It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost over! Seriously, where has the time gone? But who doesn’t love a new year?! We get to start anew, make big plans and reminisce about the best parts of the previous year. Plus, it’s one more excuse for a party!
My favorite part of New Year’s Eve is the decorations. I love the mix of new and old, black and gold, glitzy and under-stated. If you’re hosting this year, I’ve put together 5 types of must-have salvage pieces for your New Year’s Eve party.
1. STATEMENT PIECES
Every party needs a piece that catches the eye and that party-goers can’t help but ask about. Upcycled pieces make perfect statement pieces because they are unique mixes of the past and the present crafted in new, imaginative ways. Since New Year’s Eve is about saying good bye to the past year and embracing the new year, they are also the perfect focal point for your party.
How to get the look – Select a rustic piece to act as your canvas, like metal or driftwood. Add some glitz by adorning with lights or jewels.
Photos: Left – Large orb ($49.50) and fairy lights ($25), Right – “The Wing” ($425)
2. A VARIETY OF SEATING OPTIONS
The best New Year’s Eve party includes your favorite people. Depending on when you start your party, the road to midnight could be a long one. To make sure your guests stay comfortable beyond the ball drop, have a variety of seating options. In selecting chair options, using reclaimed seating makes for a funky and fun vibe. Plus, they are also great convertible pieces, smoothly moving from one room or use to another. For example, have a small space? The bench that you use at the end of your bed can come out of your room and be additional seating at the dining room table.
How to get the look – To make it yourself: select a unique and sturdy piece from your local thrift or salvage shop. Create new life by painting it and using fun cloth to reupholster. No time to make it: you can always purchase finished pieces from your neighborhood upcylcing or vintage shop.
Photos: Left – Pair of upholstered chairs ($250), Middle – Antique love seat with throw pillows ($325), Right – Bench ($195)
3. DECORATIVE WAYS TO DISPLAY FOOD
Let’s be honest: Food can really make or break a party. Make your home-cooked meals look glamorous and on-trend by using creative food displays from old materials. Why? Because the way you display your food should also match the aesthetic you’re trying to create for the whole evening. So, go ahead – mix some old with some new!
How to get the look – Get creative! Stack old plates with new and re-imagine uses for your home goods to enhance your food display. For example, turn an old picture frame into a chic tray! (Check out one of our previous blogs for the how-to)
Photos: Left – Victorian-style dessert plate ($20), Right – Driftwood tray ($58)
4. MOOD LIGHTING
Setting the mood: it’s definitely important for any party, but especially for New Year’s Eve. Do it right by mixing the types of lighting for your guests. Have some decorative and colorful lighting on the tables by adding candles or clear lights to dyed mason jars. Add some drama with hanging lights from industrial materials. Then, draw attention to the setting sun by selectively placing sun-catchers or stained glass in your windows.
How to get the look – Save a few bottles from your recycling bin and add tea lights or battery-powered twinkle lights. Place around the room. Create your own sun catchers with picture frames and colored tissue paper. Hang in your windows.
Photos: Left – Hand-dyed mason jars ($10), Middle – Scalloped metal lights ($125), Right – Salvaged stained glass ($145)
5. PLEASANT SCENTS
Memories are made by engaging the senses. Don’t forget to treat your guests noses with pleasant scents throughout your home. Place scented candles in salvaged materials around your home to create a pleasant aroma. Keep the bathroom fresh by offering your guests hand-made soaps made from all natural materials placed on creatively re-used materials.
How to get the look – Find some funky old materials to place scented candles in and to display hand soaps on.
Photos: Left – Hand-poured soy candles ($13-$15), Right – Mystic River Soap ($6.50 – $7.50)
I’d love to hear the creative ways that you’re incorporating salvaged pieces into your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Let me know in the comments!