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Home – The best New Year Party destination!

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December is upon us and with it so is the end of 2013. Surely, Christmas is one huge highlight of this month (the details of which constitute an entirely different blog) but there is also another event, one celebrated across the planet, that stands sentinel at the end of the year. Yes, we are talking about the ever exciting end of the year and the beginning of the new one.

Having a plan for the New Year is a pre-requisite and cooler the plan, the higher is your rating on the hipster scale. Though we start thinking about this one a few months before it actually arrives, we usually end up at nothing concrete until the last few days as you don’t want anything to go wrong with it and want it to be better than the last few years. So, along with the F&B and a guest list that has a tendency of changing at hourly intervals, comes the most important factor – the venue.
New Year parties have been known to erupt in locations ranging from shady dorms to the best night clubs on the planet earth. The grandeur of the venue is often directly proportional to the budget allocated for the event. But, what if there was a way to ensure that less is more? Apparently, as most metro citizens have discovered, there is a way. This way we are talking about also goes by the name ‘House parties’.

17According to the Wikipedia definition, a house party is ‘typically a type of party where medium to large groups of people gather at the residence of the party’s host. In modern usage, a house party is typically associated with teenage or young adult crowds, loud music and dancing. Historically, the term has also referred to more genteel gatherings at country estates, lasting anywhere from several days to weeks.’
Pubs and clubs with their million and one restrictions have made letting down your hair and partying hard a distant possibility. That, along with the excessive amounts spent on food and alcohol rarely makes such outings worth the money. If the venue is an unfamiliar one, it’s difficult to feel ‘at home’ there and because of these reasons most people are going the house party way.
And who said a house party cannot be compared to the likes of those happening at the best nightspots? Businesses have also noticed the rising trend and have specialized services meant to help you plan, feed, and even clean up after your bash.
So, decide what your 2013 theme is going to be, get that guest list ready to the last guest and welcome the new year right from the comforts of your home and with the people who matter the most. Are you game?

Bring the Christmas spirit home.

Christmas

Ahoy Decemberistas! Christmas is here. Actually the warmest month of the year is here (definitely not weather wise though). This is the time to pile all the bad together and throw it off the 8th floor window. It’s time to usher the Christmas spirit by focusing on magic and love and turning your home into a miniature festival of joy. This is that time of the year when your home should exude a cheery feel and be warm and receiving for all kinds of happiness.
Start by decking up your favorite corners of the house. If you don’t understand the reason behind all the Christmas revelry, this time decorate your house not for others, but for yourself. You deserve to be happy, don’t you? From a fireplace with stockings to colorful lighting installations to posters on the walls to aromatic candles, there are so many ways in which you can spell festive. This article is aimed to kickstart your decorations and help you with a few ideas.

Start by accenting the white/light coloured walls of your house (and especially a white door if you have one) with the deep colors of an evergreen wreath and garland. Use one color to make a statement. Choose gold as your color as that will reflect the festive cheer. The entire wall doesn’t need to be painted gold though. Paint little wall frames and wall hangings with gold and add sparkle to it.

There’s nothing like the sight of a beautifully decorated home with dazzling lights, agree? Sass up this Christmas with twinkling lights that will add a soft glow at night and make it a view to behold even for strangers on the street. Sparkle is a holiday essential we believe.

If you haven’t bought your Christmas tree yet, hit the streets this weekend. Buy a plastic one if you belong to Phoebe’s school of thoughts. Add flowers, baubles, lights, bells and mistletoes. Don’t go by textbook ways of decoration. Whatever makes you happy should accentuate your Christmas tree. If you stay with your family/ friends, play Secret Santa and pack small gifts and keep them under the tree. If you are alone, this is the time to make yourself happy.

18Your side/centre table should be a major part of your celebrations. Pile Christmas books and movies on your side table. Don’t forget to play some good Christmas music throughout the day. A good vibe- aroma/ music wise created is half the work done. This is also the time to go down the memory lane. When you hang lights all over your house try pinning pictures of your family and closest friends. This will definitely light up not just your house but the hearts of all your closest people. Place colorful, scented candles and glass beads in glass bowls on your centre table. Float flowers or petals in a large crystal or glass bowl and keep it next to it.

Intertwine fruits, feathers, pine cones and mini glass ornaments and form a wreathe that you can hang at the entrance. Clean the house properly, use room fresheners, make savoury delicacies and smile. Let there be light this Christmas. Let there be happiness.