When I entertain, lighting is key. Lighting really does set the mood for gatherings, and I always look to have that WOW factor when my guests walk into the room.
As much as Sean and I entertain, it’s always New Year’s Eve that is my favorite time to decorate. Though we are not fans of leaving our house on this special evening, we do love to have guests over. No matter how many times our friends have been to our home, I like to bring on the glitz and glam as if it was their first time walking in our door.
This week, I’m going to show you how to have that glitz and glam New Year’s Eve celebration in the comforts of your own home, and today, I’m talking lighting.
The cocktail area always needs good lighting, but a lamp just doesn’t make the area as special as it could be. Those colorful bottles and beautiful glasses need their well-deserved umph, so why not light up beneath them to let their colors shine.
The how-to is gorgeous, inexpensive, and easy to do. You will need a tray, white holiday lights (a string of 100 works perfectly), a sheet of plastic that goes over fluorescent lights, a pair of tin snips, and transparent tape.
First, measure the inside bottom of the tray and cut the plastic sheet with tin snips to fit. Set the plastic sheet aside.
Take the white holiday lights and line the bottom of the tray, zig zagging to fill evenly, taping the string of lights down every few inches or so. Very important – make sure each plug end of the lights are hanging over the tray.
Place the fitted plastic sheet over the lights. Add your glasses and bottles to the tray and plug in.
Twinkle Twinkle Hello Bar Tray!
You light up my cocktail!
This stunning cocktail area will have your guests mesmerized, and will be that WOW factor that you craved.
Cheers to that!
Tune in tomorrow when I share with you delicious and simple hors d’oeuvres recipes served on a glammed up table. Who knew wardrobe mirrors make such a glamorous table runner!!