By Mandy Wasielczyk | December 23, 2015 | Lifestyle
As New Year's Eve approaches, we turned to Syzygy Events designer Mandy Wasielczyk. Below, Wasielczyk shares how-to's on ringing in 2016 in style.
I have a confession to make—I’m usually not one to celebrate New Year’s Eve. After an explosive holiday season as an event designer decorating numerous private parties, corporate holiday events, winter weddings, and Christmas-themed installations, I’m pretty much spent. However, this year I plan to party until the wee hours of the evening with my friends hosting a roaring 1920s and art deco celebration.
Influenced by the iconic and glamorous decade, this theme is fun to to create in the space of your own home. Here are a few simple ways you can achieve the same lavish and sophisticated celebration for NYE.
Art deco design is usually classified by its geometric shapes and symmetrical curved lines. Play around with various bold patterns, textures, and graphics, but keep a cohesive color palette in mind. Nothing is more timeless than a simple black and white color palette, with bold pops of metallic gold and silver.
Vintage bar carts are one of my favorite pieces to feature in a home. Splurge and find one from an antiques store. Pull out any eclectic stemware, glass decanters, and candles, and add some gold-painted magnolia or bay leaf garlands for a festive finish.
Encourage your guests to embrace the theme of the night by donning detailed embellishments, longer hemlines, and looser silhouettes for the ladies and tailored suits for the gentlemen. I love relying on Rent the Runway for special occasions such as this. DIY a show-stopping headpiece with feathers and jewels to complete your look.
No New Year's Eve party would be complete without champagne, but our palates prefer bubbly mixed into a cocktail. Below is a recipe for one of my favorite drinks, courtesy of Martha Stewart:
With a vegetable peeler, remove zest from each lemon in a long, continuous spiral. Juice lemons and strain pulp. Set aside.
Heat sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add zest. Let syrup cool completely for approximately 2 hours.
Pour champagne, vodka, lemon juice, and syrup into a punch bowl and stir. Serve in glasses with candied peels.
Provide your guests with something to toss when the clock strikes midnight. Confetti and glitter can prove to be a hassle during clean-up, so we love the idea of shredded metallic mylar.
From our family to yours, have a safe and happy New Year's Eve. Cheers!