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Flutes, confetti & fun

Ah, New Year's, a time to remember the good, banish regrets, anticipate the wonders ahead. Whether your festivities are quiet or boisterous, we wish you happiness, health, peace and prosperity in 2001.

Caviar takes on a metallic taste when served on metal, hence the mother-of-pearl serving pieces. A Southern "caviar" for New Year's involves black-eyed peas, which represent coins. Along with greens (for folding money), they are said to bring wealth. Plate, $22. Spoon, $8. Restoration Hardware; http:// www.restorationhardware.com.

An unbreakable insulated acrylic ice bucket is a great party essential and can double as a champagne cooler. Jubilee embossed grape double wall ice bucket, $19.99. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

5-ounce plastic champagne flutes, package of 10, $6.49. Party City.

Flutter Fetti confetti sticks, three-pack, $3.99 Party City.

What's a party without noise, glitter and funny hats? Fringed blowouts, set of 8, $2.49. Foil glitter top hat, $1.89. Jubilee Collection New Year's eve party assortment (five each: printed foil hats, glittered tiaras, 16-inch blowouts, 5-inch horns, plastic leis), $6.99. All items, the Big Party.

Each Jan. 1 brings a clean slate, a calendar of empty pages waiting to be filled. This one, from the American Orchid Society, is the organization's 80th edition. Available by mail order from American Orchid Society, Dept. CAL21, 6000 S Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33405-4199; online at http://orchidweb.org.. $10.95 plus $3 state tax and shipping.

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