Welcome the year in style
By MARY JANE PARK
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 27, 2001
Lots of people are staying home to ring in the new year, gathering in small groups to raise a glass on New Year's Eve or having open houses Jan. 1. However you celebrate, we wish you a happy 2002.
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Black-eyed peas are said to bring good luck: Try eating them with rice in Hoppin' John, or pour dry peas into a tray and use them as a base for a centerpiece that holds votive candles. White plastic tray, $1. Dollar General Store. Black-eyed peas, 2 pounds for about $1.50, supermarkets; set of votive candles, about $2, craft, drug, discount stores.
|Champagne, sparkling cider and ginger ale bubblies look festive in these hollow-stemmed glasses. Champagne flutes, set of 8. $19.99. Bed Bath & Beyond.
||Chill canned and bottled beverages on ice in this versatile vessel. Fill it with confetti for scattering as 2002 begins. Use it as a giant salad bowl, or line it with plastic and take spent goods to the trash or recycle bin. Party bucket. $8.99. Home, department, discount stores.
|Gold and cream get black accents in these sophisticated paper goods: Cocktail napkins, $4.50 for 20; napkins, $5.50 for 20; salad/dessert plates, $4 for 8; dinner plates, $5.50 for 8. Beach Drive Papery, 154 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 821-9942.
Lighting and music help set the tone of a party. Try starting with fairly upbeat tunes (Soul Food, Cyrus Chestnut), move into more stirring stuff (Cocktail Capers, Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 8). Once the big ball has descended, switch to a calmer mood (Nightclub, Patricia Barber; What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong). Or choose your own soundtrack from your favorite brick and click stores.
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