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Use an out-of-the-way table to hold adult beverages and keep everyone from congregating around the food. Perk up the table with ticking clocks, colorful paper lanterns, and items with a New Year's theme.
Toast the New Year with champagne flutes in custom-etched designs. To make your own, wrap self-adhesive vinyl around clean glasses, and use a crafts knife to cut away the design elements (wherever the vinyl remains, the glass will be clear). Apply etching cream, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Chill drinks in a tub of ice and make sure that fruit and olive garnishes are close at hand. To add some color, place the fruit bowls on clear blue platforms made from plastic boxes purchased at a crafts store.
Antipasto platters have a variety of tasty foods that appeal to every eater. Don't forget to include rolled salami slices, fresh mozzarella cheese cubes, and sweet peppers, along with other veggies and artisanal cheeses.
Satisfy the cravings of little guests with familiar foods. Include shoestring potatoes, pretzels, cheese cubes, pepperoni-wrapped pineapple, olives, and veggies with dip on the New Year's table.
As guests unwrap the paper from these fortune-telling balls, they'll discover New Year's predictions tucked inside. To make them, wrap plastic foam balls with yards of 2-inch-wide crepe paper that comes on rolls, stretching the paper as needed and slipping handwritten fortunes in between the layers.