Monthly Archives: December 2009

Top Tips for Hosting a 2010 New Year’s Eve


Having a New Years Eve party at your house may seem a little more stressful than one would like, however, if you follow a few simple tips you might spend a little more time enjoying the festivities and a little less time worrying. First off, I think it’s important to realize what the host (you) should be responsible for. YOU are responsible for decorating the home, inviting the guests, making some of the food (please make it easier on yourself and ask other people to bring stuff too!), and serving people (this doesn’t necessarily mean waiting on them hand and foot!).

As for the decorating, I would not only go for your usual New Years Eve banner, but if you plan to sit at the dining room table for your dinner, you should also consider sprucing up your table as well with a few extra tabletop accessories. These can be utilized however you see fit. I bought a table at a clearance furniture store about 2 years ago that fits approximately 25 people. It’s a HUGE “Bruce Wayne” table which is fantastic for my large family and it’s stunningly beautiful. In my case since I know I have a lot of people coming I would try to buy doubles or quadruples of specific items like beverage dispensers and barware.


This way everyone’s not reaching over each other and knocking over things! Also, consider flowers. I know this could be considered a little fancy schmancy, but I love flowers. I think they totally dress the table and depending on the season, in this case winter time, you can still get some really nice plants and flowers. Try poinsettias, unless you have animals! Also, to set the mood try candleholders, wine decanters (buy a few!), and some new plates, dinnerware and silverware. This doesn’t need to be a thousand dollar table, you can place a few objects into eyes view and make it really pop without spending a ton of money!

The Best In Tabletop Accessories and Drink Dispensers To Entertain Your Guests!


Personally, I’m one of those people that doesn’t see a table as just a table. There are so many different things you can be doing with your table to make it so much more entertaining. People by nature enjoy visually stimulating objects. If you place a white piece of canvas in front of a group of people and bring in a painting done by an artist – they are always going to gravitate towards the more colorful and stimulating object rather than the plain object. This is pretty much common sense.

I don’t think people realize though that your table is the same way. You don’t have to have it looking plain Jane. Add some flair! Add some color! Add some beautiful pieces and drink dispensers and you are going to have your guests talking for hours about the beautiful crystal wine or brandy decanter you have on the table. You are going to have people asking where you got the drink dispensers and how it looks like it costs a lot. You will be the talk of the town when just adding and adjusting a few simple things.

I know some of you are scared to replace anything you have now or to add too much color! If you are nervous you don’t have to go crazy with colors. A couple of accent colors such as red, green, blue or pink are going to go a long way, especially if your tabletop accessories were limited to really dull colors! People are going to notice the small things as well! The point here is to go outside of your little box, but to also do what feels “comfortable” to you! It is your table after all!

Hey, if I had my choice I would add a crazy Jamaican theme just to see you squirm and realize in the end that it wasn’t that bad (and kind of fun!). But this is your home, your table and your choice! However, if you would like to change a few of your tabletop accessories, you have a whole truck load of options to choose from. So go crazy, go classy, just go go go!

Theme Tabletop Accessories Will Make Your Guests Feel Excited!

Mexican Theme Dinner

If you can, picture this: a regular table, nothing spectacular, boring dishes, and plastic salt and pepper shakers. Kind of dull, huh? Well, the great thing about tabletops is that you can virtually choose any products and spruce up the table. I mean, we’re talking about everything from patterned dishes, to innovative eating utensils, and functional beverage dispensers to high-quality glasses and barware. You can quite literally choose any style, any design or any theme you want.

These themes can be a one-time thing such as something for a special occasion, or you could customize the themes to fit into your everyday lifestyle! I know a lot of people that are major foodies, and they quite often have food parties where they will invite a handful of people over for a few different food testing recipes. Usually the hostess will arrange a spectacular array of all sorts of themed tabletop accessories such as the ones above. This really gets people in the mood for food! But it also sets the mood of the table as well as the tone for the party.

For example, if she is trying some really interesting delicacies that most people haven’t tried before, she usually goes for a really funky or wild theme. Or if it’s something that we’re all familiar with she might go with something a little more classy and clean looking. It’s going to depend on you and what you’re looking for, but the great thing about all the options in front of you is that you’re surely going to find something that not only you fall in love with, but your guests do as well!

Tabletop Accessories & Other Party Ideas!


Well it’s that time of year again – Christmas and New Years are just around the corner. Chances are you probably like to throw parties as much as I do! When it comes to throwing a party, one of the things you may start to look into are tabletop accessories. These are going to be items like candleholders, candles, beverage dispensers, dinnerware, and napkin rings! These tabletop accessories are going to bring a whole ‘nother ballgame to your table.

Not only are they useful for functional reasons, but they are also decorative and can even tie in a theme to your table! You have a ton of choices ahead of you such as different colors, shapes, functions, materials and textiles and much more! You could do a fun themed table and do something funky like a Hawaiian type theme or you could go for something more classy and use clean white dishes and bowls, crystal glasses and beverage dispensers along with crystal candleholders.

You can also add a dash of color as well with napkin rings, napkins, or even something completely different such as an array of flowers in the middle of the table with a beautiful see through vase! All of these ideas are superb, but as per usual since it’s your table you can accessorize it ANY way you want. So get going! Visit www.ClassicHostess.com and see what sorts of ideas you can come up with!