A new year in a new home is cause for celebration. What better excuse to throw a party than the opportunity to welcome the New Year in your brand-new Carillon home? All you need is festive holiday décor, a tasty menu and some dance-inducing music to create a fabulous fete to show off your beautiful house in the company of your friends and family.
Décor. New Year’s Eve in North Texas is usually mild, with pleasant temperatures that invite people to linger outside. Bring a touch of the outside in by draping greenery throughout your new Carillon Villa or Estate home. Place a wreath on your spectacular entryway to welcome guests, and complement the green needles with gold and silver decorations. Loop gold cord across accent walls and weave it through wrought iron adornments. Cut out large silver stars to lend a festive air to your hallways and great room.
Menu. A New Year’s party is a perfect time to showcase your culinary talents. Your menu might start with appetizers of deviled eggs, spiced nuts, a selection of cheeses and sliced blanched vegetables. Celebrate the Texas spirit with a main course of barbequed brisket and hearty ribs, all prepared in your spacious estate kitchen. Throw in a tangy German potato salad, steamed broccoli and smoky pinto beans for a delicious and familiar Texas supper. Top off the meal with a special New Year’s cake. Make one yourself, decorated with silver stars like the ones adorning your home. Or simply buy a plain white sheet cake and make stars from edible silver beads and black tinted icing. Serve your guests cold beer, lemonade and sweet tea throughout the night.
Music. No party is complete without the right music. Traditional favorites include “Auld Lang Syne,” which can be a starting point for music that speaks to guests’ wishes for the New Year. To get people on the dance floor, think about songs such as “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang, “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie and “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. Create your own playlist and alternate your upbeat selections with soft, classical music such as Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to provide downtime for the dancers in the group.
New Year’s Eve is a wonderful chance to welcome your favorite people into your fabulous new estate home. And who knows? It just might become an annual tradition.