This year I’ve had fun making my New Year’s table sparkle with gold and silver and candlelight.


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You might remember my Thanksgiving table.  The gold trim on the plates were the hint I needed to splash gold accents all over my table.  Then for an early Christmas party I decided to splurge and purchased some silver chargers for just 99 cents.  That table setting was a twist on elements of the Thanksgiving table but in silver.


Silver Server + Candlelight + Nuts + Pinecones -


In preparing my New Year’s table setting, I thought it would be fun to meld the gold and silver together for a perfectly imperfect New Year’s Celebration.

You may notice a return of some familiar gold and silver accents.  It really is a lovely combination and makes the table feel quite celebrative.  Perfect for a party on New Year’s Eve or a brunch or dinner on New Year’s Day.

This gold and silver tablescape is really dressy.  But, why not ring out the old year and ring in the New Year with plenty of pizzazz?


New Year's Party Gold & Silver Centerpiece -


The centerpiece of the table was created on a very ornate footed silverplate serving tray.

The tray was gifted to me quite a few years ago and spent its life in the box until now.  Shredded golden ribbon I used around the nativity on my sideboard was next placed on the tray.  To that I added a gold and a silver nut ball.  I usually like to place items in odd numbers, but only two would fit in the space and allow room for the vintage water glasses, small sherbet dishes, gold mosaic hurricanes – which I picked up at Wegman’s several years ago, and even a bud vase. You’ll notice that one of the gold hurricanes is taller.  I turned a sherbet dish upside down, topped it with a ring of sticky tack, and firmly placed the hurricane on top.  So easy and fun.

Once all the major elements were in place, I added various nuts and pine cones that I had previously spray painted gold or silver.  As pretty as it is, the addition of tea lights make the centerpiece bright and dramatic.  I had lots of fun photographing it with my tiny Nikon Coolpix S610 pocket camera.  A few shots have been reserved for a later time.


Longaberger Dinner Plate, 2013 New Year's Table Setting


This is not a matchy matchy table setting!

A mix of pieces, each place setting begins with silver chargers, then a Classic Blue Woven Traditions Dinner Plate from Longaberger, a small plastic plate from the Dollar Tree which I spray painted gold, and a vintage dessert bowl filled with a silver leaf and a golden walnut holding a blessing place card.  The silverware was my mother’s and the vintage goblets are a golden yellow.   All this loveliness was finished with the addition of ivory stripped napkins I made, and inserted into the leaf-topped napkin ring which I also created for Thanksgiving.  The little gold plate was added so that the crystal dessert bowl wouldn’t disappear on the plates and to add a bit of gold to the table setting.


Gold New Year's Blessing Place Cards - AnExtraordinaryDay


What could be more special at New Year’s than giving your guests a blessing?  

Instead of the usual place cards, which are fun but not necessary for a small dinner party, I thought I would make blessing cards.  Which spot would you choose, just based on the blessing cards?

The walnut place card holders are the same ones I used at Thanksgiving.  I shared how easily they can be made here.  The gold cards with silver lettering were created using Microsoft Publisher.  The font is Rochester.  Then they were printed on cardstock and cut with a paper trimmer and scissors.  Very simple.


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For the festivities, I created a New Year’s Wreath to grace the wall over the sideboard which I recently painted.

For a little extra panache I added a vintage creamer and sugar bowl that was silver on the outside and gold on the inside.  With the addition of a lit tea light, those little pots glowed!  An assortment of gold and silver leaves and nuts were sprinkled about along with die cuts of 2013.   More leaves, nuts and numbers were placed between guests on the sides along the main centerpiece, too.


Sparkling New Year's Table Setting -


This gold and silver tablescape sparkles with light and color!   It is equally as stunning in the daylight for a brunch as it is for ringing in the New Year at midnight.   The beauty is in the elements of nature – glowing in silver and gold, an assembly of mixed vintage glassware, an assortment of dinnerware, and candlelight to make it all shine and come to life.


What are your plans for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day?


One of my favorite things to do on New Year’s Day is to watch the parade.  Don’t you think it would be fun to work behind-the-scenes on making one of the floats?  They are amazing works of engineering and art.


Wishing you the most extraordinary and blessed New Year!!


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  1. I like that you “pull out all the stops” whether it is for two or twenty-two. I like that you can use costly items alongside dollar store bargains, and yet nothing looks cheap. (Except for the birds on the feeder. Cheap, cheap!)

  2. Your tablescape is stunning. Love the gorgeous gold and silver and all the sparkle. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    • Diane says

      How nice of you to say that, Marty! 😀 My face is sporting a big grin now!

  3. Love all the bling of your new year table setting! The creamer and sugar set just add to it all so beautifully. Hope you have a happy new year! Visiting via MM.

    • Diane says

      Weren’t they the perfect silver/gold combo?!
      Thanks for visiting, Dotsie, and for your sweet thoughts!
      Wishing you an Extraordinary New Year!

  4. I love the gold and silver mix! A very pretty and festive table setting! The blessing cards are a fantastic idea! Stopping by from TTT. Happy New Year!

    • Diane says

      Hi Cristina!
      I’m so glad you like the blessing cards. It’s the little things that encourage the heart.
      May your New Year be blessed in every way!

  5. Love this table! The mix of textures is wonderful. It all sparkles. What a great way to usher in the new year! Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

    • Diane says

      I am thrilled that you like my New Year’s table! 😀 Thanks for your kind remarks!
      May your New Year be the best yet!

  6. Mel says

    Wow……the whole thing just glows of gold. It’s quite lovely.

    I’m afraid our spread was paper plates and the dinner of the ‘grab and go’ type. *laughing* It’s all good. No one went hungry! 😉
    Happy 2013!
    And well done, you.
    It’s gorgeous.

    • Diane says

      Ah….but the joys shared together are more important and meaningful than any pretty table. Always!!!

  7. What a fabulous table! I got a lot of ideas from this post. I love the way you brought all the elements of your other tables together in the centerpiece. They really sparkle! Also, I like what you did to the wreath to make it New Year’s ready! . Hope 2013 is your best year ever!

    • Diane says

      You just made my day! 😀 I love it, Leslie, that you found the post helpful.
      Thank you, too for your sweet and encouraging remarks!
      May your New Year be filled with unimaginable joys!

  8. What a very luxe setting for New Yaer. Beautiful! I remember painting a lot of nuts gold and silver. We liked putting them on shapes. I love the liquid amber or sweet gum balls which can be syuck on cones & golded as well. Just beautiful! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Ruth. I made those nut balls a very long time ago. A fresh coat of glitz and they were like new again. Some crafts have a forever life.
      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting a lovely party.

  9. Table decor is stunning! I love all those silver and cold candles 😉

    Happy New Year 🙂

    • Diane says

      You are so kind Sylvia! Thank you for stopping by…it makes my day!
      Wishing you An Extraordinary New Year!

  10. Maria says

    How beautiful! I love all the gold and just LOVE all the gold walnuts! How beautiful! Happy New Year!

    • Diane says

      Who knew a little gilding would be so spectacular on a simple walnut?!
      Thanks for your encouraging remarks, Maria!! 😀
      May your New Year be amazing!

  11. Hello! I found you on Debbie Doo’s hop! LOVE gold and silver! It is my favorite color combination for the holidays. Following you on the ever-addicting Pinterest 🙂

    • Diane says

      Well thank you Raquel!!!!! 😀
      See you there!

  12. Love the mix of gold and silver.. always so festive. A very pretty table. Love the centerpiece on the silver tray.. Happiest of year to you! xo Marlis

    • Diane says

      Awww thanks Marlis!!!!
      Wishing you An Extraordinary New Year!!!

  13. Beautiful tablescape. I love the gold and silver. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

    • Diane says

      How nice of you to stop by with such a warm invitation!
      Thank you Debi!!!

  14. Karen says

    I just love the mix of silver and gold! So pretty!

    • Diane says

      Thank you sooo much Karen!!
      Wishing you An Extraordinary New Year!

  15. Just beutiful! I tend to think gold and silver for New Year’s too. Sometimes I throw some light blue in (not sure why).

    • Diane says

      Light blue sounds pretty Joyce. Maybe next year I’ll try that with silver. A girl’s gotta switch it up!!
      Happy New Year!

  16. Linda says

    Hi Diane, Whenever I see silver and gold I think of my girl scout days: Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold! Your table is stunning! I would like to sit at the Hope/Strength spot. I think it is speaking to me right now. Happy New Year. Linda

    • Diane says

      I had forgotten that old motto, Linda. Love it! Perfect for New Year’s. Yes?
      May your New Year be filled with hope and strength!

  17. mrsben says

    LOVING everything! Will be storing the ‘nutballs’ in my my memory bank as they really are quite unique. ºÜº
    Bonne année à vous et au vôtre! (Happy New Year to you and yours!) -Brenda-
    P.S: I think I would choose to sit at the Love and Wisdom spot.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Brenda!! The nutballs are amazing statement pieces in holiday decor for me. I have had lots of fun with them a long time ago…and now again this year. They are a little work to do…but so worth it. And they have stored and held up through five moves with minimal ‘packaging.’
      I so appreciate your kind remarks. (I think Love and Wisdom might be the ultimate spot, too. To have one without the other makes the union so powerful.)
      May your New Year be Extraordinary!!

  18. Zuni says

    Hi, Diane. I’m new to your blog, will be your next new follower. I like gold and silver together (even in my jewelry!), so I liked your table a lot! Lots of great shimmer, even in the subtle weave of your tablecloth. Stop by and visit back! ~Zuni

  19. Diane — your tablescape is gorgeous! Featuring you tomorrow! HUGS, Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

    • Diane says

      Oh Clydia…thank you sooo much! I feel so very blessed. {hugs}

  20. Diane your table is gorgeous. I would love to work behind the scenes on a float too. Happy New Year wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop. I hope you will stop by again soon. I posted the new giveaway! xo

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Katie!! 😀 I’m glad to know another who thinks working on a float would be a blast too!!!
      Wishing you An Extraordinary week!

  21. Diane, your table decor is stunning! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  22. What a gorgeous table! Everything is just beautiful. thank you for sharing at TTF. Have a fantastic day!

    • Diane says

      Awww thanks Diann!
      It was fun to do something a bit different. Usually I’m much more casual.
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!

  23. So pretty! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  24. That is beautiful! I love the blessings, very sweet!
    We had huge floats in college for the Christmas Parade… We had to make thousands of flowers each out of tissue paper, then they were sprayed! We worked like dogs in a cold warehouse for a month!
    I would like to have good seats and watch the parade, but that will never happen, so I enjoy it on tv!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!

    • Diane says

      I’m so glad you loved the blessings, Kathleen! It’s those little details that make it special to me.
      A month to make a float…goodness…that sounds like a ton of work….but I bet it was still fun. 😀 My dear friend from high school was at the Rose Parade and shared some photos on Facebook…yes I was just a little bit envious! 😀
      Thanks for hosting!!!

  25. Mark says

    Yes, everyone should work behind the scenes on a parade, at least once. You spend hours and hours making flowers out of crepe-paper (real ones in Pasadena, I suppose), and hot-gluing them on the back of some trailer, and picking threads of that whatever-it-is off of your burnt fingers. Then you march behind said float for a mile or so.The gay Pride parade in Houston TX, in steamy July, is excellent torture. A cold beer after is the gracious reward. But parades are great fun. I’ve liked them since I was in the marching band in high-school. I carried the big bass drum, so I couldn’t see what some horse in front of me had left for me to step into. Probably white boots for our band uniforms were not the best choice. But yes, march in a parade, whatever parade you wish. New years or whatever. If a parade is planned in your town, just call whoever, and volunteer. They’ll say, ‘Come on over’. Force your friends to come and watch you stagger down the hot street, then order them to pay up for whatever cause you are supporting. I do love a parade.


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