Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A New Year's Eve Black and Gold Chocolate Party #YearofFeasting

With all of the planning, shopping, decorating and baking going on in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I don't know about you, but I often forget to even think about New Year's Eve. My thanks to Dannyelle of Life is a Party for forcing me (haha) to think about New Year's by making it the theme for our final Year of Feasting post of 2017.

A group of us did Year of Feasting posts for each season this year. Here are my spring, summer (Canada Day), and fall (Thanksgiving) blog posts. For my New Year's party, I chose a black and gold colour scheme, with a food theme of chocolate. Because chocolate. This theme assumes that people eat dinner before they come to your party. Or maybe not. Maybe they just gorge on chocolate. That would be okay for one night, no? Be sure to read to the bottom of this post to visit the other Year of Feasting bloggers' parties.

Several years back, my husband and I planned a chocolate themed party to celebrate (and, let's be honest, show off) our new hardwood flooring. But when the installers lifted the old tile, they found water damage in the floorboards underneath. We dealt with that and never did have our chocolate party. So it's time!

Our Year of Feasting blog posts this month are sponsored by Amara, sellers of gorgeous, show-stopping accessories and home goods for all rooms in your house. For my New Year's Eve black and gold table, I chose this beautiful black and white ceramic cake stand. Over on the far right of my table, above, you can also see this lovely smoke grey tealight candle holder.

I also crafted a few party decor items using my Cricut Explore Air™, like this "Kiss Me" cake topper in gold glitter cardstock (which I might be a bit obsessed with). I simply searched the available images in Cricut Design Space and found "Kiss Me" already written up in this font and format. All I had to do was send it to the machine for cutting and glue the topper onto a skewer (spray painted gold). It was a fitting New Year's Eve themed cake topper for this vegan chocolate cake with "buttercream" icing and broken chocolate sandwich cookies.

I already had this gold marbled paper table runner from Afloral, and then I spotted the pretty marbled gold Gunnison porcelain side plate at Amara. Clearly a match made in heaven. The plate is the perfect size for a delicious little vegan chocolate cheesecake from Daiya, which I topped with chocolate chips.

I also adore this matte black candlestick from Amara, above. It has such a lovely shape. As luck would have it, I had purchased a few black ornaments on clearance after last Christmas, as well as a couple of pretty gold garlands. They worked out well with my black and gold theme.

I cut some take-home favour boxes using this gorgeous gold and white foil embossed paper. I thought it would be nice to send guests home with some chocolate goodies for later. Start the new year off right with chocolate!

I also found this great project for New Year's Eve photo booth props in Cricut Design Space. I particularly like the lips and the top hat. The bow tie is a prop that I made for my daughter's Oscars theme birthday party a few weeks ago.

The countdown clock is pretty cute too. Okay, I like them all! (I didn't cut all of the props in the file though. I just deleted the ones I didn't want in Design Space.) I asked my husband to spray paint a bunch of skewers with gold paint (because hey, sometimes it's nice to recruit help). You can also use the disposable chopsticks that you get when you order sushi. We have a bunch of those in our pantry and I used them as the sticks for my daughter's birthday party photo booth props.

I also cut the Happy New Year banner with my Cricut. I hung a mix of matte and sparkly black ornaments (bought on clearance after Christmas last year) on white ribbons from the chandelier above the table.

More Ideas For a Black and Gold New Year's Eve Chocolate Party

  • Ask guests to bring a favourite chocolate item - it could be a dessert, a box of chocolates, any chocolate item to share with the group.
  • Serve champagne or sparkling wine, plus sparkling juice or water for kids or those who don't want alcohol.
  • Have a hot chocolate bar for those who might prefer a hot drink - put chocolate mix in a jar or serving dish (I used my milk glass dessert dishes) and mini marshmallows (mine are vegan pumpkin marshmallows) in another dish.
  • Look around the house for any black and gold decor items you already have. Vintage brass candle holders are a great option that you can source from thrift stores. Borrow gold ornaments and bead garlands from your Christmas decor.

What about you? Have you given any thought to New Year's Eve yet, or have you been too focused on Christmas?

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  1. Joann I love your party theme! A chocolate party for New Year's Eve sounds just about perfect. Love all your little cricut details too -and the black and gold.

    1. Thanks Dannyelle! I appreciate that so much! :) xo

  2. Oh my goodness, I'm not sure where to start! I LOVE that marbled paper and what luck to find the perfect plate to match! I simply love how you've hung those gorgeous black ornaments from your light fixture on beautiful ribbon, I am in love with how some are shiny and some are matt - like, I think I might have to tuck that idea away! <3 I really have to try a photo-booth prop idea too, I always love how they look, it's just so darn fun! Your party is beautiful! I hope you have a beautiful New Year's Eve and I am wishing you and your beautiful family the best for 2018! xo

    1. Yes, it was a stroke of luck to find the matching plate. :) Thanks so much for all your very kind compliments! I hope to get the kids using the photo props on the actual New Year's Eve. I wish you and your family a lovely New Year's Eve and a fab 2018 too! xo

  3. I love your black and gold palette so much! The banner is just stunning and the cake stand is almost as amazing as the cake that is on it! Great job.

    1. Aww, thanks so much Sarah! I really appreciate your kindness. xo