aesthetically speaking: new year’s eve tablescape

we love to ring in the new year surrounded by our favorite people, enjoying good food, a little bubbly and a lot of laughs! as we have mentioned in our thanksgiving tablescape post we especially love a good time on a budget.

if you’ve already hosted a holiday party this year, the first budget friendly tip is to re-use certain elements from a previous tablescape. we sure did here. next, we suggest gathering items from around your home that can be used such as beautiful boxes, trays, vases, candles, glassware, dishes, and of course, your serving and eating utensils. we always love to mix vintage pieces into our table set-ups for unique conversation starters, so be sure to really think outside the box when gathering items from around your home!

we always love gold, but it is especially appropriate for a new year’s eve celebration! this year we wanted to show you how to work gold into two different table set-ups. the first has a more traditional color palette that you come to expect with the holiday, while the second is more of a moody color palette that we personally loved when it all finally came together. it really stood out. whichever you prefer, we’ll be sharing our sources for both below!

the traditional palette


for our more traditional color palette above, we kept it mostly in a monochromatic white and gold theme with a few other accent colors to celebrate the upcoming year! we started our table with a silver and gold ikat runner to tie in our favorite gold flatware with our wine and champagne glasses. (similar found here and here)

we love to layer our tables. for new year’s eve, we layered our drinking glasses and added in our favorite cordial glasses. the bright, clean pop of white is carried through from our runner to our metallic rimmed plates, which have an organic shape that really keeps that casual, but chic vibe flowing. we added a fun pattern with the salad plates. placing a candle on top of each place setting gives it a personal touch that your guests can take home with them, so be sure they are scented! it will be a daily reminder for days to come of the wonderful memories made this night.

once we found these festive napkin rings, we thought we could easily repeat our thanksgiving mini lattice napkins once more for new year’s eve and no one would notice!

our centerpiece was a mixture of our favorite vintage pieces — front and center was our vintage copper champagne bucket, which could not be more appropriate for a celebration! we brought the eye back down thanks to a hexagon inlaid box, our antique salt & pepper shakers and individual buds in vintage spice jars. we love the warm glow of a candle in our centerpiece. finally, we accented our table with small splashes of red by using apples and tiny bud flowers to bring a small pop of color to the event!

the moody palette

while we love a clean and bright tablescape, we really love a dark and moody tablescape! the combination of matte black and pops of gold are really speaking to us this year, and we couldn’t wait to use some our favorite pieces for a new year’s party. i mean, how unexpected, yet beautiful, are these matte black plates and soup bowls? they work perfectly with our vintage smoked drinking glasses on the side. we used the same gold flatware that we can’t get enough of this year, and added in pattern by using black and gold greek key chargers. (you could also use this gold charger) we loved the brightness and pattern the global print napkins brought to the table, and how they pulled in our mid-century serving tray in the center of the table.


for our centerpiece here we were so excited to add a bit of whimsy to our moody setting, so, we used dried globe thistle in purple for a subtle pop of color to draw your eye to our vintage display dome. here, we really wanted to keep it playful and interesting, so we sat our favorite owl statue atop vintage books and put him front and center.

our animal theme continued to our vintage phoenix coffee set, to keep the caffeine flowing, and our guests up past midnight! we’ve also stashed away some sweeteners of choice in our vintage oval black and brass box for those guest who like it very sweet. remember, the center of your table can display both aesthetic and useful pieces. don’t be afraid to use vintage boxes to stash toothpicks or mints! guests will eye those beautiful boxes all night, and be even more excited they weren’t there just to envy!

new year’s eve is above all a time to celebrate, so we love to pour glasses of champagne or sparkling cider before guests sit down. this adds that bit of sparkle and elegance that welcomes them to sit down and enjoy themselves!

from all of us here at kpi, we want to wish you and yours a very happy new year’s celebration.

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