Designer Picks: New Year's Eve Swag

The West Elm Manzanita Candelabra via Westelm.comThis is it — the last week of the year. The gift-giving holidays are finally behind us, and now it’s time to party. For some, New Year’s Eve is a casual night filled with beer and takeout Chinese food. For others, New Year’s Eve is about sparkle and glitz — a little “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. I personally love a fancy New Year’s “do” and see no reason why it can’t be done in various budget categories. What follows are “high and low” pairings of seven essential items for a glamorous New Year’s Eve soiree. 

Champagne Buckets

High: Vintage Hand Chased Silver Champagne Cooler: For the height of glamour, Dragonette Ltd. offers a beautiful vintage Champagne Cooler. This large piece will keep three bottles chilled at the same time. ($650.00)

Low: West Elm Champagne Bucket: The stainless steel champagne bucket from West Elm can be engraved with a last name or monogram, bringing old-world elegance to this reasonably priced party bucket. ($39.00)

Champagne Flutes

High: Simon Pearce Cavendish Champagne Flute: The Cavendish champagne flute is the embodiment of simple elegance. Gaze at the rising bubbles through the hand blown glass bowl. ($65.00)

Low: Crate&Barrel Blush Flute: The bubbly will still taste just as festive in the decidedly more manageable $4.95 Blush Flute from Crate&Barrel. The classic flute shape holds in the bubbles and helps the champagne retain its fizzy goodness. ($4.95)

Tiered Servers

High: Williams-Sonoma Bleaker Bar Tiered Server: Modern, yet timeless, the Bleaker tiered server from Williams-Sonoma is a marvelous serving piece that fits into many occasions. Tiered servers are great space savers when space is limited. ($119.00)

Low: Target First Frost Beaded Server: The two-tier First Frost beaded server maintains an air of quiet sophistication at a very affordable price. The polished aluminum material with the classic beaded rim motif will dress up any party. ($29.99)

Oyster Plates


High: Moss Antiques Limoges Oyster Plate: For a truly one of a kind experience, serve your New Year’s oysters – long the food of celebration – on an exquisite antique Limoges oyster plate. Oyster plates are highly collectible and come in a multitude of designs and materials. ($995.00)

Low: Pillivuyt Oyster Plate: The Pillivuyt embossed porcelain oyster plate is an attractive and affordable way to serve these gnarly mollusks. Serve over ice with lemon, hot sauce or a dash of champagne. ($26.00)

Oyster/Seafood Forks

High: Christofle Cocktail/Oyster Fork: Whether it’s oysters or shrimp cocktail, the Christofle fork will add sparkle a class to any celebration. ($102.00)

Low: Crate and Barrel Seafood Fork: A tiny fork at a tiny price, the Seafood Fork from Crate&Barrel is a handy utensil for not only seafood but also garnishes such as pickles or olives. ($2.95)

Dinner Napkins

High: Neiman Marcus Weathered Leaves Napkins: From designer Kim Seybert, the Weathered Leaves embroidered linen napkin is a sparkling confection. Linen washes well and over time softens to a nice finish. (2 for $128)

Low: Handmade Cotton Napkins by Happy Frog From Alaska:  Ring in the New Year with a pair of embroidered cotton napkins. The “bells are ringing” motif in gold thread is perfect for ringing in the New Year. (2 for $12.00)


High: West Elm Manzanita Candelabra: High and low converge with the West Elm Manzanita Candelabra. Its organic tree branch design is made from aluminum and will be a sparkling addition to the New Year’s Eve party. ($99.00)

Low: Aspen Country Botanical Branch Candleholder: Branches, berries and flowers make up this rustic candleholder. When filled with candles, this piece will blaze to life with candle light flickering off the glass beads and flowers. ($15.95)

Happy New Year! Go ahead — serve your takeout Chinese food on the fancy dishes!

Linda Merrill is a Networx writer. Get home & garden ideas like this on Networx.

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