For a New Year's Eve reception, I imagine a small, intimate wine-dinner. Find a glamorous locale and you'll have uber-romance...and nothing spells romance like red roses and lace. Not to mention the start of a new year with your #1. What better way to bring in the New Year than with a new spouse?
[Images, clockwise: Anne Barge, theknot, BCBG, via theknot, Smock Paper, theknot, Dessy, can't remember where I found the dining room or candles, Glamour, cake: theknot, Brides]