Tis time to kick 2017 to the curb. There’s often so much stress around New Year’s Eve – how to make it the very best ever. But actually, all you need is a little something delicious, maybe a friend or two and really, if you want to stay in PJs that’s a-okay too. I’ve dug back through the Apt34 archives to pluck out the perfect ideas that’ll give 2017 a much nicer send off than it even deserves!

> Plain old bubbly is so 2017. Now a champagne cocktail on the other hand. We have a variety for you to choose from. If you like something a little sweet and a little tart try our Diamond in the Rouge. For a super chic cocktail with a bit of sparkle opt for the Apt34 Sparkler. Think French 75 with a sophisticated layer of citrus. If you’re craving something sweet, this Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail (seen above) is the perfect option for you.

> Going out to dinner on NYE is also highly overrated. You’re simply going to pay five times as much for a regular meal. I’m much more of a cook-an-amazing dinner at home type of person. A gorgeous pot of seafood pasta (like this recipe), a risotto (recipe here).

> You can even rock a homemade dessert without slaving in the kitchen for hours. This cake recipe is so good and so easy. And then there’s what might be our most popular dessert of all time. If you like chocolate, definitely check this out.

> Even if you do stay home, it’s always fun to set a gorgeous table. You simply need to pick a color a palette. Black and white can look stunning. Or perhaps you’d prefer to try bold color. Or you can simply drop a tablecloth over your coffee table and make a festive little picnic!

> And then there are those pesky resolutions. I’ve made a habit of creating un-resolutions. Details about that are right here.

However you choose to ring in the new year, I do hope it’s happy, fabulous and fun. I have high hopes for 2018. I’m down for an epic year. You with me??



photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick



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  1. Some fabulous ideas! I’m adding some stay at home New Year’s Eve chic to my repertoire as I agree – you could spend a fortune to eat out. Last year we had a loosely Italian theme with Disaronno cocktails (your seafood pasta would fit in nicely!). Perhaps round things off with a glamorous late night Hitchcock (To Catch a Thief). Love your picnic styling idea – I’ll add some silk pyjamas for lounge appeal! Have a lovely New Year x

    1. Love all of these ideas Pauline! I hope you had a wonderful start to 2018

  2. Hopefully 2018 sees lots of resist and power to feminism. Will be staying in too but still dressing up. Thank you for all the decorating and inspired posts, will be back next year.

    1. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment Laura. happy new year!

  3. So glad to find your blog!

    Very beautiful table setting, love the mix of dinnerware.