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December 28th, 2017

How to throw a super stylish New Year’s Eve Party

Gigi, from It’s a Sparkly Life blog, shares her best tips to organize a memorable New Year bash, from bar cart styling to home bar essentials, as well as some simple yet chic and festive cocktail recipes.

First things first, let's talk styling!


Looking for some last minute New Year's party inspo? Start with a well styled bar cart for an easy but gorgeous addition to any spot in your home. From a small condo space to an open living room, the opportunities are endless!

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    Maringa bart cart in gold pairs beautifully with the Serra candleholders and Samaria pink coasters.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Bar carts tend to get crowded real fast so I like to use mine to feature certain drinks and details. To keep it all cohesive, try sticking with one main colour. In this case, gold! From the Maringa bar cart itself to the gold Serra candle holders and the gold rimmed stemware - I kept it consistent. Metallics are also the perfect NYE touch! 
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    Shimmer flutes (coming soon) waiting to be filled.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • You want to keep a few glasses out for serving - but not all of them. Too much going on can make the bar cart crowded and visually unappealing. I like to have mine be the feature of the party!
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    Tara marble tray with golden handles makes a nice and practical
    display for bottles.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Fancy marble trays like Tara are always a good way to keep your accessories and stemware organized. And how fun are the gold handles on them? Perfect for pretty much every party!
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    Sefina vases in two different colour tones and heights, filled with Peony artificial flowers, add a pop of colour to the display.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

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    Assemble some roses in the Alma planter for a fresh and sparkling touch.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Flowers add a little freshness to any bar cart display. I love the blush tones on the Sefina vase; it adds a perfect pop of colour not to mention some height.  And this white Alma planter on the bar cart actually has some gold detailing. You guessed it, keeping up with the theme!
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    Keep Samaria pink coasters at hand for the guests.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Afraid of glass rings on your tables? Keep coasters in plain view on the bar cart so guests know where to find them. And if they're beautiful like these pink Samaria ones, they'll have no problem using them...
  • 1step
    Maringa bart cart in gold pairs beautifully with the Serra candleholders and Samaria pink coasters.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Bar carts tend to get crowded real fast so I like to use mine to feature certain drinks and details. To keep it all cohesive, try sticking with one main colour. In this case, gold! From the Maringa bar cart itself to the gold Serra candle holders and the gold rimmed stemware - I kept it consistent. Metallics are also the perfect NYE touch! 
  • You want to keep a few glasses out for serving - but not all of them. Too much going on can make the bar cart crowded and visually unappealing. I like to have mine be the feature of the party!
  • 2step
    Shimmer flutes (coming soon) waiting to be filled.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • 3step
    Tara marble tray with golden handles makes a nice and practical
    display for bottles.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Fancy marble trays like Tara are always a good way to keep your accessories and stemware organized. And how fun are the gold handles on them? Perfect for pretty much
    every party!
  • 4step
    Sefina vases in two different colour tones and heights, filled with Peony artificial flowers, add a pop of colour to the display.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • 5step
    Assemble some roses in the Alma planter for a fresh and sparkling touch.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Flowers add a little freshness to any bar cart display. I love the blush tones on the Sefina vase; it adds a perfect pop of colour not to mention some height.  And this white Alma planter on the bar cart actually has some gold detailing. You guessed it, keeping up with the theme!
  • Afraid of glass rings on your tables? Keep coasters in plain view on the bar cart so guests know where to find them. And if they're beautiful like these pink Samaria ones, they'll have no problem using them...
  • 6step
    Keep Samaria pink coasters at hand for the guests.

    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

Home bar essentials


For a small cocktail party of 6 to 8 people, I like to have 2 to 3 hard liquors available. Always a vodka and a gin, and then, depending on the crowd, either a tequila or a scotch. Wine is a crowd pleaser but there's no need to display all your bottles. I stick with having one out at time - this ensures you don't end the night with multiple open bottles of wine.

Having a larger party? Try keeping 4 different kinds of spirits on hand to please all palates.

As it's New Year's, champagne is always a must. I plan for multiple bottles cooling in the fridge. If you're on a budget, just stick to one glass per person for a New Year's toast. Around 3 ounces of champagne each lets 8 people toast per bottle.

Quick tip: Keep in mind that 750 ml of a spirit equals roughly 16 drinks. 



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Shirley tealight holder in gold makes a nice modern accent on the Maringa bar cart, as well as warming the ambiance.

Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

Here are a few other essentials that you need to keep on hand:

  • ice, whether directly on the bar cart or readily accessible in a cooler or freezer; 
  • small snacks: olives and cheese straws are perfect for nibbling and go great with cocktails; 
  • cold mixers and tonics: once again either on the bar cart or accessible in a fridge. For a small cocktail party, keeping them in the fridge is fine. However if it's a large party with over 10 guests, I'd suggest keeping everything out for ease.

Looking for some fun and easy cocktail drinks? 


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Time to celebrate!

Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

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The Pomegranate Citrus Martini (served in the Shimmer martini glasses – coming soon) will please all the fruity cocktail lovers.

Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

Try one of these cocktails with just three ingredients.
They are tried and true, easy to make and bound to be favourites! 

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    The Pomegranate Citrus Martini will please all the fruity cocktail lovers.
    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Pomegranate Citrus Martini

    • 2 oz pomegranate juice
    • 2 oz Orange liquor or orange juice (depending on how strong you'd like it!)
    • 1 oz Vodka

    Mix all three ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glasses. 

  • Pomegranate Citrus Martini

    • 2 oz pomegranate juice
    • 2 oz Orange liquor or orange juice (depending on how strong you'd like it!)
    • 1 oz Vodka

    Mix all three ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glasses. 

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    The Pomegranate Citrus Martini will please all the fruity cocktail lovers.
    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

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    A sophisticated yet simple way to serve champagne.
    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Rosemary Champagne Spritzer

    • 1 oz rosemary simple syrup*
    • 1 oz soda water
    • Champagne or sparkling water to top

    Pour simple syrup and soda water into flute. Top with champagne and garnish with rosemary sprig. 

    * To make a rosemary simple syrup, boil 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Cool and reserve liquid. The syrup goes great with a simple gin and tonic as well, and it can be made a few days ahead of time then stored in the fridge!

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    A sophisticated yet simple way to serve champagne.
    Photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault

  • Rosemary Champagne Spritzer

    • 1 oz rosemary simple syrup*
    • 1 oz soda water
    • Champagne or sparkling water to top

    Pour simple syrup and soda water into flute. Top with champagne and garnish with rosemary sprig. 

    * To make a rosemary simple syrup, boil 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Cool and reserve liquid. The syrup goes great with a simple gin and tonic as well, and it can be made a few days ahead of time then stored in the fridge!

And cheers to the New Year!

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Featured image photo credit: It’s a Sparkly Life, Lisa Renault