New Years Eve DIY Photo-Booth

After weeks of saying “NO NEW YEARS EVE, DON’T COME I’M NOT READY!!” I ended up celebrating it early. My beautiful sister-in-law and brother hosted an early New Years party over the weekend and I decided my contribution would be a DIY photo-booth and it was so much fun!

vintage new years

vintage new years

diy photobooth

diy photobooth

diy photobooth

diy photoboothI hung a black blanket for our background, decked it with a homemade banner, some sparkly stars hung with twine from the ceiling, glued mustaches and lips onto dowels, added a few more props, and we were set. The photo-booth is such a fun addition to keep the festivities going all the way ’till midnight without losing anyone to the sleepys, and we got some pretty fantastic photos. Even if you’ve waited until now to decide on some party ideas, you’re not too late with this DIY because you can make it as simple or as outrageous as you want. While I was setting everything up I thought of tons of other things I could do so I’m writing them down for next year, or, maybe just the next party since this one was such a success. Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Years!

– <3 A. 

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Plain Jane

mollands.netPlain Jane: “My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.’
‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”

-Jane Austen in Persuasion

Well that should narrow down your plans for New Years Eve!I know I’ve got my plans, I’m taking Jane’s advice and only sticking with the best company for a relaxing evening watching the last of 2012 drift away. Happy New Year!

Ginger Your New Years

I’ll admit, I’m not a New Year’s fan. I love the Christmas season so very much that I hate to see it go, and planning for New Year’s Eve makes me feel like my favorite time is going by even faster than usual. Despite that though, this year I’ve decided that New Year’s Eve will come whether I plan for it or not, so I best plan for it and make the only night for dressing in all things glitter, count.

ginger rogers

When I think of glamour girls, the first lady who pops into my mind is Ginger Rogers. Unfailingly beautiful, graceful, elegant, feminine, and my muse for doing New Year’s Eve glitter-fest the classy way:

ginger rogers new years style

I thought this dress by Shoperuche was a pretty fabulous modern version of some Ginger-chic, and you couldn’t get away with those shoes by Kate Spade except for on New Year’s Eve so, why not? Ginger, of course, usually did a full-length gown for all her twirlings with the dapper Fred Astaire, but my parties usually aren’t quite glam enough to go all-out Ginger. Besides, I’m not competing, I have too much dignity for THAT.

ginger rogers and fred astaire

If you still aren’t buying the glitter-fest, regardless of whether it’s New Year’s Eve or not, I thought this hair-piece from Rose and Lemons Etsy shop was super cute and definitely something Ginger would have worn:

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The Poppy Hearts shop on Etsy also had some adorable, yet subtle hair adornments:

Beaded Leaves Headband

I think with a little Ginger-musing, my New Year’s blues will be swept away. How can glitter, Ginger, and perhaps a little champagne not get you excited for whatever the next year will hold?

– <3 A. 

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