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New Year’s Eve Tablescape in Black and Gold

Hello and Happy New Year,

New Year’s Eve tablescapes don’t have to be expensive and time consuming. This post shares how a Christmas table flipped to New Year’s Eve in just a few easy steps.

New Year’s Eve Tablescape in Black and Gold

First, the dining room was cleared of all Christmas decor except for a bit of greenery. If you are a New Year’s “purist” …meaning no Christmas decor can be mixed with the New Year’s decor… then put it all away. This tablescape will still work for your New Year, too.

New Year's Eve tables can use bits of Christmas greenery | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

   New Year’s Eve Tablescape DIY and Special Touches

When it comes to holiday decor, I try to convert generic items into holiday looks instead of buying theme-specific pieces.

DIY Bow Tie

  • This bow tie is a section of grosgrain ribbon cinched with a pipe cleaner and then twist-tied at the back of the vase.

  • The pipe cleaner works fine because this vase is sitting on a shelf in the hutch. There are two and if they were going on the table, I’d use a different technique. Truth is, there are a million ways to make bow ties. This was the quickest and easiest for this particular need.

  • I’ll link my Pinterest board of ideas at the bottom of the post.

  • Oh, and the shirt buttons are simply stick-on craft jewels.

New Year's Eve bow ties for vases and stemware are super easy to DIY | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

New Year’s Bells

  • The way I see it, “Ring in the New Year” bells aren’t really any different than most Christmas bells.

  • Although, I did tuck away the traditional “bell-shaped” models as they did look a bit too Christmasy.

  • Then add some sparkling ribbon to brighten the metal and you’re good to go.

Ring in the New Year with Christmas bells sporting sparkling ribbon | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

DIY New Year’s Eve Tablecloth

  • If you saw my Christmas tablescape, then you read my little confession about how I made the black tablecloth.

  • To convert the Christmas tablecloth into a New Year’s Eve model, I simply added a black tulle over the top.

  • I know it sounds too simple, but it totally works.

A plain black tablecloth gets an easy glam upgrade for New Year's Eve | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

Layers of Light and Sparkle

  • Add light and anything that sparkles at different heights.

  • I cut the bottoms off of the tapers to get them to the desired height.

  • Just slice through the with wax with a warm knife and snip the wick with a scissor. Easy peasy.

A black tie on a boxwood wreath is a quiet nod to New Year's Eve formal | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

Candle and Battery Backups

  • And have a backup set of candles ready to replace the first set.

  • Depending on how long your gathering goes, the candles may burn down dangerously low.

  • The same is true for fairy light batteries.

  • Use new batteries in the fairy lights or be prepared with a quick-grab, change-out set.

  • Having the lights go down on the table is the equivalent to having a tablescape’s flowers wilt.

  • 🙁

  • Don’t let this happen to you.

Layer sparkle and light at different levels | New Year's Eve | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

Beads or Confetti?

  • Honestly, I shopped for confetti or stars or little sparkly words to lay on the table and came up empty.

  • So these beads are from Christmas, but purchased from the wedding section on Amazon.

  • They make a striking free-form table runner.

Black and gold New Year's Eve table | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

  • Plus, they won’t spill glitter all over. 

  • Yes, I will miss that special sparkly from the glitter, but not when it comes to clean up….so….

  • Maybe this is kind of a win-win.

Two elements for a New Year's Eve table are levels and sparkle | Add plenty of each | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable


  • Instead of flat clock faces, vintage clocks are set at each place setting.

  • I had them on hand and it creates a different look.

  • The point is to always shop your house.

  • We can always make standard themes our own by using the unique items we have on hand.

Clocks and clock faces are standard New Year's Eve decor | Make your table unique and 3-D by using a collection of tiny clocks | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

The Wedding Section

  • The eyeglasses and plates were found in the wedding section of the craft store.

  • Always remember to shop the wedding section.

Kate Spade

  • And remember Kate Spade decor was made for New Year’s Eve.

  • Check Home Goods and online for generic plates with dots and/or stripes.

Don't forget to check the wedding section for New Year's Eve decor | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

New Year’s Eve Tablescape

Then, put it all together and enjoy.

Mixed metals in sliver and gold break up the monotony of plain black and gold | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

Sparkled tulle over a basic black tablecloth adds an unexpected layer of texture | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

What are the best items for a New Year's Eve table? | Anything that glitters, glows, sparkles or shines | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

Create a fabulous New Year's Eve table the easy way | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

When it comes to creative tables, the fabric store is your BFF | Find out how | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

Make a freeform table runner out of beads | New Year's Eve | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

Next year, when setting your Christmas table, think about how you can use the styling as a quick flip to New Year’s Eve.

Touches of New Year's Eve mix with bits of tie over Christmas | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

The tablecloth was simply washed and tossed back onto the table. It didn’t even need ironing.

Are you allergic? Nix the fresh flowers and ramp up the sparkle | New Year's Eve | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

And the first wave of packing away Christmas decor is done.

Create a festive New Year's Eve dining room without all of the fuss and muss | | #newyearseve #happynewyear #tablescape #newyearsevetable

Just like that, that’s all there is to it.

Happy New Year, Friends.

Please don’t forget to PIN your favorite photos.

Link to my New Year’ s Eve Pinterest board.


  • Reply Susanne K Stewart December 29, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Gorgeous! I just love the idea of clocks at every place setting! I need to come down for New Year’s Eve!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 29, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks Susanne! Yes, you do…if you like simple, laid back and take-out for New Year’s Eve….I’m your girl.

  • Reply Marie B December 30, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    So elegant, Suzie, love the sparkle and shine! Very cute idea adding bowties to your tall white vases in the china cabinet. Adding clocks to each place setting is a great idea too. We could all use for sparkle and shine to bring in 2021. I’m adopting the Irish tradition of opening the back door at might to bid 2020 farewell and opening the front door to welcome 2021 with a huge hug. LOL Happy New Year my friend! xo

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