New Years Eve Party Inspiration

With Christmas nearly out of the way it is time to start thinking about New Years Eve!

Here are a few of our favourite ideas for decorating ready for the night. Perfect for a quiet family occasion or full on party!

Balloons!

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Balloons are simple and versatile decorations for New Years Eve! Fill them with glitter or confetti or cover the outside. Make a balloon ceiling or use helium to float them around. Use them as a countdown for 12 or attach photographs to the ribbon. Plenty of ideas!

Backdrops!

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Everybody loves taking photographs on New Years Eve, here are some pretty simple ways to make an interesting backdrop for your festive images.

Party Favours!

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A great way to decorate the table is with party favours. Whether this is little bottles of champagne or with little bags or jars. Include party hats, blowers, sparklers, straws, sweets, balloons, fortune cookies (see below) or little gifts.

To The Past

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We think a great tradition on New Years Eve is to look back over the year and think of all the good times. Here is a little game that you can download and print to get people talking about the year. If you’re having a group of people that you know extremely well over, then you can also make a little quiz of the year. Use little facts (good and bad) that most people will know and will get a reaction.

Available: www.aliceandlois.com/new-years-game-free-printable/

To The Future

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We love the idea of a memory jar! We are going to make one for the family this year. Fill it with little things that happen through the year and open it the next New Years Eve! We are going to put our New Year resolutions in ours too. Making little paper fortune cookies are a cute way to get little inspirations and support for the New Year.

Happy Decorating and Happy New Year!

Bethvictoria.com

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Salt and Silver at the Tate Britain

We headed over to the Tate Britain yesterday to check out their exhibition ‘Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860’ a look into the early photographic process of using light sensitive paper coated in silver salts to create photographic prints.

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The overall exhibition was very interesting, getting to see images that were taken so long ago and look so much better than the photoshopped to death photographs that we see now.

Here are a few of our favourites

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Roger Fenton, Captain Mottram Andrews, 28th Regiment (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot, 1855

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John Beasly Greene, Egyptian Sculpture fragments, 1856

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 Linnaeus Tripe, Puthu Mundapum, view of nave. Trimul naik’s choultry. 

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Studio of Matthew Brady, Landing supplies on the James river Virginia, 

We want to know what the guy lying on the white pile in the bottom just of centre left is doing.

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William Fox Talbot, Scene in a Paris street, 1843

Finally a classic photographer and a classic photograph.

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Although it was a great exhibition the focus on Talbot’s ‘creation’ of the photograph was a niggling issue that we couldn’t shake off. Above is ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, thought to be the earliest surviving photographic print made in 1825. We understand the exhibition is about the salt and silver process, but we think that this photograph should have been mentioned.

 Bethvictoria.com

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