2007 New Year's Entertaining (as featured on ABC News)

As we leap into 2007, here are some fun and interesting ways you can theme your celebrations this New Year’s Eve, with special and distinctive treats for both the adults and the kids.

Themed parties are a great way to add a unique touch to your at-home celebrations and one of the best ways to ensure that your New Year party will remain one of those “remember when…” evenings!

With the hype of the latest Bond movie still looming and the year 2007 just around the corner, what better way to bring in the New Year than with a 007 themed celebration!

Here are some simple and entertaining ways to add some extra fun to your festivities:

  • 007 Adult Fun!

Creative a custom 007 Centerpiece – For a centerpiece with “Bond” style and elegance, simply place an array of white orchids on contrasting black linens. Simple and chic in minutes! For an added touch, combine with custom 007 votives (all you do is print 007 onto vellum paper which you can get from office depot or any craft store. Cut the shapes and tape onto votive candles). Candles are always a great way to add ambiance to the party and the perfect touch to a stylish centerpiece.

No party is complete without that specialty cocktail – and no 007 theme is complete without that signature Martini. For a 007 Martini, feature a garnish bar with lemon twists, stuffed olives, and cranberry skewers. Then serve on trays for guests to enjoy… And don’t forget, it’s to be shaken, not stirred!

 

For a menu with the infamous Bond flair, combine a variety of international selections for a “Jet Set Global Cuisine.” Menu items could include Hong Kong Sushi, Thai skewers, Spanish tapas, Parisian cheeses and Roman antipasto. An exotic menu in minutes and all from the grocery store aisle!

Serve on a coffee table or buffet table using a collection of glass or silver trays. For that added 007 touch, theme with black and white linens!

  • 007 fun for the kids!

And the 007 fun is not just all for the adults! Adding a theme to a party is also a great way to involve the kids in the New Year festivities. Here are some simple 007 themed ideas and activities that will keep the children amused and enjoying the celebrations as much as the adults.

For a Jet Set Cuisine that the kids will enjoy, include some fun and exotic ‘mini’ menu choices. So along with the Hong Kong Sushi, Thai chicken or beef skewers, also provide some New York Mini Cheeseburgers, Chicago mini hot pups, and Parisian Pommes Frites in cones. A variety of simple and easy foods that the kids will enjoy, and all from the grocery store aisle! Serve on a lower coffee table for the wee ones, but still keep in theme with black and white linens!

Having a mini martini (or mini mocktail) for the kids is a great way to keep them in the spirits of the celebrations. Why don’t you try a 007-Up Punch? Simply combine 7-Up, CanGrape Juice and Lemonade. The kids will love it!

And of course the kids will need a few other activities to keep them amused throughout the night, while the New Year’s celebrations kick into full swing. Why not have top hats and boas for the little ones to play dress ups? You can get these special pieces from any party store. Kids love playing around with fashionable accessories and this will make them feel special while keeping in the spirit of the 007 theme.

Another easy activity to keep the kids entertained is arts and crafts. Why not have a variety of coloring books and craft activities using only black and white color palettes? Something simple, that the kids will enjoy and again, all in the Bond theme! And if you’re feeling extra creative, why not create secret agent mission maps? You can plan around the house treasure hunts in search of some exciting treats or 007 prizes… and I wonder just how long it will take for the adults to join in this one!!

 

Lastly, a great idea for the kids no matter what your theme, are Resolution Name Tags.

For each little guest, their name tag can read, “hi my name is ______ and I’m going to___ (resolution of choice such as; make my bed each morning). This is a simple, yet personalized activity which will have the children thinking about the good things they will do in 2007.

Enjoy your celebrations!

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