'Rudolph's Shiny New Year'

Tvpartywd28This is one of those in-between weeks when you don't know if you are ready to be done celebrating Christmas or ready to move on to the hope of a new year. Luckily for us, we have a special that combines both. A little Rudolph, a little Baby New Year and a whole lot of holiday cheer are in store in Rudolph's Shiny New Year, airing Tuesday, Dec. 30, on ABC. Sure, the premise is shaky and the plot is unfathomable, but where else are you going to find a time-traveling red-nosed reindeer chasing a kid in a diaper? We're thinking nowhere. So call your friends; we're partying like it's 2009 (almost).

Setting the scene:
The trick to decorating around a stop-motion holiday special is to recognize that low tech has its own rewards. And so we suggest, like the show itself, highlighting various years in history and working their theme. Rudolph, along with O.M. the caveman, travel back to 1 million B.C., 4,000 B.C., 1023, 1492, 1776, 1893 and 1965. Make large posters with the years in blue glitter. Producers Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass loved glitter for these specials. Add props where possible, such as a Declaration of Independence for 1776, a globe for 1492, a rock for 4,000 B.C. and a hippie for 1965. Add noisemakers, balloons and confetti when appropriate! Obviously, you can keep your holiday decorations up for this one as well.

Attire:
While we encourage as many people as possible to come as Happy (the Baby New Year), we're not sure how many will actually be comfortable in little more than a diaper, sash, top hat and giant ears. So leave options open to period costumes: caveman, Revolutionary War soldier, hippie, Father Time, elves, etc.

On the menu:
Nothing closes out the year like a buffet of gluttonous proportions. Have a mountain of shrimp, lobster, ribs, foie gras, miniburgers and make-your-own sundaes. And don't forget the champagne. After midnight, switch to pigs in blankets, gourmet waffles and Bloody Marys. Consider having someone man an omelet station.

On the hi-fi:
It's been covered by everyone, but we love What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? by Ella Fitzgerald. Also consider Brand New Year (My Revolution) by SheDaisy, Happy New Year by Nat King Cole, Let's Start the New Year Right by Bing Crosby and The New Year by Death Cab for Cutie.

The showstopper:
Nothing could send off Rudolph better than renting a herd of reindeer and parking them in your front yard during the party. Reindeer Games in Wisconsin can make your dreams come true!

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