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.
If you have missed the last few months tablescapes, you can click on any of the links below and see the post.
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.
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
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.
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.
New Year’s Eve Place Settings
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
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”.
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