As you head into 2014, we couldn’t resist sharing a little inspiration for a glamorous way to ring in the new year. Sequins, sparkle and luxurious textures…Below is the perfect recipe for not only a beautiful cocktail party but one that is comfortable, fun and delicious. And, if this is a little much for ringing in your new year, you could also use the same ingredients to create the perfect engagement celebration that I know many of you are gearing up for in the new year. Happy 2014 and congratulations to all of the newly engaged couples out there!

Fig. No. 1: Twinkle in this sequin sweater dress from Stella McCartney

Fig. No. 2: Kate Spade makes you shine in her Karolina Pump

Fig. No. 3: Gold imprinted Thank You cards by Gilt are the perfect follow up to a sparkly engagement party

Fig. No. 4: Silvery & silky lounge furniture with gold accents will set a funky but formal mood for celebrating

Fig. No. 5: Vintage Swizzle Sticks with just the right amount of Gold from Kiss A Vintage on to accent your champagne cocktails

Fig. No. 6: Mercury Glass Lanterns from Roost to hang from every beam and banister will make the room sparkle

Fig. No. 7: Gold & luxurious pillow covers from West Elm will be perfect to cozy up your lounge

Fig. No. 8: Silvery Clutch from Louis Vuitton will accessorize and sparkle

Fig. No. 9: Mini Sparklers from The Last Detail will be a fun way to light up the night and send off your guests

Fig. No. 10: Pierrer Jouet Rose will offer a classic drink option as well as add the perfect amount of pink

In addition to beautiful decor, don’t forget to keep guests full, festive & merry! For a new year’s or engagement party full of sophistication and shine, we like a standing cocktail party with heavy appetizers, a champagne bar & familiar yet interesting enough music in the background to keep people guessing yet comfortable. Below is the menu & music we’ll be using to do just that.

For music, we asked our favorite DJ, Nahchey Storer, to put together a collection of his top tunes for an elegant but happening cocktail party.

These all could easily be popped into your iPod along with some of your tried & true favorites!