I’m thrilled to be joining some friends to bring you ideas for setting a New Year’s Eve tablescape. Personally, I think this holiday can be tricky to decorate for because it’s traditionally associated with the colors black and silver, as well as a big, flashy disco ball. I challenged myself to use what I had in order to put my own twist on a New Year’s Eve celebration, and here is what I came up with.
Elegant New Year’s Eve Tablescape
I decided to create a tablescape that would flow well with our Christmas tree (in case I’m too tired to take it down before the new year) but also be fun and thematic enough for my girls. I knew I wanted to use my vintage tabletop clock to give a visual of the start of a new year and the passing of time. I also knew the table needed to be well stocked with sweets.
I started this tablescape with sparkling white grape juice topped with fresh cranberries, but halfway through the shoot I impulsively swapped that out for water because I thought it would photograph better. I like them both, but I love the golden color of the sparkling grape juice and should have left it alone. I just thought you might like to know why there are two different looks going on here.
I love these new glasses I picked up from World Market. They’re perfect as water goblets but can double as wine glasses. We don’t drink or serve wine much, so we only need wine glasses occasionally. These are the perfect compromise.
Using what I already have in new and interesting ways fuels my creativity and helps our family’s bottom line, and this tablescape was no different. These are our everyday dishes and silverware, but I added special place mats and linen napkins tied with a delicate satin bow and sprig of cedar to liven them up.
This place setting reminds me of winter and the fresh new start we all get at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve every year. The greenery bridges Christmas with New Year’s Eve and is a visual reminder that spring is on it’s way…my very favorite season and the one I long for more than any other.
My girls were drooling over all the goodies I piled up in the vintage ice cream dishes I’ve collected from thrift stores. Putting them out on the table is a fun way to add edible (and therefore disposable) decor but also to provide dessert without having to serve it on a plate.
This season I’ve been all about the delicate satin bows all over everything. It’s such a simple way to add a touch of sweetness and femininity. I love the idea of a bow as a napkin ring…it’s just lighter and fresher.
This brass dear head vase was the jumping off point of this whole tablescape. I wanted to use it because it’s gorgeous, reminds me of winter, and looks amazing with big, fluffy hydrangeas, evergreen sprigs, and these beautiful faux red berries I added in.
Isn’t this vase to die for? It was a total score from a local antique shop.
Well, the table’s all set and ready for the big countdown. I’m so happy with how this turned out and that it’s not over the top glitzy, but it does speak to the New Year’s Eve holiday in an elegant, understated, fresh-start sort of way. I already know my girls are looking forward to gathering around this table and sharing one last meal in 2019 as we prepare to usher in 2020. What a beautiful way to begin a new year!
Tell me, are you having a New Year’s Eve gathering? Will it be rockin’ with a silver disco ball or will it be reflective and elegant? Whatever it is, let me know in the comments and have a blessed start to your New Year.
Make sure to check out all of my friends’ tablescapes below. There are some really good ideas!