Happy New Year! (and Friday Link Love)

I have to take a moment this morning to thank you all for an incredible year. To my readers who come here every day to share a little inspiration together, to the vendors who continually amaze me and so graciously allow me the honor of sharing your work, and to the sponsors who help keep this site running along – I appreciate and love each and every one of you. I am looking forward to big, happy, exciting things in 2011 after a tremendous 2010, and I truly can’t wait to see what the new year brings. I wish you all a holiday weekend full of love, joy and endless sparkle. See you in 2011!

Great New Year’s Eve fun for families and kids

New Year’s resolution printables

A touch of old Hollywood glamor

Simple and festive DIY New Year’s celebration

Sparkle sparkle sparkle

A lovely winter wedding

Were money no object, I’d be wearing this tonight

Even more sparkle. Even more shine.

{Photo by Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty.}


Sequins + Glam for the New Year

We are celebrating the new year in quite low key fashion this year, but boy oh boy am I in love with sequins right now. For sure, if we were celebrating New Year’s Eve with greater fanfare I’d have to go out bedazzled and bedecked with sparkle and sequins and maybe even a bow or two. Nothing says ‘Happy New Year!’ quite like a little glitz and glam.

{Photo by Mi Belle via Santa Barbara Chic.}

{Photo from Free People via Pinterest.}

{Photo by Mischelle.}

{Photo from Urban Outfitters via This Is Glamorous.}

{Photo via The Cherry Blossom Girl.}


Celebrating the New Year with Glitter + Gold

I’m delighted this morning to be sneaking in one final dose of holiday inspiration from the amazing Kate Martin of Beautiful Days. (Revisit Kate’s ice skating party and Christmas celebration for more of her inspired party ideas.) This holiday celebration, decked out in homemade paper chain garland and loads of sparkle and shine from glitter and mercury glass, is full of festive ideas perfect for New Year’s Eve. Pick a monochromatic color palette with as much glitz as you can find for major impact, then set up a prosecco bar and let guests mix up their own special New Year’s eve cocktails and if you’ve got an instant party.

{Photos by Brea McDonald.}


An Elegant Wine Country Celebration

When the lovely Donna Romani of Donna Romani Events shared photos of this stunning celebration she threw for her staff to celebrate the close of their 2010 wedding season, well, let’s just say I was completely blown away. What an amazing boss! What gorgeous festivities! Each of the ladies received an invitation and was later surprised with a limo to pick them. They were whisked away to San Ysidro Ranch where they were surprised with dinner, wine, and little blue boxes from Tiffany tucked inside tote bags designed with a map of downtown Santa Barbara on the front, hand-drawn in beautiful calligraphy. A little sweet indulgence and the royal treatment from the staff at San Ysidro Ranch and these ladies celebrated in lush elegance.

Isn’t this just beautiful? I think it’d make an absolutely incredible bridal shower, too. Thanks for sharing, Donna, and congratulations on an amazing year!

Vendors -
Photography: Whitney Elizabeth Photography
Event design, planning, stationery + flowers: Donna Romani Events
Venue: San Ysidro Ranch
Linens: La Tavola Linens
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals + Designer8*
Totes: Lazaro Press

{Photos by Whitney Elizabeth Photography.}


Ring in the New Year Party Printables

I’m happy to bring you one last holiday download for the 2010 holiday season today! Tricia at {every}nothing wonderful put together an incredible collection of New Year’s party printables, taking care of all of your entertaining needs this weekend. From invitations to labels to envelopes, from bunting to menus to signage to drink flags and more, Tricia has left no detail to chance. Designed with the intent to be highly customizable (just edit and enter your own party details), these are as equally perfect for a New Year’s Day brunch as they are for a festive New Year’s Eve soiree. (p.s. Because the text on these templates is completely customizable, you can use them for any upcoming event!)

Planning a New Year’s celebration? Download your New Year’s Eve Party in a PDF, part 1 and part 2.
(Please note: These files are a little larger than usual so please allow a few minutes to download.)

{Designs + photos by {every}nothing wonderful.}