Food & Home
A Chic, Laid-Back, and Loungy
New Year’s Eve
Instead of chasing the elusive party of the century, turn your living room—or the nestled-in-the-Catskills Airbnb you and a few friends managed to score—into a vibe-y, cozy, festively relaxing lair where you can count down to midnight in style. Chicest-ever champagne flutes? Check. The most gorgeous backgammon set to break out when the cocktails kick in? Yup. Sleek accoutrements for serving killer canapés (or a full-blown feast)? Definitely. Plus, everything else you could ever want to make a special night in feel appropriately extravagant and low-key all at once.
Go grand with cocktails
Whether you’re sipping champagne, fruit-infused fizzy water, or a gingery nonalcoholic aperitif, doing it from drop-dead-gorgeous flutes makes the night way more sparkly.
Nude Glass Dimple Champagne Glass, Set of 2 goop, $74SHOP NOW
Ghia Non-Alcoholic Apéritif goop, $33SHOP NOW
Plucking hors d’oeuvres off a stunning charcuterie board (more than three feet of inky-black antique oak: swoon) or a speckled, white-glazed ceramic pastry stand—simply grand.
Alexis Steelwood Go Long Party Board goop, $400SHOP NOW
Roman and Williams Guild Go Takagi Serving Stand goop, $80SHOP NOW
Set a pile of pretty pink napkins next to leopard-print rolling papers and planet Earth’s most stunning marbled acrylic lighter (we keep it handy to gaze at and light candles with).
Stake out the vibe with party games and pillows
Place a few games around the room and people will happily gravitate toward them. These two are meant to be played but are also exquisite enough to qualify as décor: Made of Lucite, the backgammon board is adorned with turquoise evil eyes to ward off bad energy (so good for New Year’s), while the hand-poured, rose-quartz-hued acrylic checkers set is so cool it would look right at home in an art gallery.
CasaCarta The Eye Backgammon Set goop, $330SHOP NOW
Edie Parker Checkers in Rose Quartz goop, $1,895SHOP NOW
There’s something so casually glamorous about a floor strewn with throws and pillows—we love plopping down on them to play the aforementioned party games. These mix beautifully: The first is handwoven by Argentinean craftsmen, and the second is made from the softest mohair-wool blend.
Light the room like a (sexy) set
Think dim, sexy, atmospheric, and flattering—so add more lanterns and candles and turn off anything jarring overhead. This portable battery-operated lantern comes with its own dimmer, casts the perfect glow, works as brilliantly indoors as it does outdoors, and features chic brass hardware. For just-right intensity, light a few flickering candles alongside it—the vagina candle’s rose-geranium scent subtly fills the room.
Living-room dance parties (the best) get an upgrade with this charmingly old-school turntable with a decidedly modern sound.
This silky skirt swishes against your legs beautifully as you move—swaying to a melody or even just walking across a room. We love it with the sleek matching top as much as we do with this cozy split-back turtleneck.
Make a big-ass dinner to celebrate
Food is our love language and one of the most beautiful ways to celebrate life, one another, and the dawn of a new year. The move: a go-for-broke feast that’s almost completely prepped the night before so that New Year’s Eve is all about ease. Here are the essentials and some other fun flourishes, too.
Whip up anything from duck cassoulet to paella to a next-morning hangover-assuaging French toast casserole with this dream set of Teflon-free ceramic-coated cookware.
For bread bakers: This exquisite made-in-France ceramic cloche produces the most pillowy, crusty loaves. Bring it to the table for all to admire.Emile Henry Bread Cloche goop, $140SHOP NOW
Everything tastes better served on gold-trimmed bone china.Emporio Sirenuse Luke Edward
Hall Positano Plate goop, $115SHOP NOW
Vintage-inspired matte gold flatware heaven.Mepra Matte Gold 5-Piece Place Setting goop, $180SHOP NOW
This medium roast with peach and honey notes slices right through morning haziness.goop Fair Trade Specialty Coffee goop, $28SHOP NOW
There’s coffee, and then there’s the perfect cup of smooth, rich, caffeinated awesomeness you get from using this grinder with thirty-one settings.Fellow Ode Brew Grinder goop, $299SHOP NOW
Close out the night with incredible bedding
You danced, you feasted, you’re a bit buzzed—it’s time to collapse into bed. These organic sheets are softer than anything, and a weighted blanket approximates the calming effect of deep-touch pressure—this chunky organic cotton knit one is stunning, and lying under it feels like being hugged.