How The SL Team Is Celebrating New Year’s Eve

Still need a little inspiration for planning New Year’s Eve? From nights out with friends to fireworks and feasts at home, the SheerLuxe team shares what they’re doing this year.

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"We love to host New Year's – no cabs and no faffing outside in the cold. This year we're travelling until the day before, so supper needs to be low maintenance – we're going to pre-order cooked lobsters from our favourite fishmongers and serve them with a big salad and chips. We'll start with champagne but move onto buckets of my favourite white Montrachet while we eat, and then no doubt it'll be Casa Migos on the rocks as the night goes on. I'll pop to my local florist, Scarlet & Violet, that morning and get peach-coloured roses for the table, which can sit alongside lots of tapered black dinner candles, and because it's a special occasion I'll probably do menus and name places too. Gabrielle Art Studio has some gorgeous options, or my usual Romeo & Jules. Earlier in the evening it will be my favourite playlist of the moment which includes a lot of Stormzy, Little Simz and Burna Boy, but I suspect the 90s bangers will come out later. I'm going to dress up, because it's the last big blow out for a while – big earrings, killer dress, statement heels... the gang's all here."




“Normally, I feel a lot of pressure on New Year’s Eve to make sure I have a solid plan. To round off 2022, I am changing tack. We’ve booked a table for eight people at Ridgeview Wine Estate in Ditchling, near our home, and have left it open to whoever can make it. Often our friendship group never knows what they are doing until the last minute, so this way there’s an option for those of us who are free and fancy something low-key, but still celebratory. The food and drink there is incredible – think mezze sharing boards, fish canapés, burrata and baked figs, as well as a delicious selection of Sussex cheeses. We only have the table for a few hours, so afterwards it will be back to ours to watch the fireworks on TV with some bubbles – I plan on stocking up on a few of Mirabeau’s La Folie Rosé – my favourite. Comfort is always key for me, but especially on days like this when I plan on enjoying my food, I’ll be wearing my new satin pyjamas from Zara with a pair of strappy gold heels.”


“This year, I am staying with my family in Somerset. We’re going to start the evening with a drink at The Newt, then go to my sister’s house for an evening of canapés. I am planning on taking Della Vite prosecco to drink, which I tried for the first time at our SheerLuxe Christmas party and loved! In terms of my outfit, I have a new pink sequin LoveShackFancy dress I might wear, teamed with sequin heels and sparkly jewellery. Later in the evening, we’ll do fireworks and sparklers in the garden, which is one of my favourite traditions. I like to wake up on New Year’s Day morning feeling fairly fresh and ready for a country walk with my boyfriend and my dogs. It’s what makes me happiest, so it’s going to be the best way to start 2023.”

“This NYE I will be in Norfolk with my husband and two boys, and a couple of friends. It’s usually a very relaxed affair but I’m looking forward to being by a roaring fire with a few drinks and some delicious food. I will keep my outfit low key – maybe some high-waisted jeans, a fluffy knit  and some oversized crystal earrings. We will be having Norfolk oysters and champagne followed by roast beef and all the trimmings, and perhaps a couple of espresso martinis as the night goes on. I am planning on making a bit of an effort with the table but keeping it rustic and simple – maybe some central foliage, skinny candles and vintage champagne coupes. Last year, we had mini cocktail bottles from Lockdown Liquor and a fortune cookie for each guest which went down quite well, so I might do that again. We love to set off some fireworks after dinner when the kids are still awake and then keep a couple for midnight to ring in the New Year. A new tradition is our New Year’s Day swim in the sea, which we only started last year but I am determined to keep it going. It’s beyond freezing but it definitely sorts out the hangover!”




“I won’t be back from my family Christmas celebrations until the evening of the 30th, so I imagine I’ll start New Year’s Eve in leisurely fashion – probably with a book and coffee in bed. In the afternoon, I’ll take a last-minute stroll through town for any extras like cheese, fizz and olives before diving into a pub for a quick afternoon drink. I’ll start getting ready at around 7pm – this year, I’m planning on wearing a Batsheva dress I had my eye on for months and finally got in the NET-A-PORTER sale a few weeks back. We’ll meet a couple of friends at our local, The Hand in Hand, for a pint or two of Toadlicker – the artist David Shrigley’s beer – before heading home to assemble a meal kit from somewhere like Dishoom for a late, candlelit dinner while drinking cocktails and listening to our Spotify Wrapped playlist – this year’s seems to feature lots of Prefab Sprout and Khruangbin. Just before midnight, we’ll run over the road to our friends for a traditional Venezuelan midnight celebration (this partly involves running back and forth across the street with an empty suitcase, passport in hand, while trying to eat a grape for each of the 12 chimes) and we’ll stay there for the rest of the night. New Year’s Day is all about a long walk along the beach, a homemade roast and cracking open my 2023 diary.”

"This year, I'll be at a friend’s house in Godalming, only a short walk from home. She loves to host and is exceptionally good at it – there's always fresh flowers, plenty of candles and stunning table decor. So we'll be there with our two children for early drinks and nibbles, then dinner, more drinks and games. Whatever is served, I will be taking a small gift, some of my favourite olives and a great bottle of wine – my current go-to for a special occasion is this Pouilly-Vinzelles from Waitrose. On the outfit front, I'll be going for relaxed glamour. I recently bought a long black Raey cashmere dress, so I might wear that with boots and some sparkly earrings. We don't have any NYE traditions per se, but New Year's Day almost always involves a really long walk, followed by a drink in a cosy pub. I love the fact NYE signifies a fresh start and change – by the time it comes around, I'm usually ready for a reset.”


“NYE is one of my favourite times to go away, so I’ll be ringing in the New Year in Paris. My boyfriend and I have a few days of sightseeing and exploring the galleries before the main event. On the day itself, we’re having an early supper at Au Pied du Cochon in the Halles district in central Paris. It’s a very traditional bistro and everything is cooked exactly how it was when the restaurant first opened in the 1940s. Dinner will probably consist of French onion soup, croquettes and escargot to start (my favourite), followed by a few seafood dishes with plenty of fries, and a towering stack of profiteroles for pudding. After dinner, we’ll play it by ear and go to a couple of bars for drinks and a midnight toast. NYE is definitely the time for sequins, so I’ll be wearing sparkly trousers with a bodysuit and some black strappy heels. I’m exciting to wear my new diamanté bag which I spotted on Vinted last week.”




“As much as I love Christmas, there’s something equally magical about New Year’s Eve. After hunkering down for a few days, I’ll be more than ready to get back into the party spirit. We are heading to a friend’s house for the evening – I’ll be wearing silver sequin trousers, a black cashmere jumper and Next’s embellished bow flats. I’m in charge of bringing the fizz, and have earmarked a case of Aldi’s new Monsigny champagne. We had a similar version at our wedding – it’s well priced and tastes incredible. I’ll also be making some smoked salmon and blini canapés (topped with cod’s roe – cheat’s caviar) and a panettone bread-and-butter pudding, which is quite possibly the best dessert ever. If you’re not a baker, Forman & Field’s version comes highly recommended. A long walk on New Year’s Day is essential to blow away the cobwebs and enter 2023 with a sense of positivity and optimism.” 

“Every NYE, our families take it in turns to host and this year it's my parents' turn. It’s always the perfect excuse for us to get dressed up and take a million pictures (and probably a few TikToks!). I love a bit of sparkle so I will be wearing a metallic thread top and a miniskirt with a comfortable pair of shoes and, of course, fun earrings. My sister and I love hosting so we will be decorating the house with an array of candles. I saw some super skinny Zara ones on Charlotte's Instagram story and knew they would be perfect, so I’ve bought some! I also love small tealights dotted around to make the house look as twinkly as possible. After going heavy with the roast dinner on Christmas Day, we like to go for Indian 'party' food – think samosas, spring rolls and an array of curries made by my nan and mum. In the evening, we always do fireworks and sparklers, and watch the countdown on TV. New Year's Day is always a lot calmer, so my family and I will go to the Gurdwara for a peaceful prayer and blessings for the year to come.”

“After spending Christmas out of London, I’ll be enjoying New Year’s Eve back in the capital. We’re going to have friends over for dinner and my husband will be making beef wellington, which has become a tradition. While he’s slaving away in the kitchen, I’ll head to Borough Market to buy my favourite Comté cheese. I discovered it during in lockdown when it was the only place open. It means I’ll have a lovely excuse to wander around that part of town and grab something for lunch from one of the stands while I’m there. I like to make an effort with how I dress but hosting at home means comfort is key, so I’ll be wearing a velvet jumpsuit and low heels. By this time in the festive calendar, I want to dial down the Christmas décor, so the table will be dressed in this bold gingham tablecloth from Maison Margaux, which is the perfect backdrop for cream and gold accents. We’ll spend the evening around the table playing games in an effort to keep the teenagers with us as long as possible – Telestrations is a recent discovery. We also love to go around the table and say what our favourite memory of the year has been and what we’re looking forward to next year – I prefer that to making resolutions. At midnight we’ll open a magnum of Pol Roger, my favourite fizz, and watch the fireworks on TV. Once the guests have gone, I’ll clear up and just make sure that any leftover cheese finds a good home.”




“This year, I’ll be spending two nights in Brighton. New Year’s Eve itself will be at Brighton House and we’ll be staying in an Airbnb as a group of couples – Christmas is for family, NYE is for friends! We all live in London so wanted to leave and do something different. I like to go all out on NYE, so I plan on wearing a sheer dress from NBD with some sparkly heels. Before heading out, we’ll go for a boozy casual lunch, sharing our proudest achievements/greatest moments from the year – cheesy, I know, but I think it’s so important to be reflective, grateful and go into the new year with a positive mindset. As the night goes on, I expect there will be plenty of champagne, Eastern Standard cocktails and tequila shots!”

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