Create a wintry look by using all white flowers and dishware

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As a stylist, Annette Joseph is well known for her flair with food prep and presentation. Her motto is “make it simple and make it gorgeous.” In this excerpt from her new book “Picture Perfect Parties,” Annette uses all white dish ware, flowers, and decor to create a wintry entertaining space that is perfect for ringing in the New Year. 

Host an all-white party for New Years Eve

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One of the first themed parties I ever attended was a “white party” in New York City. Every piece of furniture had been wrapped in white, and white flowers covered the buffet and the bar. All the food and drinks were white. The effect was truly ethereal and magical!

When you throw your own white party, remember to ask everyone to wear white. It adds to the décor and the mood. This party would be a great wedding shower or reception party, too!

Create a wintry look by using all white flowers and dishware

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Styling Secrets

  • Ask all your guests to wear white to reinforce the theme.
  • Pour the champagne cocktails as soon as the first guest arrives and place them on the buffet table.
  • Keep everything on the table and all the food items white—or as close as possible.
A cheese board is an entertaining must-have

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As for a menu, include store-bought items like cheese, honey, and sushi. Rounding up white food from the store makes perfect sense in this menu since the décor will take up more of your prep time.

Annette Joseph's Champagne Cocktail recipe

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

For a truly festive evening, no cocktail will delight your guests more than champagne. I use this Champagne Cocktail recipe!

Picture Perfect Parties by Annette Joseph

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