Ta­nia Fawcett, founder of The Vin­tage En­ter­tainer, shares her five must-have items for a clas­sic new year’s party

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1. New year is all about end­ing the year on a high and mak­ing sure the next one starts with some fun, I like to gather around 12-14 guests – the more the mer­rier! I start serv­ing drinks with a flour­ish; vin­tage bar­ware such as an­tique glasses, wine cool­ers or ice buck­ets looks stun­ning and al­ways pro­vides a con­ver­sa­tion trig­ger.

2. I keep the light­ing low since it im­me­di­ately makes the room feel spe­cial – es­pe­cially if the party is in your kitchen, which peo­ple are nor­mally used to see­ing you wash up in. I have a col­lec­tion of an­tique and vin­tage can­dle­sticks and can­de­labra that I haul out, but I use ribbed can­dles by Matilda Goad, since they add a con­tem­po­rary feel.

3. I love recipes from Ot­tolenghi or Anna Jones, who do amaz­ingly in­ter­est­ing sal­ads. They can be left piled on an­tique sil­ver-plated plat­ters on a side­board for peo­ple to come up and help them­selves. I cur­rently covet an amaz­ing 19th-cen­tury Chi­nese side­board from The Os­car Col­lec­tive.

4. I hate it when peo­ple get up from the din­ing ta­ble and leave straight away. I want them to re­lax into the evening and play games or chat; Lor­fords An­tiques has an amaz­ing range to choose from.

5. Com­fort­able din­ing chairs are vi­tal. I would like some mid-cen­tury modern ones if pos­si­ble since they are both com­fort­able and funky. The Old Cin­ema al­ways has a great se­lec­tion.

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