A Sophisticated New Year's Eve: Table Setting Ideas

When you’re starting off a new year you tend to want to start it off the right way, and making a nice dinner with some elegant place settings is a great way to do just that.


While most of us probably don’t have fancy China or super high-end serving pieces and linens to pull together the ultimate in New Years Eve table decorating, it is possible to have elegance without a big price tag. And you can do it with things you probably already have around the house.

After sifting around in my linens and dishes, I came across some basic black napkins and pretty gold plates that were purchased at a thrift shop. This New Year’s eve table needed lots of sparkle, and the best way to get the most for my money was to buy a roll glittered wrapping paper. (It’s pretty convenient that there is lots of great Christmas wrap out before New Year’s!) While I was at the store where I bought the wrapping paper, I picked up some gold and silver plastic chargers for about a dollar apiece.

To tie the whole place setting together, I went through my costume jewelry and pulled out sparkly brooches, pearl bracelets and anything else I could find with a lot of silver and shine.

With a length of the silver glitter wrapping paper as a runner on top of a plain white tablecloth you can create instant drama. In this place setting, I used a piece of the wrapping paper to make a “ribbon” and fastened the napkin to the plate with it. On top, I put a black feather fascinator I happened to have on hand ($2 at the craft store if you purchase) and topped it off with a brooch. All sparkle, all elegance, and all very inexpensive.

If you want to forget the brooches, use bracelets to band your napkins for a whole new look.

As a third option, make a ribbon out of the wrapping paper (or use a fabric ribbon) and loop it around a rolled napkin, using a bit of glue to fasten it. Put a sparkly gem or small brooch on the ribbon to accent.

The only thing I had to purchase for the settings was the $4 roll of wrapping paper—all you have to do is get a little creative with what you have on hand to create an elegant and sophisticated place setting.

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