Monday, December 29, 2014

Let's Play: A New Year's Eve Party

On New Year's Eve last year, I moved apartments and sipped champagne in a room empty of furniture or decor while watching movies. The year before, we visited a few breweries and celebrated a best friend's birthday with her crying after too many shots of Jameson in our apartment. The year prior to that, we tried to go out in Seattle but found cabs to be lacking, Uber Black to be expensive for a crowded ride through the city, and Ballard to be too crowded in the nice bars/too empty in the lesser bars to really be a "rockin" New Year's Eve. I think Ben and I got in some kind of multiple-hour long argument and we slept on a friend's floor. If that's any indication of how successful my New Year's Eves have been, then I think you can guess that I'm not jumping at the chance to wear an itchy sequined dress and run about the city counting down at midnight.

So when Suzannah suggested that a few of us come together to plan a styled New Year's shoot, we all jumped at the chance to find something: classic, low-key, and easy to pull off. Enough of this "it's January, let's wear short dresses without tights" or "I bet cabs are easy to get on New Year's Eve in the U District" business. A classic game night for a bunch of friends, two couples, or even your parents/children/family members was born. What is easier than laying out dominos, some bubbly, and having close friends over to thrown confetti when the ball drops? I know that I far prefer great conversation and constant laughs with friends you can unashamedly play Cards Against Humanity with to expensive cocktails in a crowded city. So this NYE party is for the homebody, the low-key partier, the one with a little one at home to get back to, and the person that wants to get to bed the second the New Year's countdown is complete. 

Looking for more inspiration for this party? Stay tuned all week for Suzannah's party post, a great Manhattan recipe, oyster and tabasco appetizer inspiration, a panna cotta dessert recipe, a bit more on New Year's Style that forgoes sequins and focuses on comfy neutrals, and an awesome set of free printables from Jenni for your party!

Photos: Mary Boyden

Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed - WebsiteFacebookInstagram
Cocktail Napkins: Hen House Linens— Website
Love Print: Jen Ramos of MadeByGirl
Calligraphy: myself
Printables: Jenni of A Well Crafted Party

Suzannah of Create-EnjoyWebsiteFacebookInstagram
Jenni of A Well Crafted PartyWebsiteFacebookInstagram


  1. This was just so much fun... I'm in love with the way it turned out! So glad we're able to share all these amazing images!! :)

  2. Fabulous NYE party! I love staying in for NYE; we do a New Year's Day pajama party instead. But I love the idea of a game night! Beautifully styled. Happy New Year, Kelsey!

  3. How cute! I love the picture with the glitter!
    xo, Scarlett
    The Trendy Chick

  4. Absolutely adorable! :) Especially lusting over those invites. Very well done, ladies! :) Xo, Alison

  5. The photos are fantastic! Such a great idea - I LOVE games!

  6. Love the confetti shot! Great styling too :)

  7. Great pics! So much fun!

    I wish you happy holidays!



  8. Looks like fun!

  9. You seriously came up with the CUTEST NYE party idea. Love that it's stay at home and a game night, I may suggest we play some games while we watch the Ball Drop and sip on our mini champagne bottles.

  10. great photos! loving all the little details!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  11. amen to the homebodies! I love the clocks touch!

  12. Happy New Year! I love staying in on New Year's Eve. :)

  13. Love this shoot – thanks for sharing! That is exactly how I want to spend NYE... with a few of my favorite people & a few bottles of Champagne. :)

    xo, K

  14. Such a great fun to visit this amazing blog. Thanks for sharing. I love it!!!


  15. So fun! And I am ob.sessed. with that coffee table!


  16. This looks like so much fun, such a great idea!

  17. Yay! I love your personal writing, too! So fun working with you!

  18. Haha I totally hear you about terribe NYEs ... thank goodness we're grown ups now and can wear warm clothes and stay home :)

  19. Laetitia-FrenchFries&ApplePieDecember 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    lovely picture and you can definitely tell you had fun in planning this! Good job!
    Besides, ending up in crapy NYE plans has been something I have experienced quite a lot too.. NYE is over-rated and sometimes, celebrating a year coming to end is a simple as a nice home made dinner made with your significant other, a nice bottle of wine and a great movie!
    I hope you enjoy this Year's!


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