New Year’s Eve is a time to enjoy cocktails and champagne toasts. Using cocktail glasses and barware as vessels for your floral décor is a great way to add a festive celebratory feeling to any size gathering. Here are a few ideas that I hope will inspire you to add some flair to your upcoming gathering. Just have fun with it and most importantly enjoy the time that you spend with your family and friends this New Year’s and remember to count your blessings!

Light up a bookshelf with a battery operated votive candle placed in a martini glass. When placing candles on a shelf you need to be careful that the shelves are not close to each other. Using a battery operated votive candle solves that problem and adds a nice unexpected glow.

Martinis on Bookshelf

A few lush red roses, sprigs of fresh cedar and baby’s breath will add a touch of elegance to any martini glass. Use them individually or grouped together for maximum impact. You could also give each guest this martini glass as a little party favor!

Rose Martini

To create the looks in the following images you will need floral gel, such as Crystal Accents, gemstones, shredded floral foam, fresh flowers, and various size martini glasses.

This martini gets its glow from a submersible light; available at craft and floral supply stores.

Martini Light

It’s still the holiday season, so why not add a small tabletop tree to the bar area. Using a silver ice bucket as the tree stand keeps it in the “cocktail party” theme!

Ice Bucket Tree

If you are short on time and want easy New Year’s Eve décor check out the Happy Hour Collection at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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