I love to entertain! I especially love to make pretty table settings. Because New Year’s Eve is coming up NEXT WEEK, I thought I would show you a sparkly silver and gold New Year’s Eve Tablescape.
I’ve finally wrapped the last Christmas gift, personalized the last ornament, and made 90% of the food for Christmas Eve! It’s ALWAYS SO HECTIC! Fun, but really BUSY. And once the dust settles from Christmas Eve and Day, it’s kind of neat to have something else to set my sights upon. Check out this easy and pretty table for the last night of 2022!
In this post...
When we think of holiday tablescapes, the first thing that comes to mind is a beautiful Christmas or Hanukkah table. I love these, but New Year’s Eve is more glittery and sparkly. It’s about shimmering and bubbles and mixing shiny things together. I will show you the individual place settings as well as the interesting centerpiece that took mere minutes to assemble. Let me show you what I created.
New Year’s Eve Tablescape
This particular New Year’s Eve Tablescape would work in most homes regardless of the style of interior design. I got this idea because I actually spend Christmas in snowy and cold Chicago but then head to sunny California to host a dinner party for New Year’s Eve. I love snow (thank you for yesterday’s winter storm!) and will be sad to leave much of my family while wintering in California.
Watch below how I used these snowy thoughts as my design inspiration.
Silver Table Decorations
I wanted to use both silver and gold decorations so I collected various seasonal items. I found some gorgeous silver (and gold) ball ornaments at Homegoods (similar, here). I also pulled out two different silver chargers. Pro-tip: Don’t worry if you don’t have enough of one type of table setting item for the number of guests. I just mix and match two different types of chargers. One is totally smooth and the other has a hammered edge. They work together beautifully.
My friend, Linda brought me small individual salt and pepper shakers which look fabulous at every place setting. The tops are silver. Awesome hostess gift!
Gold Table Decorations
For gold decorations, I found cool mesh placemats, as well as gold flatware. As noted above, I added gold ball ornaments to the centerpiece. I also added brass candlesticks of different heights which I love! The candles that I added are battery-operated but look very realistic.
How I Made the New Year’s Eve Tablescape
The first step in creating my NYE tablescape is to show you my pretty and very neutral tan quartzite dining room table. I love it because it is so sturdy and doesn’t need pads to insulate it from heat and water rings.
Next, I put out these lovely wipeable gold mesh placemats. I love mixing silver and gold, especially over the holidays.
Here is the hammered silver charger. I love the reflective quality of metallic chargers. I just clean them after dinner with Windex. Easy-peasy.
A funny story happened to me a few years ago. I was at Crate and Barrel in December and I saw a gorgeous blue and silver Hanukkah table setting with shiny silver chargers. I asked the clerk if she had any others I the store and she said, “no”. Then I gingerly asked her if we could undo her beautiful work and purchase them. Yep! What a playful memory!
Now, I add white ceramic plates. White plates are my favorite as they really look attractive with all types of food.
Next I add the cutest La Rochere water glasses with little bees on them for a bit of whimsy. Then I added the miniature salt and pepper shaker set, as well as a champagne flute. Lastly, I added a gold-rimmed dessert or salad plate. The plate is from Homegoods and here is a similar one.
Here I added gold flatware. It’s totally dishwasher safe and due to the kitchen trend of brass hardware on cabinets and appliances, it’s very useful every day. I also found these pretty gold print 100% linen napkins at Homegoods (similar, here).
Look at my VERY FUN white fur pelts as part of my centerpiece. I wanted to bring in the feel of winter and coziness. Do you like them? Of course, you can use them the rest of the year as an accent rug or on a bench.
Pro-tip: Do you know the EASIEST WAY to remove wax from candles? Just pop any holder in the freezer for about thirty minutes. The wax will pop right out!
Aren’t these brass candle stick holders so cute? The candles are battery-operated and when lit, they look VERY REALISTIC! The reason for the battery-operated ones is I don’t want any worries of a fire if accidentally knocked over and setting the fur pelts afire!
Now we’re really getting to the good stuff! I’ve lit the votives and placed a mixture of silver and gold ornaments. I actually use plastic gold and silver balls now that I have four little grandsons. They won’t be here for this dinner, but I made the switch from glass ornaments to plastic recently as they are less of a concern if dropped.
Here’s a close-up of a place setting. Isn’t it so pretty?
Here’s the table from a different angle where you can see all of the candles while lit.
Conclusion to my Holiday Tablescape
I love entertaining and it all starts for me with a beautiful holiday tablescape. What do you think? Does this work for you? It seems like a lot interchangeable but was really easy and quick to put together. Most of the supplies are useful for lots of other meals. The candles, flatware, glassware, salt and pepper sets, and plates are all very basic.
I hope you enjoyed this New Year’s Eve table. All the items are linked so that if you click on the highlighted items, you can easily purchase them.
Happy New Year’s to you! May it be a happy and healthy new year for you and your family.
PS Here are a few more posts for you to enjoy: