the simple placement of clear jars with plants in them.  A perfect accompaniment to this simple yet stunning piece.

Noelle bought these saw horses at Home Depot for less than $40 each, painted them black and then grabbed an old door from my garage, painted it white and stuck it on top.  With two heat lamps, it's New Years Even outside in San Francisco!

She uses simple but elegant jars and succulents to decorate the table.

Great way to hang holiday cards.

Thank you Noelle and Ben for letting us tour your house again and for sharing your decorating and entertaining secrets.  Happy New Year!


  1. Love LOvE loVe it all.... Happy New Year to you and your Family!!!! kelly luciano

  2. Seems like a delighful place to to bring in the new year. Thanks for sharing!

    Glenn K.