Saturday, December 27, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--A Gilded New Year's Eve

Hello, friends!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Are you enjoying the holiday season thus far?  I know I certainly am.  In honor of the New Year which is just a few days away, I thought I'd share an inspirational tablescape with a few tips to make your table shine.  These simple tips are elegant, easy, and most importantly, inexpensive!  I hope you enjoy the post!!

Choosing my color scheme
This year, I wanted to stay even more traditional than I did last year by choosing black and gold.  Black and gold for New Year's is not only a standard, but the color combination really makes a bold statement. 

I began my 2014-2015 New Year's Eve table with a plain black cloth.

Next, I added a strip of fabric to act as a runner.

Closer look.  I love these little metallic palettes!  Using a fabric such as this is an easy way to add sparkle and shimmer to your New Year's.

Gold chargers were placed,

followed by tall pillar candle stick holders at either side of the table.

Black candles (with elaborate gold labels I left on) were set in each candle holder.

Clear plates were set next, as to not take away from the color scheme;

followed by dark amber saucers.

Adding some kitsch
For me, New Year's Eve is all about fun, so at each setting, I added a napkin folded into a bow tie.  Who doesn't like to attend a black tie affair?  :)

To complete the napkin fold, first lay your open napkin onto a surface.

Fold to the right length-wise,

and again length-wise.  Turn napkin so that the open fold is facing away from you.

Fold the napkin toward the middle on both the left

and right sides.

Turn over.

Pinch your napkin,

and feed it carefully through your napkin ring.  Fluff.  All set!

Simple details
Simple small champagne glasses for toasting were placed at each setting,

and to complete the setting, gold flatware.  Easy!

Creating a simple long centerpiece
To create a centerpiece that falls length-wise down my table, I began by combining floral arranging foam blocks with a skewer.  You can make a centerpiece the length of the table making it as long or short as you want by using this simple method, just edit to your liking.

I began building the centerpiece by adding faux foliage from the center of the block outward.

I used inexpensive grocery store calla lilies to add drama.  Love the richness of the color!!


and add to the foam in sporadic areas along with the foliage.  Violà!

To add a little more dimension, little French candles were added at either side of the centerpiece.

Shown here.

The table is set!

I love the shimmer!!

Close ups of the place setting.

A couple more shots.

From my collection:

Black tablecloth, generic, Target
Sheer fabric with gold palettes, my local thrift
Gold chargers, clear plates, amber saucers, all, generic, from either The Dollar Tree or The 99 Store
Black napkins, generic, HomeGoods
Gold capiz shell napkin rings, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Gold flatware, Wallace Grand Duchess collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Tall candleholders, small candles, and pillar candles, all, Ross
Small toasting flutes, Ikea

Here's to hoping you all had a wonderful holiday, and wishing you a fabulous 2015!!


  1. I love the simplicity of your beautifully, elegant table.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so kindly, Marigene! Have a wonderful New Year!!

  2. Such a pretty, PRETTY table! I love the sparkle. That fabric is genius, and I love the napkins that look like bow ties. This is one of my favorite New Years' tables. Great job on this, but you always pay so much attention to detail that I enjoy looking at all the details. :-)



  3. You have created another spectacular table my dear. Very stylish and elegant indeed. I love the idea of the sparkly fabric to give a festive touch to the table without making a large investment. I may have to steal that idea sometime. The napkin bow ties complete the look.

    Wishing you and your family a blessed 2015.


    1. Thank you, my dear! Have a wonderful New Year's, warm regards for 2015!

  4. Really chic and festive! That gold cloth really made an impact, great idea! Happy New Year!...Christine

  5. Your table is stunning! You have inspired me sweet friend for my new year's table idea. love the black touches, it's so elegant and regal!
    Happy new year 2015.

    1. I'm flattered, thank you!! Have a wonderful New Year!! Best,

  6. Stunning! Have a happy New Year! Hugs, Martha

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE the sparkle fabric atop the black cloth and the clever black tie napkins! You were so smart to keep the centerpiece simple~ you are ready for a glam New Year!

  8. What a gorgeous table, I just adore all the glam! Love those napkins. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Happy New Year.............

  9. I love your beautifully glamorous black and gold New Years table. The glitzy glam table runner is perfect with the gold chargers and the cute napkin fold. Happy New Year to you and your family..... Candy.

  10. SO beautiful! And, thanks so much for sharing the idea to use a piece of sparkly fabric to adding glitz. Looking forward to trying that. Thanks!

  11. TY you for the great tutorial in your settings.

    A truly GLAM table.

    Have a blissy 2015.