Last year I had the honor of planning an annual dinner party for a MLB player and his family. I loved the concept. This couple hosts a fun dinner for their closest friends every for the last five years. This year the majority of their friends had kiddos to think about while planning the party. As a mom to two I was up for the challenge! I had free reign on the design but was told they wanted something a little bit out of the normal New Year's Eve party design that you might expect.
I wanted a fun color palette since we were celebrating the new year and it would be a kid-friendly event. I wanted sparkly accents because that is such a NYE staple to every party.
I chose to have the party at Bella Sera in Riverside so the kids could play freely outside in the beautiful courtyard but the parents could still watch the bowl game and keep an eye on them if needed. I set up a kid's play area with coloring, a city rug to push toy cars on, bubbles, rocket launchers and bouncy balls. Catering by Liz did a wonderful job with the food and bar and as always their staff was wonderful and attentive.
AlleyCakes made the most delicious desserts of macroons, rice krispy treats, champagne cakepops, and a variety of dessert shooters. As a favor I packaged chocolate kisses and labeled them as "midnight kisses".
I had Catering by Liz create a bar cart setup of fresh fruit, juices and champagne and added rock candy to add some fizz and sweetness to the champagne.
Photography: Alex & Cammy Photography
Design, Styling and Florals: Amber Veatch Designs
Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tables and AV Equipment: Mugwump Productions
Linens: Kate Ryan Linens
Venue and Catering: Bella Sera at Catering by Liz
Desserts: AlleyCakes Dessert Co.
Paper Goods: Citrus Press Co.
Gold Chargers, Goblets, Bar Cart, Gold S&P Shakers: Set Event Rentals