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12.30.2021

sweet sparkling new year!

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we arrive at the end of the year, and the start of a new one...
we've made it, and that's cause to celebrate!

whether you gather with family, friends, neighbors, or a special person tomorrow night,
or spend a blissfully cozy evening alone in a bubble bath or watching The Ball drop,
i have a few last-minute ideas to share for making your New Year's Eve sparkle!

speaking of lifting spirits, continue reading for more...

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first, i'll say this isn't an ad for Wilson Creek Winery ;) 
they just happen to be located in my area (Temecula, California)
and we visit their beautiful park-like grounds a lot.
they have some truly unique and scrumptious 'flavors' of sparkling wine...

the Coconut Nui Sparkling has a toasted coconut bouquet and aftertaste,
and their famous Almond Sparkling is a rich, full-bodied wine for special occasions
that pairs especially well with wedding cake and desserts.
(they also have peach, rose', limoncello, orange, sangria, and watermelon flavors!)

that said, other sparkling drinks work quite well on New Years' Eve - 
sparkling apple or pear cider, seven-up, and ginger ale are my non-alcoholic faves
especially when served in a clear glass and garnished with a sprig of rosemary or thyme.
kids LOVE them, too, making them feel very grown up as they stay up late!
(add a piece of hard candy to the glass to turn clear soda into fun colors!)

now, those aren't the ONLY options...

because when you find lemon-flavored candy canes at the store,
and there's a bottle of Absolut Citron in the bar, why on earth NOT make lemon drop martinis
and serve them in a clear glass ornament?!

i just love this presentation idea - but it's not mine. i borrowed it!
originally created by the multi-talented Michael Wurm Jr of the Inspired by Charm blog,
Michael calls it the 'Ornamentini' (BRILLIANT!) 
and it's a really spectacular way to serve a cocktail/mocktail during the holidays...
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(ps: found the YELLOW Lemonhead candy canes at my local 99 Cents Only store!)

this is a perfect way for me to wrap up the year in a big (yellow!) bow...
i've had so much fun this past year, creating decor projects
inspired by the Pantone 2021 Color of the Year, 'Illuminating' Yellow:
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the optimism of this happy hue has cheered me on some dark days,
and i hope it has lifted your spirits AND inspired you to use your favorite colors in your own decor.

that said, i'm not sure i can say goodbye to this color as the year ends.
(and truth be told, i'm not a fan of the new 'very peri' blue hue chosen as 2022's color.)
but that's truly the thing: we get to choose what we embrace.
and i might just choose to stick with yellow!

my wish for us all in 2022 is a fresh start, open hearts, and open hands
to receive all of the blessings that the coming 365 days have to offer.
Happy New Year, Friends!

see Wilson Creek Winery sparkling wines here

visit Michael's Inspired by Charm blog here

thank you so much for letting me share your idea, Michael!


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