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December 15, 1995 - Image 79

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-12-15

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Left: Puttin' on the glitz: Linda Hayman is the consummate
hostess.

Below: The Pajama Game: A new twist on New Year's Eve with
(left to right) Jenifer Rosenwasser, Jennifer Mattler, Scott
Stewart and Valerie Sklar.

Bottom: New Year's Eve is as easy as black and white, according
to party goers Sandy Dembs (left) and Linda Hayman.

Or, create a'Ublecloth" of rib- Remember, anyway you com-
bons of different widths and col- memorate, you'll be following the
ors. Colman expl4als; You must ancient custom of the celebra-
use a ton of ribboiifrom 1-inch tion of Israel's triumph against
to 5-inches wide. Also, hang it tyranny.
from the ceiling, make napkin
rings with it, and tie lots of heli-
um-filled balloons with lots of
ribbon streamers and suspend
them freely over the dining-room
table. The streamers drape over
the table and helium is non- The ambiance you create for
your New Year's Eve bash will
flammable."
As always, tell the story of set the tone for the entire
Chanukah and play dreidel. evening of festivities. Your per-
Sing Chanukah songs and en- sonal style dictates how your
joy Jewish music like The Old party will look. We offer three
World Beat, by the Klezmer special and different ideas that
Conservatory Band (available can help you ring in the new —
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MA gi
with flair

Happy
ew Year

If your look is clean and con-
temporary, make your evening
a study of black and white: black
and white linens and china,
black bottles of champagne and
all-white flowers. Continue your
theme in the foods you serve:
blackened fish, white asparagus
and pureed potatoes with black
bean sauce is one idea. Let your
imagination soar. Complete the
mood with David Sanborn's
newest, Love Songs, a collection
of favorites to accompany your
night. Your evening will be chic
and dramatic.
Is glitz your credo? Drape
your table in gold lame (buy
some at your favorite fabric
store). An enormous floral cen-

terpiece and candles are stun-
ning. And, just when you think
you've done enough, do more.
Fill a silver tray with crystallized
fruits, (brush whole fruits and
grapes with egg-white and roll
in granulated sugar). Wrap a
large plant or tree in small white
lights. Pure Hollywood.
Glittery gold hats, tiaras and
noisemakers make your guests
part of the decor. Silver and gold
dominate the evening. For so-
phisticated background music,
try Michael Frank's newest,
Abandoned Garden, with its
Brazilian and bossa nova hiflu-



ences.
Nostalgia. Be a kid all
over again. Throw a paja-
ma party. You'll want pic-
tures of your guests in
their woolies and flannels.
Serve breakfast at mid-
night (use oversized bowls
with really big spoons):
cinnamon toast, Mickey
Mouse waffles, oatmeal,
scrambled eggs and Pop
Tarts, hot cocoa (spiked if
you insist) and Martinel-
li's sparkling cider. Use
dish towels as napkins.
Play games like Twister.
Run continuous cartoons
on your VCR. This time
your parents won't care if
you're too noisy.
For more ideas, Colman of
Gourmet Parties suggests cre-
ating a festive centerpiece with
New Years novelties. "Just pile
the table with hats in the center
and blowers and bells leaning
against the hats." Another idea
she likes is "rolling mylar paper
over the table as a tablecloth. It's
inexpensive and easy to find. Re-
member, you are going for a
whole look and details count."

OUR PARTY DECORATIONS GRACE THE HOME
OF LINDA AND STEPHEN HAYMAN; PLACE
SE I I INGS, DECORATIONS AND LINENS
COURTESY OF STUDIO 330;. TABLECLOTHS
COURTESY OF PARTY LINENS; FLORAL
ARRANGEMENTS COURTESY OF ALL ABOUT
FLOWERS.

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