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1 ) Think color

I’m a guy who loves neutrals and HAY has the best of them for those pieces you use over and over. But I think for New Year’s, it’s OK to insert something bold. For 2017, I am really digging the color red and have taken the vibrant hugh throughout the table with cranberries. I’ve paired it with green — some might call it Christmas — I just call it a classic.

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2 ) Go wild… with flowers

When the rest of the table is so styled, it’s nice to have something that feels a bit more free-style. My go-to’s: eucalyptus, wild pines, and anything green.

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3 ) Designated drinker

Speaking of cranberries, a welcome cocktail is also a requisite. I can’t get cranberries off of my mind and my taste buds are thanking me for it. Cranberries might be the centerpiece to my table setting, but you better bet there’s a fresh bowl sitting in the fridge ready to garnish your next refill.

 

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4 ) Personally personalized

Nothing says welcome like a hand-written personalization. You can do it in many ways, but I really like to take the time to plan seating and mark it with a personal note. Especially when a a fresh start such as the New Year comes around — it’s comforting to honor your friends a written boost.

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5 ) INTRODUCE THE UNEXPECTED

We all have little tchotchkes around our house — curated decorations to make life a little more personal. Consider borrowing from your shelves and take it to the dinner table. I’ve included some of my favorites: a mini sand hourglass, a decorative matchbox, and a special candle holder to go with it.

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6 ) pls do a Cranberry Mimosa

And as a bonus: a cranberry drink fit to ring in the New Year

Needed:

  • Cranberry juice (sweetened with sugar)
  • Lime
  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Chilled cranberries

Chill your champagne flutes in the freezer for 10 minutes. Squeeze one wedge of lime into the bottom of the glass. Like one would do with a regular mimosa, pour cranberry juice 3/4 of the way up the glass. Top with champagne or sparkline wine and garnish with the chilled, fresh cranberries.

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