New Years Eve Lunch Party

Today is our last post until the new year! And we couldn't think of a better way to end the year than with this beautiful New Years Eve Lunch Party planned and designed by the lovely Rebecca K Events.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Thank you for all your support during 2018, Coco Lane's first year has been an absolute blast and we look forward to sharing more inspiration in 2019!

From Rebecca: Life around the Christmas season gets to be, busy. Christmas parties, work events, activities, shopping, baking. While it can often be fun, it can also often just go in high speed and you forget to enjoy it a bit and be thankful for everything that the year has brought you! Being a professional party planner, I live in the world of events week after week and sometimes forget to enjoy them all. This year I decided to host a small luncheon party on my own and thank a few of the suppliers that I had worked with during 2018. I wanted to enjoy the party! I decided to plan a fun, sparkly, confetti filled get together where we could all get dolled up and enjoy each others company while not being in the middle of a wedding or photoshoot or meeting, just chatting, drinking and celebrating the exciting things in the year ahead. I wanted to have a theme that fun and something very different then what I would plan for a wedding or event, but something a bit quirky but also filled with simple items that anyone could put together at home. 

Below I am sharing a few of my favourite ideas on creating what may look like an over the top glitter filled party, but was actually filled with very simple but very effective party details! 

CREAT A THEME

I wanted the lunch to be glittery, confetti filled and shiny and stuck to this. I used the white studio space we had and filled it with simple elements such as hand cut confetti in my colour palette, a very inexpensive metallic fringe backdrop from Amazon and a table top that was created out of a roll of gift wrap. I made invites for everyone that clearly stated to throw confetti into the air and celebrate the year ahead, and from the hand painted plates to the confetti decorated trays I made, I stuck with the theme. 

MAKE A SIMPLE MENU 

I wanted to make us lunch but also didn't want something that would take days to prepare before or onsite. With the holiday season in full swing and so many companies offering really nice prepared food options, I decided to order some prepared sushi and spring rolls and then made my favourite chicken salad and put it into individual Chinese take away boxes so it would be quick and easy to serve. {recipe below} A fun get together with friends does not need to include Michelin star recipes. Delicious simple food and wonderful conversation can be the best! 

LEAVE THE SWEETS TO THE PROS 

I think every party should have a really show stopper dessert. For this party I thought a fun party theme dessert table would be perfect! Instead of spending days baking and really not achieving what I have envisioned {I plan parties but I am NOT a pastry chef!} I ordered some party themed, very fun sweets from Cocoa & Silk. With a quick discussion of my theme and color palette, we mixed it up and created something super fun! A sweets table also acts as a decor point as well! 

SERVE A FUN SIMPLE COCKTAIL AND A NON ALCOHOLIC OPTION

I LOVE serving a fun drinks to guests. Whether it is served in a. beautiful glass or has an amazing fun drink stirrer, rarely do guests say no. I made fun themed disco ball drink stirrers by simply hot gluing baubles onto straws with satin ribbons. Combined with a glitter star and placed in a beautiful glass, a simple glass of Prosecco and blackberries became a very fancy drink! For guests not drinking alcohol, I offered a pre made Blackberry & Hibiscus soda that I added sparkling water to and voila, easy drink! 

GIVE YOUR GUESTS A LITTLE GIFT

Without going over the top I wanted my guests to leave with a little thank you gift for all the projects we had worked on together one the year. The disco ball cups were an amazing decoration on the table but also acted as a gift to take with them. I also set a little notepad next to everyones place setting that read "Do What You Love"as a reminder for the year ahead! The silver bag was filled with champagne gummy bears which were a perfect treat for the afternoon when they got home! 

MAKE THE TABLE DECOR SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE

With a table top created from gift wrap I wanted to set a lot of candles on top of it to reflect the light and decided against any flowers. I collected loads of white and silver candles and sprinkled them around the room. I cut my own confetti so that it was in the correct shades of lilacs and purple and then added two easy touches that went a long way. The napkins I dyed to be a light purple on my own and the plates I painted to have a confetti effect, simple projects to do but added the perfect hint of pretty! Hanging above the table I added loads of purple shads of ribbon. Easy to set up with blue tack it made a really pretty effect when sitting below! 

HAVE FUN. DANCE. THROW CONFETTI. TALK. CELEBRATE!

Honestly! We threw confetti and laughed, danced around to music, it truly was a lovely day. Gather your friends, break away from your desk, set some time to celebrate! 

DRESS CODE

When I sent the invitations out I told guests to add a little sparkle to their outfits, this alone gave a hint that the party with a celebration. I think the dress code sets a tone for the theme of the party ahead. 

ASIAN CHICKEN SALAD

INGREDIENTS

For the salad:

2 split chicken breast halves (skin and bones on) roasted and shredded

olive oil

salt & pepper 

1 heart of romaine - finely shredded 

1/2 head red cabbage,- finely shredded

1 carrot, peeled and then shaved 

3/4 cup shelled edamame (thawed if frozen)

1 firm-but-ripe avocado, diced

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup basil, chopped

1/4 cup mint, chopped

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1/4 cup cashews, toasted 

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

 

For the dressing:

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1/4 cup sesame oil

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

2 tablespoons water

Peanut Satay Sauce 

METHOD

• Mix all salad ingredients. 

• Whisk dressing ingredients together. 

• Divide salad amongst four containers. 

• Drizzle dressing over salad evenly and top with a drizzle of peanut sauce. 

Credits: Planning + Design: Rebecca K Events | Hair + Makeup: Leanne Hodson | Desserts: Cocoa + Silk | Photography: Claire Graham Photography | Attendees: Claire, Cecelina, Rebecca & Alison

My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones. 

I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary.  Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.

I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring  us to live beautifully.

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl