Party Like it's 2011!

I'm (finally!) almost finished with my Christmas shopping and already thinking about New Year's Eve. Whether it's a cocktail party, a sit-down dinner for friends, or a quiet evening for two, I usually can't wait to dress up and break out my best entertaining items. This year, I'm sticking with a metallic theme: silver, gold, platinum and white, with lots of candlelight.

Here are a few other ideas for a memorable evening.

While your guests wait to countdown to midnight, break out the ping pong paddles and clear off the dining room table for a lively game.

Give your guests another reason to celebrate with a creative theme. Maybe it's "Happy New Year's 1962" with a Mad Men- inspired evening. Encourage guests to dress up and serve fun, retro cocktails and food.

Just before midnight, don't forget to pass around the New Year's Eve noisemakers, hats, tiaras and confetti. If you can, create your own balloon drop with some inexpenisve metallic balloons from party store.  (Tip: Make sure you get the metallic confetti that can be picked up with a magnet, otherwise you'll be finding confetti until 2012!)

Have a have happy holiday season and I'll see you in the New Year!

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Midas Glassware, starting from $25 at Design Within Reach; Ticker Tape Tidbit Plates, $50 at Kate Spade; Gold and Silver New Years Tiaras, $7.99 at Party City; Hungry Bowls (Set of 2), $175 at Design Within Reach; Stainless Steel Shiny Champagne-Wine Bucket, $39.95 at CB2; Footed Bowl, $29 at West Elm; Stainless Steel Snack Bowls, starting at $10.95 at CB2; Simplicity Flute, $2.95 at CB2



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Marble Cheese Board, $19.95 at
Crate & Barrel; Dwell Studio Woodblock Ink Cocktail Napkins, $32 at All Modern; Hula Glasses Set of 4 Cool Colors, $40 at Uncommon Goods; Ping Pong Cover and Paddle, $68 at Jonathan Adler; Cheers Wine Glasses (set of 6), $19.95 at CB2; Polka Dot Coasters, $20 at Kate Spade; Laguiole Natura 3-Piece Cheese Set, $29.95 at Crate & Barrel; Pop Rocks Glass, $14 at Jonathan Adler;

What's your favorite way to celebrate New Year's Eve? Chime in below!

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