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11 New Year's Eve Tabletop Decoration Ideas

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11 New Year's Eve Tabletop Decoration Ideas

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11 New Year's Eve Tabletop Decoration Ideas

Hosting this year’s big New Year’s Eve party is a lot of pressure. It is, after all, the last bash of the year, the pinnacle for parties — a closing out the old and ringing in the new. Of course, there are high expectations and you want it to be unforgettable (or forgettable, depending on the kind of rager you are looking for), so the bar is set high for the new year.

Tablecloths

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Tablecloths

Your tablecloth is the foundation of your tabletop. There is no shortage of colorful and elaborate tablecloths. You can even be extra crafty and dye and decorate your own.

Tablecloths

Tablecloths

Wrapping paper table runners adds flavor and contrast. You can even use white butcher paper as your runner or tablecloth and then supply markers so guests can decorate and scribble their New Year’s resolutions on the table.

Plates

Plates

Plates are another important building block of your New Year’s Eve tabletop, not only because they hold the food (the most important part of your table), but because they add to your theme.

Plates

Plates

Some plates can display your own personality and character. Personalize plates with Sharpies or take it up a notch with do-it-yourself chevron plates using your theme colors. Your plates can even help count down the hours until the New Year.

Flatware/Utensils

Flatware/Utensils

No need to have flat flatware at your New Year’s Eve celebration. Fun alternatives to the run-of-the-mill flatware are metallic plastic knives and forks for an upgrade on white plastic.

Flatware/Utensils

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Flatware/Utensils

For a funky look, use black and white polka dot flatware. You can make festive flatware celebratory by decorating them with colored yarn or even paint. 

Glasses

Glasses

Glasses are another unexpected place for creativity and personalization. Spray-paint numbers on champagne glasses so guests can count down to the New Year (and also keep track of their glass, even if they had a few too many by the time the ball has dropped).

Glasses

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Glasses

Stems of wine glasses are not just for holding, so add shiny flair with gold-dipped glasses. Etched glasses can serve as personalized party mementos.

Glasses

Glasses

Guests can even get involved by drawing designs with paint pens on their own glasses as a fun DIY activity for New Years.

Drink Stirrers

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Drink Stirrers

Even though most of us spend more time sipping our drinks, stirrers can bring some pizzazz to your tabletop.

Drink Stirrers

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Drink Stirrers

There is always room for tinsel on New Year’s Eve, especially if it is peaking from the top of your cocktail glass in the form of do-it-yourself tinsel drink stirrers or pick up a pack of 24 tinsel drink stirrers). Sequins have their place at the New Year’s Eve table, too, with sequined star stirrers.

Napkins

Napkins

Some of us are not schooled in napkin etiquette, but napkins are yet another canvas on the tabletop.

Napkins

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Napkins

Why not be bold and continue the shimmer with pretty metallic bronze dinner napkins?

Napkins

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Napkins

You could definitely amaze guests by using napkin origami, the obscure art of ornately folded napkins, to create things like wintry snowflakes or winter doves.

Napkin Holders

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Napkin Holders

Napkin holders can take your tabletop to another dimension. Napkin holders could make your napkins look like prettily wrapped gifts with satin bow napkin holders.

Napkin Holders

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Napkin Holders

With the addition of sweetgum fruits they can even bring a hint of nature to the dinner table with star napkin holders. Whatever you choose, napkin holders add instant class.

Centerpiece

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Centerpiece

A centerpiece is often the anchor of the tabletop. Centerpieces can be edible, like that giant hunk of meat you slaved over, or they can show off your discerning eye.

Centerpiece

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Centerpiece

Give into New Year’s Eve’s loud glam with a glittery centerpiece  or assert your elegance with silver and gold vases for live flowers, candles, or cheerful drink stirrers. 

Place Cards

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Place Cards

Seating charts and place cards are not only for weddings, because keeping that tipsy aunt from yelling at artsy friends is also imperative at your dinner party.

Place Cards

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Place Cards

Fun party hats of different colors or personalized confetti-filled matchboxes can serve as great celebratory place cards.

Place Cards

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Place Cards

Festive homemade crackers or noisy part horns make for rowdy place markers, preparing your guests for the New Year

Candles

Candles

Candles can be an elegant addition to the tabletop to help set a romantic mood, but in the case of New Year’s Eve, glitter candles are absolutely necessary.

Candles

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Candles

Take it a step further by adding letters or "2016" with more decorated glitter candles. You can buy these at a party store or make them yourself!

Tabletop Decorations

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Tabletop Decorations

When all else fails, gold and silver star-shaped confetti can bring your tabletop to a New Year’s Eve-worthy level of festiveness.

Tabletop Decorations

Tabletop Decorations

Also, folded paper dodecahedrons or mini origami stars are fun to float on your New Year’s Eve table if you’re looking to give it a little extra flair!

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