New Year’s Tablescape with a “Timely” Twist

new year's tablescape and place setting with a white dinner plate layered with a clear dinner plate and a vintage clock face betwwen them small vintage clocks all around the plate for decoration white linen napkin tied with black white striped ribbbon and fork and knife tucked in champagne flute to right of plate vintage books stacked with clocks on top of them and silver tinsel garland wound throughout the clocks

It’s tablescape day for my monthly dinner club, and this month we’re showing how to ring in the New Year with a beautiful table.  So, I want to share how I created my New Year’s tablescape with a “Timely” Twist. 



If you are coming over from Simply 2 Moms welcome!  I’m so glad you’re here! 
Wasn’t Anne and AnnMarie’s tablescape so beautiful and creative??


I love all of the inspiration there is with this talented group of ladies each month.   It’s always so fun to see what everyone comes up with. 

I want to welcome, Aliya from Open Doors Open Hearts, as our guest host this month.   We are so happy to have her joining us. 

photo of kitchen with white cabinets and white open shelving fresh greenery garland around window over sink area

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If you have missed the last few months tablescapes, you can click on any of the links below and see the post. 

Holiday Tablescape with Fresh Greenery

How To Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpiece

A Woodsy Tablescape for Fall

A Football Tailgate Party Tablescape



How I create a tablescape centerpiece



I’ve shared many times that I like to start creating my tablescapes with an inspiration piece.  This gives me a starting place and keeps me focused on the theme. 

Then I begin brainstorming about other things to use with my inspiration piece to create a beautiful and interesting table. 

I love making a creative table without spending a lot of money.  So, I try to use mostly things I already have.  If I have to purchase things, I do that very inexpensively by shopping at discount stores or thrift shops. 

If I make an investment purchase, I make sure it is something that I will be using in lots of different tablescapes in the future.  For example, white plates, glassware, silverware or white linen napkins. 

All of those things could be used in a tablescape of any color or theme which make them worth more of an investment.

My New Year’s Tablescape Inspiration



A couple of years ago I began collecting vintage clock faces.  I kept an eye out for them at thrift shops and antique stores.  Honestly, I haven’t really found any at thrift stores, so most of mine are from antique shops, but I don’t pay a lot for them.   


Then, my collection grew to small old clocks.  I have definitely found lots of these at thrift stores. 

Last year when Christmas was over and I had taken all of the decorations off the tree, I had the idea to decorate my vintage Christmas tree with the clock faces.

cream color vintage christ,mas tree decorated with vintage clock faces and black and white stripe ribbon garland white cane back chair and gray shutter standing beside it



We host a group of friends for New Year’s Day lunch and I thought it would be fun to have the tree decorated for the occasion. 

More recently, I have started collecting larger clocks and have something planned for those in a few weeks.  You’ll just have to wait to see!!

I decided the clocks would be my starting point and inspiration piece for my New Year’s table centerpiece this year.

How I used the clocks for my New Year’s table decoration

new year's tablescape and place setting with a white dinner plate layered with a clear dinner plate and a vintage clock face betwwen them small vintage clocks all around the plate for decoration white linen napkin tied with black white striped ribbbon and fork and knife tucked in champagne flute to right of plate vintage books stacked with clocks on top of them and silver tinsel garland wound throughout the clocks

I used a cream and black linen table runner down the center of my table to help anchor the centerpiece. 

I started with a larger white clock in the center of my table as the focal point and centerpiece, then draped a pocket watch chain over the top of the clock and let the watch rest on the table.  The pocket watch was my great grandfather’s, and I loved incorporating it into my New Year’s table centerpiece.   

3 vintage clocks and a vintage pocket watch and silver christmas ball used for a new year's table centerpiece



I created some layers down the center of my table on either side of the centerpiece clock using stacks of vintage books.  I varied the height buy using different amounts of books.  Some stacks have only 1 book and some have 2 or 3. 

Since most of my clocks are black and/or white, I kept my colors for the table the same.  So, the books I used are either light neutral or black covers. 



From there, I just began placing clocks here and there until I liked the look.  Some are just the clock faces and some are from my small clock collection. 

When I was done arranging my clocks, I added a few vintage silver Christmas balls here and there.  And the finishing touch was a narrow silver tinsel garland that I weaved throughout the centerpiece and a few tea lights in clear holders.

The vintage balls, tinsel garland and tealights added just a touch of sparkle to my New Year’s Eve table.

overhead view of new year's tablescape with 6 place settings with a white dinner plate layered with a clear dinner plate and a vintage clock face betwwen them small vintage clocks all around the plate for decoration white linen napkin tied with black white striped ribbbon and fork and knife tucked in champagne flute to right of plate vintage books stacked with clocks on top of them and silver tinsel garland wound throughout the clocks

New Year’s Eve Place Settings

new year's tablescape and place setting with a white dinner plate layered with a clear dinner plate and a vintage clock face betwwen them small vintage clocks all around the plate for decoration white linen napkin tied with black white striped ribbbon and fork and knife tucked in champagne flute to right of plate vintage books stacked with clocks on top of them and silver tinsel garland wound throughout the clocks


 
I used a white dinner plate with a gold rim at each place.  These are part of my thrifted white dinner plate collection. 

One of my metal clock faces was placed in the center of each plate and topped with a clear dinner plate.

The clear plates were purchased at the Dollar Store for $1 each.

I tied white linen napkins with black and white striped ribbon and tucked in my silverware. 

And pieces of the tinsel garland tied around the stem of a champagne flute was a fun little added touch. 


one last detail for my New Year’s table with vintage clocks


canvas utility apron on white chair back with silverware tied with brown striped ribbon and piece of pine tucked inside pocket


Remember the canvas aprons I used on the backs of my chairs last year??


Well, I pulled them out and tucked in a clock face and glitter numbers I found at the party supply store that say “2022”. 

overhead view of new year's tablescape with 6 place settings with a white dinner plate layered with a clear dinner plate and a vintage clock face betwwen them small vintage clocks all around the plate for decoration white linen napkin tied with black white striped ribbbon and fork and knife tucked in champagne flute to right of plate vintage books stacked with clocks on top of them and silver tinsel garland wound throughout the clocks

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29 thoughts on “New Year’s Tablescape with a “Timely” Twist

    1. Thanks so much Stacy! I really appreciate that and I’m so glad you like it!

  1. Michele,
    I adore your table and that tree is amazing. I need more clock faces and seeing your stunning table.

    1. Oh, thanks so much Rachel! I really appreciate that! I have enjoyed collecting them for the past few years!

  2. Your collection is amazing, Michele! I love how you incorporated it into your table, and the tree is such a fun touch!

    1. Thanks Jen! It was a fun tablescape to put together.

  3. I absolutely love every detail of your New Year’s Eve tablescape. Clocks must’ve been a thing this year! I love the clock faces on each place setting.

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I’ve really enjoyed collecting the clocks and faces for the past few years.

  4. Michelle!!! I love all the details of your table! All those clock faces are gorgeous and perfect for New Years! And your tree last year was so awesome! I usually just have the twinkling lights… that is so cute!!! XoXo

    1. Thanks so much Aliya! I’m so glad you like it and thank you for the kind words!

  5. Michele, this is so beautiful! I love it so much. I’m going to start looking for vintage clock faces. Hugs to you,

    1. So glad you liked it Renae! They are really fun to be on the search for.

  6. Couldn’t get any more beautiful. Just GREAT!

    1. Oh,thanks so much! So glad you liked it!

  7. New Year’s tree – original and fun idea

    1. Thank you! So glad you liked it and I really appreciate you following along and commenting.

  8. Debra Matcovich says:

    I also collect clocks. My collection is not as large as yours but just as precious. I do a small tabletop New Year’s tree and I use all my dad’s old wristwatches. I also add other clock parts. I love your collection it’s gorgeous. I remember growing up with the sound of a Big Ben wind up clock next to my bed. The ticking could drive you crazy. Have a wonderful Holliday and I do look forward to your posts.

    1. Oh, I love the idea of the watches on your tree! Go glad you enjoyed the post, and I truly appreciate your kind words. Merry Christmas to you!!

  9. Michele, I love everything about this tablescape!! Now I need to start collecting clock faces !

  10. This is the most gorgeous New Years’ table I’ve ever seen. So much creativity. I only hope I can one day create something as beautiful as this for the holiday. I’d love to feature this in my Saltwater Sounds this week.

    1. Aww, thanks so much Kim! I truly appreciate your kind words and so glad you like my tablescape. I would be honored to be in your Saltwater Sounds this week! Merry Christmas my friend!

  11. This is so inspiring! I’m on the lookout for clocks now! You just have so many great ideas on how to use them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Robyn! That really means a lot, and thanks so much for including my in this round up!

  12. I love seeing what other people collect in other parts of the country! Happy New Year Michele!

    1. Thank you, and Happy New Year to you Jennifer!

  13. Beautiful tablescape Michele! You have a fantastic collection of clocks and dials, and I can’t wait to see how you decorate with them. I’m excited to feature your post this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Happy New Year!

    1. Oh, thanks so much!!! I will be sure and mention it on my Saturday post.

  14. I absolutely love this tablescape! So creative and fun for a New Years’ celebration! The clock faces looked amazing on the Christmas tree as well! Happy New Year, Donna

    1. Thank you! I have really enjoyed collecting the clocks!

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