Happy New Year and Fete Favorites 2014!

Happy, happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fabulous New Year’s Eve and had a chance to celebrate in whatever manner you love — whether that’s couch surfing the New Year’s shows or dressed up in glitter and out dancing. And either way, we hope you get to spend the first day of the new year doing something wonderful. We’re looking forward to a year full of fete and thought it would be fun to share with you our 2014 Fete Favorites. Here’s to a feteful new year!

Suzanne’s Fete Favorites

A Feteful Life: Suzanne's 2014 Fete Favorites

1. Celebrate  Despite the fact that it has only been a few weeks since we officially started winter, I’m already dreaming of the warmth of late spring and summer. As soon as the temperature starts rising, a backyard movie watching party will be soon to follow. I love this beautifully styled party by DesignSponge.

2. Eat  I know french macarons have been around for a while but I really love them. A friend recently told me about a local cooking class that focuses solely on these sweet confections. I cannot wait to sign up!

3. Create — I’ve always loved the look of hand screened items whether they are on paper or fabric. On my to do list for 2014 is to start learning the art of screen printing. Stay tuned because I’m sure some of my future DIY projects will include this technique.

4. Love — Prior to having kids, my husband and I used to travel a lot. We loved it. We have traveled since having kids but mostly to visit family or to go on mini vacations just to two of us. This year we’ll be traveling a lot more than we have in the last few years and that is making me so very happy. Oh and how gorgeous is this Bric’s Bellagio Luggage? I want it now!!

5. Give — One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make sure I let my friends and family know how blessed I am to have them in my life. I’m starting to design a collection of gift tags to always have on hand just in case I see something that reminds me of them. And because I’m thankful for our readers, I’m giving you three of the labels I designed so you can let your loved knows they are appreciated as well – Just click here.

Rebecca’s Fete Favorites

Rebecca 2014 Fete Favorites

1. Celebrate New Year’s Eve might be over, but I’m not giving up the confetti just yet. I love, love, love the idea of a confetti party, complete with a confetti bar (I love this one from Glitter Guide for Kate Spade NYC) and confetti’d drinks and desserts. I can’t imagine how anyone could keep a smile off their face while surrounded by confetti. This will happen in 2014.

2. Eat one of my absolute most favorite and indulgent anytime meals is a burger topped with a fried egg. I at least typically take it off the bun, but still — it’s a culinary splurge. My favorite local bite is the bloody mary burger from Matchbox, but this one from Susan Spicer’s Bayona with jalapeno and dill pickle slices looks pretty boss, too.

3. Create — I have no idea who I can convince to let me make a metallic fringe backdrop like this one from ConfettiSystem, but I need to make it this year. What the whaaaaat.

4. Love — coffee is most definitely my sixth food group. I try to eat dairy sparingly, so I generally reserve lattes as a weekend treat. They don’t have to look this pretty, but man it’s nice when they do.

5. Give — one of my favorite party details is striped straws with flags. I make them for almost every single party I have — they are super easy, but add such a fun and festive touch. And, seeing as I’m clearly on a metallic/glitter/confetti kick, I made a set of glittery gold flags for you to sparkle in the new year. Just click RIGHT HERE to download your own set of AFL glitter straw flags! Cut the flags out, run a glue stick on the back, and fold around a paper straw. Boom, party in your glass.

Cocktail Hour: “Champagne” Punch Mocktail

A Feteful Life: "Champagne" Punch Mocktail

This year we’ll be ringing in the New Year at a friend’s house with the kids in tow. While it may not be the most exciting of NYE plans, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be festive… for everyone involved. My 5 year old is fascinated by New Year’s Eve this year and is determined to stay up (we’ll see if that actually happens) and toast 2014 with the adults. On top of that, he is constantly asking for “fizzy” water (club soda) to be added to his apple and orange juice so I think this mocktail will be the perfect (and less sugary) way for him to ring in the new year.

“Champagne” Punch Mocktail (from A Feteful Life)

Ingredients
1 liter club soda, chilled
1 (64oz) bottle white grape juice, chilled
24 raspberries for garnish

Directions
In a punch bowl combine the club side and grape juice. When serving place a raspberry in each cup and then ladle the punch into the glass. Serves 24.

 

New Year’s Eve Party Looks

What are you doing this New Year’s Eve? No matter if you’ll be attending a swanky black-tie celebration or if you’ll be hosting a casual party with friends, we put together some fabulous party looks to take the sweat out of the age old question of “What should I wear?”.

Black Tie

A Feteful Life: Black Tie Holiday

  1. J.Crew Dress
  2. House of Harlow 1960 Necklace
  3. House of Harlow 1960 Bracelet
  4. House of Harlow 1960 Earrings
  5. Ivanka Trump Heels

 

Cocktail

A Feteful Life: Holiday Cocktail Look

  1. Kate Spade Purse
  2. Kate Spade Bracelet
  3. Kate Spade Earrings
  4. Zara Heels
  5. TopShop Dress

 

Casual

A Feteful Life: Casual Holiday Look

  1. Zara Top
  2. Zara Ankle Boot
  3. Kate Spade New York Earrings
  4. J.Crew Bracelet
  5. Zara Trousers

 

 

 

 

A Colorful Confetti New Year’s Eve

I love New Year’s Eve – the celebration of the year that’s finished and the excitement of what’s to come in the new year. And, I don’t think there’s a better way to celebrate the New Year than a fun bash with friends. While most NYE party decor tends to be black and metallic (which is a combo I love as well), I decided to go in a different direction this year – a confetti inspired party with lots of color and lots of fun! Here’s some inspiration on how you can do the same:

Confetti-NYE

1. I love this colorful printable invitation from BashStudio.

2. Don’t want to clean up the confetti mess? Use a confetting inspired table runner instead. I found this one from Anthropologie but you could easily make your own with a roll of white drawing paper and markers, stickers or even bingo markers.

3.  This DIY honeycomb garland from Oh Happy Day is just amazing. It would be perfect behind a food table or as a photo wall backdrop. I know I’ll be making one like it sometime in the near future!

4. Bring the bright confetti colors to your food table with some colorful macarons and sugar cookies. This beautiful dessert plate was styled by Studio DIY and I could just eat it up.

5. What NYE party would be complete without a disco ball? These DIY mini disco balls by a Subtle Revelry are so fun. You can use them like confetti to decorate the table or add them to lollipop sticks to make drink stirrers (or cupcake toppers) or add some ribbon to make your own napkin rings… the possibilities are endless.

6. These festive gum ball drink stirrers are also done by Studio DIY. A little bubble gum for your bubbly. So cute!

7. Finally, some actual confetti! These translucent vellum confetti are from NikkiCrossApplesauce. I love how the translucent vellum adds such depth.