Hi everyone, Stefanie here bringing you some glamorously chic, emerald green party inspiration for your New Year’s soiree-throwing this year. With Pantone announcing Emerald Green as the official color for 2013, many of you are looking for ways to incorporate this bold, new color into your celebrations this holiday season. With emerald green being so widely used during Christmas time, it’s an easy and great color to use “transitionally” into a New Year’s celebration, while also re-purposing some of your Christmas decorations in the process.
Aside from pops of green re-emerging in recent years, such as, Kelly greens, neon greens, and most recently mint greens, emerald green, like its contemporaries surged into popularity during the 1950s and 60s when Hollywood starlets like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor wore the color with glamour and style. Since then, emerald green has remained a “color staple” associated with luxury, status, and high end classic style (think Carrie’s fashion number in the movie Sex and The City, and Isla Fisher’s iconic emerald green sweater in Confessions of a Shopaholic, as “the girl the girl in the Green Scarf”).
Classic Emerald Green Meets Modern Style
Emerald green is a timeless hue associated with classic sophistication, status, and prosperity. Making it perfect to ring in the New Year with. Here are a few ways you can get your emerald on this New Year’s.
Emerald, Mint and Gilded Gold
First, it can be daunting trying to incorporate such a bold color into a party space without fearing that it can be too overpowering. You can creatively incorporate emerald green into your party décor by mixing in classic neutrals like black and white, or ivory, allowing the emerald to pop and thus eliminating an overpowering effect when bold colors have to compete.
If you want to incorporate some of the current color trends with the new, incorporate gold and mint as accent colors. I love how Amber Carson Events on Inspired by This used black and white and pops of green at the dinner table with shiny touches of gold, to achieve an elegant and updated, classic look.
Accessorize the dinner table or dessert buffet with lovely emerald green vases or vessels. If not, stain clear glasses or vases by following this easy tutorial on Curbly.
Next, place beautiful artificial gold flowers inside the vases or use lovely black and white anemones. Instead of a regular cake, serve up small individual sized cakes at each place setting with a whimsical toy clock inside. Lastly, place a fun countdown cootie catcher (Origami Fortune Teller) on each chair to keep guests entertained.
Staircase by Joanna Henderson via Desire to Inspire | Round paper balls by Pearl and Earl | Clock pinata via Project Junior | Modern glamour, gilded gold and black frock via Flash for Fashion | Emerald green pom pom wrapping by Cotton and Flax.
If you’re having your celebration at home, and are scratching your head as you’re reading this post thinking I love emerald green but how can I incorporate it with my existing décor? The first thing to do is work with the colors you currently have in your home. If you have a neutral colored living room, dining room or even foyer, host the party in that space. Then add pops of emerald green such as a bright rug, runner or décor accessories like lamps and side tables. By doing this, you can easily and economically update your décor for the New Year and also create a cohesive event space.
If you’re having children over, keep them entertained by making a fun clock piñata they can play with, while you toast with champagne at midnight.
Go against the norm and give gifts to friends during New Year’s instead of Christmas. This is great if you’re on a budget (after Christmas sales) or simply want to try something new.
Decorate the remaining party space with lovely paper fringed garland in emerald and mint green, or glittery paper bunting. Blow glitter at midnight instead of noise blowers.
Serve Philipponnat Brut Reserve Rose. Dessert champagne, a perfect accompaniment to your dessert buffet servings, and lovely when garnished with a rim of crushed rock candy.
Lastly, don’t forget the photo ops! Use left over craft paper from wrapping to create a chic backdrop. Reuse all of your left over ornaments to finish off the casual but festive look.
I hope you enjoyed the emerald New Year’s inspiration. For more ideas, visit our emerald green pinboard here.
Stefanie Nieves is the owner & lead event designer of The Petite Soiree, an NJ boutique Event Design & Rental Co. specializing in Upscale Children’s Parties and Décor. When she’s not planning parties, she loves blogging about event trends, party ideas, and unique ways to make children’s parties more stylish and personal.
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