Tablescape: New Year’s Decor for Group Meals

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Sir Walter Scott, famous 18th century historical novelist, said, “Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.”
 
For centuries, people have celebrating the New Year.  But celebrating the new year doesn’t have to be confined to just one night and the next day. So, if you have to decorate for a group luncheon or dinner in January, it is perfectly appropriate to use a New Year’s theme. If the year is 12 months long, you have at least the whole month of January to use this theme.

 

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This club luncheon combines a New Year’s champagne theme with a snowflake theme for a colorful and sparkly look. The color scheme is silver and white with royal blue, purple and turquoise as accents. The silver trees, silver balls and white and silver beaded garland  for the food table centerpiece are decorations I have had for many years and find them very versatile to use.

 


 
I used white plastic tablecoverings for each table with alternating  plastic toppers of royal blue, purple and turquoise, with large white paper doilies as placemats. The doilies have the look of snowflakes. The cutlery and white napkins are tied up in clear plastic treat bags that have royal blue, purple and turquoise snowflakes printed on them. I used the same colors for the ribbons tying the bags closed. Since this was a buffet luncheon, having the cutlery and napkin at each place setting makes it easier for the guests who have to fill and carry their plates from the food table.

 

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The table centerpieces are made with a runner of bubble wrap with a row of champagne flute glasses on it. Each flute has a square of clear cellophane and a square of bubble wrap tucked in it to simulate the look of champagne’s sparkling bubbles.

 

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I used glass champagne glasses, but you could use plastic champagne glasses. I chose to do the repetitive row of glasses because it stretches the centerpiece down the length of the long table. This allows each guest at any seat to see the centerpiece closely.

 

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Plastic snowflakes and silver beaded garlands are also draped along the length of the centerpiece. Both are very inexpensive Christmas decorations which can be used over and over again in different ways; you can also save money by buying them right after Christmas on clearance to use at your January meal.

 

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The two-foot-tall glass cylinder vases from Michaels were used at the doorway of the meeting room to create a snowy look that reflects the snowflake theme inside the room. The vases were filled with cotton batting and plastic fake snow, and the iced branches are floral picks attached to long dowels with brown floral tape, which are all available at most craft stores. Draped at the bottom of the vases is a length of sheer white fabric.
 
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Try some of these decorating tips or adapt them to be your own,  and you’re bound to start the new year for your guests in a most memorable way!

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