My Christmas decorations are still decking the hall, with all but the live tree in place through Epiphany Sunday. But, I’m busy restyling the kitchen and dining room for New Years Eve tablesetting and entertaining.
With a gold, silver, black and white color palate, it’s not too difficult to make the change from Christmas to New Years.
Sparkling decorations are always festive.
Post-holiday clearance sales of metallic and crystal ornaments, beads, garlands, paper products, and candles make for decor that easily transition from one occasion to the next.
Do you set a special table to celebrate New Years?
Today, I’m revisiting two New Years Eve tablescapes, while sharing favorite entertaining and decorating ideas. Whether it’s an intimate setting for two to four, or a buffet table to serve a large party crowd, these are sure-fire to rock around the clock.
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New Years Table Styling Ideas
- Metallic tulle length of fabric layered over tablecloth, or as tablerunner
- Print clock faces on cardstock paper as placemats, or to anchor centerpiece elements
- Stack festive plates — embrace paper & plastic
- Use labels on gift bags or favors to double-duty as name place cards
- Create gift bag filler by shredding scrapbook paper made of festive print
- Individual-size champagne bottles make great party favors
- Purchase cookies decorated like watches & clocks to embellish cupcakes; give as favors
- Gather together noise makers, hats, ribbons, beads, clocks & candles to create festive centerpiece
- Create party hats & decorations from scrapbook cardstock paper & embellishments
- Purchase post-Christmas decorations and ornaments in silver & gold to decorate bar, table & chandelier
- Repurpose Christmas wreath and tree decorations with clock and timepiece elements
- Use masks in place of party hats & tiaras for a different look
Set the New Years Eve Table & Buffet
Styling a tablescape usually begins with a great tablecloth, runner and/or placemats as the underlying layer and foundation.
Rather than covering up the mahogany surface completely, I used a length of inexpensive metallic gold tulle as a table runner. No sewing required — just tuck, poof and shape into place. And, it’s reusable for other occasions and applications.
See the tulle runner in New Years Eve Tablescape: Diamonds & Top Hat.
Clock Face Placemats
Make your own placemats from these Victorian-inspired clock faces by VectoriaDesigns. The instant download provides eight different images for about $5.
An online or Pinterest search will also bring up free download options. Or, you might find ready-made clock paper and embellishments at a craft store.
Premade sheets (Pat Catans) were used under the character dolls I created for the Alice in Wonderland Table and Party Favors. They were also large enough to use as placemats in a New Years Eve tablesetting.
You don’t need a complete set of special dishes to style a great New Years table. Just one or two special styles of dessert or luncheon-size plates will do. Mix and match styles for dramatic effect. And, layer dishes with black, white or metallic chargers.
In the picture above, I’ve layered metallic gold chargers under Lenox Eclipse china. The black and gold decorated plate rim complements both the owl’s top hat and penguin’s diamond necklace. To the upper left is a clock face salad plate. In all, I mixed and matched four different plate styles and patterns with the chargers.
But, you don’t have to use china and crystal for a festive, fun New Years Eve tablesetting. Paper and plastic can be perfect for the occasion! Especially appropriate, if you are setting up a buffet to serve a large group. Or, maybe you are just starting out and don’t want to invest in or store a lot of tableware?
You can even find little appetizer-sized silver forks and spoons, and other dinnerware at Dollar Tree to dress up your New Years Eve tablesetting.
With paper plates, napkins and plastic flutes, cleanup is a snap!
Everyone loves to find a small gift or favor at their place setting.
Double-Duty Gift Tags as Place Cards
Plus, gift bags and favors can not only do double-duty as table decorations, but also as place cards. Simply add a name tag to personalize each favor.
Use Scrapbook Paper & Embellishments
Traci of Whimsy, Fancy Goods & Fine Events created these festive gift sacks using plain brown paper bags, but with lots of silver and gold embellishments. She also appears to have taken music sheet scrapbook paper sheets and run them through a shredder for stuffing the bags.
Craft your own party hats from scrapbook paper and embellishments. This can also be a fun do-head project for the kids and visiting grandchildren. Or, make something a little more sophisticated for your adult guests in advance of the party.
This year, I’m thinking of wearing the Queen of Heart fascinator I made for my Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party. It has lots of glittery embellishments to compliment a gold pantsuit.
Learn How to Make a Mad Hatter Fascinator, or several, as party favors for the ladies.
Simply change the fabrics and embellishments to reflect a New Years theme.
Perfect Favor for the Occasion
Along with a noise maker and chocolates, you might want to tuck an individual-size champagne bottle inside the bag.
Or, place one in each guest’s glass as I did for Celestial Tablescape Rings in New Year.
Decorate Cupcakes with Cookies
Another festive favor is a decorated, cutout cookie in the shape of a timepiece or champagne bottle. Just place it in a clear cellophane bag and tie with metallic ribbon.
Or, take a simple cupcake and turn it into a wow dessert, by placing a cookie into the icing on top.
I only needed four cupcakes for this intimate New Years Eve gathering. It would have taken too much time and effort to create four clock face cookies — so I purchased them instead. Then, I placed each cupcake in a lidded stand. Voila, dessert, favor and table decoration!
Create a Centerpiece
For each of my New Years Eve tablescapes, the centerpieces were assembled by gathering together items I already had.
It’s all about layering elements to create a New Years centerpiece. Begin by going vertical; decorating the chandelier or light fixture overhead. Drape it with beaded and crystal garland, and hang metallic balls — borrowing from the Christmas tree! Or, pick up some inexpensive shatterproof, plastic ornaments for the occasion.
And remember those paper clocks printed on cardstock? Cut those out and hang on the chandelier using strands of curly, metallic ribbon.
Next, gather together mirrors, timepieces, candles, and crystal and silver tableware. Mix those with noise makers, metallic ribbons, and party hats.
For a central “vase,” consider using an upside down top hat or silver champagne bucket. For the Celestial Tablescape Rings in New Year, I used a clear trifle dish.
The New Years Eve Tablescape: Diamonds & Top Hat centerpiece began with an ornate silver tray. Layered on top was a crystal cake stand that later held a grand gold luster dessert.
Yesterday, we attended a beautiful family wedding in the charming, historical town of Beaver, PA. It was so wonderful seeing my aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mom will be here to ring in the New Year with us. But first, we’ll make an evening visit to the Magical Phipps Winter Flower & Light Show.
One of my favorite things, is watching the Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day. How about you? Afterwards, I’ll be glued to the TV to watch my alma mater in a bowl game. At the same time, I’ll be texting and talking with family and friends. Crossing fingers and toes for a victory!
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Wishing you a happy and healthy year ahead.
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