Penguins in Diamonds & Owls in Monocles


A Diamonds and Top Hat, New Years Eve tablescape in the dining room features whimsical animal plates from West Elm.

Lady penguins and gentlemen owls are perfectly attired for an evening on the town to ring in the New Year.

Metallic gold and silver accents, clock face plates, formal china and crystal, candles, and party hat and tiara favors decorate the mahogany table.

See how easy it is create a festive New Years Eve tablescape, by complimenting your own tableware with a few glitzy accents to dazzle guests.

Come join the fun, and put on your party hat!

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Putting on the Ritz

The formality of the diamonds and top hat attire sets the tone for the New Years Eve tablescape.

First, I put down a length of metallic gold netting to serve as a table runner. It compliments the gold in the penguin and owl plates, china and chargers.



White linen napkins are each adorned with a penguin napkin ring. While, metallic gold and silver candles sparkle around the tabletop.


Instead of a singular centerpiece, I pulled out crystal and silver serving pieces, a cake stand, and candlesticks. Then, I arranged all the elements down the length of table.

Don’t you love the penguin shaker with its retro Mad Men took? Mr. Penguin was from Restoration Hardware a number of years ago. Growing up, I remember my parents having a lidded ice bucket decorated with penguins.


To set the table, I started with large gold chargers (Home Goods). Next, I layered my Lenox Eclipse wedding china — with decorative rim in gold and black — under the salad/dessert plates from West Elm.


Clock and watch face plates (Marshalls) are also set around the New Years Eve tablescape. Both sets were also used in Alice in Wonderland Table and Party Favors.

Dapper Animal Plates

West Elm, Gilded Dapper Animal plates were purchased online (several years ago) in a post-holiday sale. And, I even got free shipping!

Have you noticed how much of my tableware and holiday decorations were bought on clearance? I have to really, really love something to pay full price!

Now we have a West Elm store in Pittsburgh. I need to check it out one of these days. My sons living in Manhattan and Philly love West Elm style furniture, decor and home accessories.


I first saw the owl and penguin plates on Pinterest in the blog post, A Dapper Owl Holiday Table by Chloe Crabtree. She also had an adorable centerpiece of black hats you should check out.

The West Elm plates originally came in four designs, but I bought four each of just the owls and penguins. There were also ram and leopard plates.


Party hats and tiaras serve the dual purpose of guest favors and table decorations. Also included in the New Years Eve tablescape are peacock flatware (Wallace) and Bohemian-style crystal barware.


Check out more New Years Eve tablescape and party ideas on my Pinterest board, Pop the Cork!


And, don’t miss Celestial Tablescape Rings in New Year.

Tip Your Top Hat to New Years Eve Tablescape

I wish I had pictures of the meal to share! Too busy cooking, serving and playing hostess I guess.

The tablescape was from several years ago, before I was blogging. Even though, I look forward to bringing out the penguin and owl plates every year. Although Diamonds and Top Hat plates are ideal for a New Years celebration, I think they’d work well for any cocktail party. What do you think?


Wishing you and yours the very best in they year ahead,



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