What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

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It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to a close. The last few days of 2013 are time for reflec­tion on all of the mem­o­ries of the year, both happy and sad and for plan­ning the adven­tures to come in 2014. As Father Time and Baby New Year get ready for the big day, we want to know, how do you cel­e­brate the new year? Tra­di­tions, cul­tural beliefs, swanky and glitzy par­ties or a low key evening at home with the kids? Lets explore some ways to ring in the new year.


Silver, gold and LOTS of bling! New Year’s Eve is the time to shine! Glitter your cham­pagne bot­tles, add a glitter sugar rim to your guests cham­pagne glasses, edible glitter to for­tune cookies with custom for­tunes, and don’t forget the sparklers and wish lanterns for the stroke of mid­night! For some of the DIY ideas pic­tured above, follow this Buz­zFeed link.


We found a fab­u­lous blog, Living Locurto that has some great crafty ideas for a fun NYE that is chic and kid friendly. Adorable print­a­bles and plenty of crafts to get the kids involved and keep them busy while you finish set­ting up for the big night!


We also found Little Big Com­pany and their glitzy glam ideas for a blinged out party!


Need some table scape ideas? We love the design that Whimsy Decor cre­ated. Ele­gant and timely, pun intended.

Now you have your table set, the cham­pagne is flowing but as mid­night approaches, don’t forget the grapes! No, we’re not talking about wine! In latin cul­tures, it is cus­tomary to eat 12 grapes, one at each chime and to make a wish with each grape at mid­night. In Greece, they will smash a pome­granate on the floor at the stroke of mid­night. Sym­bol­izing pros­perity and good for­tune, the more seeds, the more good luck. South­erners wouldn’t think about a New Year’s day meal without black-​​eyed peas! As you eat your first bite, it is cus­tomary to make a wish for the new year. In addi­tion, most Southern tables also include corn bread and col­lard greens. Col­lard greens rep­re­sent money and wealth while the corn­bread sym­bol­izes gold.  For the main course, you should have fish or pork, but not crab, lob­ster or poultry. Fish have scales, which rep­re­sent coins and wealth. Fish also swim in schools which rep­re­sents pros­perity and they swim for­ward rep­re­senting progress. Lob­ster and crab move back­wards and that is con­sid­ered bad luck. Pig root for­ward for food, again sym­bol­izing progress thus pork is con­sid­ered the luck­iest meat to eat on New Year’s day, while chickens scratch back­wards and should not be con­sumed as part of your New Years meal. Round food items such as bagels and donuts sym­bolize the year coming full circle.

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Last but not least, make sure to have plenty of your favorite bubbly on hand.…really, what is New Year’s Eve without bub­bles?! Be it cham­pagne or sparking cider, raise that glass and toast the best year to come!

Wishing you a safe, happy and pros­perous 2014 -

Clayton Gray Home



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