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Easy Party Decor
Take a cue from Living's Kevin Sharkey and throw a New Year's party that's laid-back yet glittering.
Here, Kevin's apartment is filled with silver and white balloons, an easy decoration that makes a huge impact.
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Cool Cookie Cake
In lieu of a traditional dessert tray, Kevin opted for a whimsical stacked Oreo tower -- complete with sparkler candles.
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For a laid-back affair, keep the food and drinks simple. Here, Kevin set up a bar in the dining room. Guests can help themselves by mixing a drink or pouring Champagne.
Photography: Paul Costello
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Keeping with the casual yet festive theme of the party, a spirited game of table tennis begins on Kevin's dining room table.
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Another simple-yet-elegant idea is to set up a caviar station. Include toast points and plenty of serving spoons.
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Mix and Mingle
While the dress is black tie, the vibe is casual and fun. Case in point: drinks and conversation on the kitchen countertops.
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Making full use of the dining room's reflective wall, Kevin and his guests kept tabs on the game with a makeshift (and chic) scoreboard that was easily wiped clean.