New Year’s Eve Entertaining with Kim Seybert

Rather than go out for New Year’s Eve, one of my favorite things to do is stay in and have a cozy dinner at home. If you are planning to host friends and family at home for New Year’s Eve in a few days, there’s no reason you can’t go all out, even if you are staying in! I recently caught up with tabletop and entertaining expert, Kim Seybert to discuss her top tips for entertaining on New Year’s Eve. Kim says “When it comes to ringing in the New Year and throwing a dinner party, I like to go all out– to go as fabulous as one can get. Because why not? We’re welcoming another year, another milestone, so why not celebrate it to the max!”

{Kim Seybert at Home}

1. Since I collect a lot of vintage tabletop pieces, I like to mix them in with my own line. I have a collection of vintage plates and gold highball glasses, goblets and coupes, which lend tablescapes a layer of patina. They also make for great conversation starters.

2. Mixing metals is something I like to do as well. For New Year’s I will alternate between our Patina beaded silver and champagne placemats, as well as our Flare Napkin Rings in gold and silver. I will also use gold flatware paired with vintage gold water glasses and the Kim Seybert Platinum Paillette champagne flutes. I mix metals with my jewelry, so why not do the same with my table?

3. New Year’s Eve is all about merry making and having fun and keeping things light. Hence, I don’t want the table to be too formal. I like to throw in glittery confetti and ribbon on the table, plus party hats and holiday crackers.

4. When it comes to flowers, I stay away from elaborate floral arrangements in keeping with the fun and festive atmosphere. I use small bud vases and make petite arrangements that look casual and easy. Sticking to a monochromatic floral scheme is also a fabulous idea.

5. While waiting for everyone to show up, I like to serve a variety of cheeses and crackers, plus some fruit and crudités with champagne to get the ball rolling.

Above all, as a hostess I try to be calm and relaxed because I want my guest to feel at home and have a good time. Happy New Year!

{Photography Courtesy of Kim Seybert}

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