The "Roaring Twenties" is a favorite theme for New Year's Eve parties. The clothes, the glamour, The Great Gatsby. Filtered through the lens of time, the scandals and sins of the Jazz Age seem a bit more innocent than today's transgressions, but nostalgia can distort the truth. Fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald know what happened to Jay Gatsby's desire to "repeat the past." Let the old year go, embrace the future, be present in your own life, and do it with style. Here is some inspiration . . . 

Photo of Zelda Fitzgerald.
Garden and Gun (December 28, 2012).

"A Mount Rushmore of stardom. [Clark] Gable (left) cracks a joke at the photographer's expense with friends [Van] Heflin, [Gary] Cooper, and [Jimmy] Stewart. The photograph has become known as The Kings of Hollywood, but what makes it so endlessly appealing is the intimate glimpse it gives us not of a kind of royalty, but of four friends on top of their glittering world, at home in white tie and chic surroundings and so clearly at ease with one another."
Romanoff's, a restaurant in Hollywood on New Year's Eve, 1957.
Photography by Slim Aarons/Getty Images.
Smithsonian Magazine, June 2006.

Holiday card created by Hitha Palepu, creator of Hitha on the Go, a lifestyle website, and Portavi Company, a travel services firm.

Green and silver foil.

Reproduction from vintage postcard or vintage print.

Wouldn't this be a fun dress for New Year's Eve?
"Party in a Box" by event designer Jung Lee, cofounder of Fete New York.
Photography by Genevieve Garruppo.
Lonny (December 2013/January 2014).

"New Year's Eve begs for plenty of sparkle and shine. Gather silver elements such as vases, bowls, and trays, and use them to tie the color scheme together. A chic arrangement of three varieties of black-and-white feathers was displayed in an antique silver container from Mary's personal collection."
Dinner hosted by interior designer Mary McDonald.
Photography by Luca Trovato.

"Go with basic white or glass plates that will make a sophisticated background for well-presented food. At the head of each place setting at Mary's party, miniature silver boxes filled with chocolates are adorned with a spiffy black bow."
Dinner hosted by interior designer Mary McDonald.
Photography by Luca Trovato.

"Graceful champagne flutes from Home James stand ready for holiday toasts."
Chelsea apartment of Manhattan designer Christopher Hyland.
Interior design by Christopher Hyland, Christopher Hyland Inc.
Photography by John Bessler.
Text by Amy Elbert.
"Visions of Sugarplumsproduced by Ann McVicker.

"A small silver Christmas tree can look just right at New Year's if you dress it up in blue, hot pink, purple, and black. Party favor horns, tiny festive hats, miniature champagne bottles, and wired ribbon stand in for 'ornaments,' adding even more New Year's flair."

"Tiny envelopes stand in for place cards, yet these have an extra secret. Inside is a special New Year's wish, fortune, or prediction. Set each envelope on a plate or punch a hole in the corner and string with metallic ribbon that can be tied around a napkin. Flamingo-pink linens provide a strong background for all the sparkle."
"Easy Ideas for New Year's Tables"
Better Homes and Gardens.

"Fortune Bubbles: Add charm to your party with these fun ribbon-bedecked favors." Tuck fortunes or inspirational quotes into clear plastic ornaments from the craft store.
"Easy Ideas for New Year's Tables"
Better Homes and Gardens.

New Year's Eve celebration hosted by designer Eddie Ross.
Photography by Patrick Cline.
Art direction by Michelle Adams.
"Seasonal Spread" written by Steven Thomson.
Lonny (December 2012).

" 'Mixing coupes and flutes looks chic,' says [designer Eddie] Ross, who scored many of his treasured glassware and serving pieces on Rue La La."
New Year's Eve celebration hosted by designer Eddie Ross.
Photography by Patrick Cline.
Art direction by Michelle Adams.
"Seasonal Spread" written by Steven Thomson.
Lonny (December 2012).

Photography by Alison Rosa.
Elle Decor.

Don't forget to serve sparkling waters or fruit juices as festive libations for guests who do not drink alcohol. 
Dinner by Lee Epting Events.
Photography by Margaret Houston.
Garden and Gun.

You don't have to drink your bubbles to have fun on New Year's Eve. Why don't you blow some bubbles?
"This green, mini champagne magnum of bubble juice has a simple, screw-off cap and a tan bottle label on the neck that says 'Celebrate!' in white letters."
Bubbles Favors (12 count) offered by Party City.

Photo via

"The experts at Chicago's boutique MORE bakery prepare the treats from scratch in small batches, using fine ingredients like Madagascar vanilla and Valrhona chocolate to ensure premium flavor in every nibble."
Offered by Williams-Sonoma.

Fireworks display above the River Thames and the London Eye.
Photo: EPA/Daniel Deme.

"Daily Delight: Ball Chandelier" by Briana Mowrey.

 New Year's Eve in Times Square, New York City.
Photo credit: Countdown Entertainment.

Not everyone enjoys a big night out on the town, as the cover photo below attests. [Note the publication date - December 28, 1929 - just two months after the Wall Street crash that led to the Great Depression. Perhaps The Crash, not the club, is the cause of this couple's discomfort. What do you think?]
"The spotlight in a jazz club stops at the only couple who aren't having a good time on New Year's Eve."
Illustration by Peter Arno.
The New Yorker Cover, December 28, 1929.

Vogue Daily, December 12, 2011.
Photograph by Steven Meisel originally appeared in Vogue, December 2008. 

If a night on the town leaves you a bit bored [see photos above], consider staying home to enjoy some bubbles in the tub. . .  
Four fragrances: Strawberry (red), Apple (green), Bubblegum (blue), and Grape Soda (purple). 

"Personalized New Year's PJs" offered by Chasing Fireflies. Cotton.
Photo via Chasing Fireflies website.

Perhaps the best way to celebrate is to blow out the old year while wearing pajamas!
Happy 2014!!


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