The Cut’s Advent Calendar: 12 Days to Go!

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Before Pinterest, what did type-A party planners do to find inspiration? Apparently, they managed to perfectly execute a festive and girly shindig, as this photo from 1951 proves. Confetti, balloons, party hats, and pearls are all you really need this time of year, so use this as a starting point to get in the mood for New Year’s Eve.