How to Throw a New Moon Party
Tuesday, January 16 marked the first New Moon of 2018, a New Moon in Capricorn, and… my birthday. It’s oddly coincidental, maybe even symbolic, that my 32nd birthday fell on this New Moon because New Moons signify fresh starts and new beginnings, and 2018 has already proven to be an exciting year full of surprises and upcoming adventures.
Capricorn’s symbol is the sea goat, a tenacious creature with a little bit of magic, so that means being ambitious, thinking about what you really want to be known for and putting it into action. Dream big! This is the time to really harness the magic of the universe, which only wants you to succeed.
To soak up all the lunar love going around and really ring in the New Year, I decided to throw a New Moon party. Here are all my tips and tricks so you can host your own!
The moon is feminine in all of her cosmic beauty, so getting an intimate group of girls together is the perfect way to celebrate. You can simply screenshot this invitation for yourself and upload it to a site like Evite or Paperless Post. Really think about who you want to invite to make sure it’s an open environment where everyone will feel comfortable sharing.
I wanted to keep things light and neutral. Cosmic without being too kitschy. A moon lamp and star-shaped fairy lights illuminated the spread, set against of a backdrop of eucalyptus and fluffy white hydrangeas.
I made the moon garland with the help of my friend Paper and Pine Co. by cutting acrylic into the different lunar phases and then sponge painting them with metallic white and silver for a seriously celestial vibe.
“Tell me the story about how the moon loved the sun so much, he died every night to let her breathe.”
I have a strange obsession with flower mandalas, so I wanted to create my own version with something else I love very much… cheese. Yes, I made a flower mandala out of cheese. Find out how to build your own here.
Did you know each zodiac sign has herbs associated with it? Rosemary is an herb of Capricorn because it supports focus and attention for the goal-oriented sign, so I made sure to incorporate it into the cheeseboard with Rosemary Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles (not pictured) and fragrant little sprigs throughout. Dill is another herb of Capricorn, so a wreath of dill adorned the goat cheese for a decorative embellishment.
To sweeten up the evening, we also had cupcakes and made these festive almond crescent cookies from Unconventional Baker.
I’m a sucker for anything floral and herbaceous, and this purple, planetary concoction was even named after the New Moon! Lemon and cucumber garnishes topped each glass like crisp, citrusy little mini-moons. I surrounded the flutes with rock candy to set the scene and replicate moon rocks.
New Moon Cocktail
1 bottle gin
12 oz violet liqueur
10 squeezed lemons
2 bottles club soda
Cucumber, lemon and mint (optional) to garnish
New Moon Crafting Station
After everyone was done mingling, we made our way to the crafting session where we had paint and colored pencils for what someone coined a casual “adult coloring party”. We asked everyone to paint or draw their goals because it helps you visualize and manifest more than just thinking about them or writing them down.
Some say that if you write a wish on a bay leaf and burn it, it’s more likely to come true, and because during a New Moon and up to 2 days after is the best time to make wishes, I put a jar of bay leaves on the table for people to write on and take home with them to burn.
Once everyone was finished with their artistic masterpieces, we made our way to the living room and gathered in a cozy huddle on the floor where I passed out little sprigs of lavender. We each drew a goddess guidance oracle card and talked about how it related to our lives. As we each shared our painting and intention for the New Moon, we threw our lavender into a bowl of bath salts, which was placed in the middle of the table.
At the end, everyone got to bring a jar of bath salt home with them as a reminder of their intention and to soak up the energy of the group. I made these cute tags with Paper and Pine Co. for a souvenir from the night.
It’s not too late to harness the magic of this New Moon. Think about it, what do you want to be known for? Now, make a wish and start putting it into action!