New Year’s Silver & Gold Tablescape

New Year’s Silver & Gold Tablescape

I hope that you all enjoyed the holidays! Shortly after Christmas, I started working on our New Year’s meal; it is the Greek tradition to continue this season’s holidays with a big celebration on January 1st, St. Basil’s Day, with family and friends, and a festive and well prepared meal! Every household that hosts on New Year’s takes time well in advance to plan a rich menu and an elegant tablescape. It is the perfect occasion to take out our best china, crystal glasses, table linens and silver flatware.

To decorate my dining table this New Year, I am mixing my china with a humble item from the farmer’s market …

-Berry Basket 3 -

… a few plastic mesh berry baskets!

I spray painted a dozen of them gold and filled them with goodies appropriate for all ages. Every basket is placed on each of my guest’s dish and serves quite a few purposes:

(1) The baskets are mostly decorative and when gathered all together, they fill the table in such a glamorous but inexpensive and effortless way.

Four Berry Baskets For New Year -

(2) Everyone can take home his/her basket! I love seeing my guest leaving with something from my home!

New Year Tablescape -

(3) It’s also a great idea to use the baskets in lieu of a place card holder.  Each of them holds the monogram of every guest and makes sitting at the dining table an easy and fun process!

Berry Basket With Monogram -

I filled these little baskets with only a few items, but enough to add some holiday glam: A wooden monogram which I spray painted with gold glitter spray, two shiny little ornaments (one gold, one silver), a chocolate wrapped in gold foil and a small pine branch that I cut from an artificial garland. Inside the basket I placed some gold tissue paper and the entire basket is wrapped in a long golden sheer ribbon that forms a generous bow on top. Nothing expensive, but all very impressive, mostly because of the color choice.

Berry Baskets Filled With New Year Goodies - mydearirene.com_edited-1

In the center of the table, a three-tier cake stand decorated with gold shiny Christmas balls, votive candles and pine branches completes the festive look.

Three Tier Stand -

The clear glass votive candle holders are nothing more than super-market chocolate pudding jars which I’ve been using to decorate on so many occasions, such as this one.

New Year's Tablescape

3tiercakestand -

Votives On Stand

Votive Candles On Cake Stand

As I’m using placemats instead of a tablecloth, I added a length of wrinkled gold fabric on both sides of the cake stand to add the texture that was missing. No need to sew the fabric as the unfinished edges are well hidden, tucked underneath the fabric. These larger votive candle holders placed on the table along the fabric are an another super market treasure – a crème brulée glass jar!  What I especially like about these jars is that they hold larger votive candles.

Votive Candle Holders -

Happy New Year!

Monogram In Berry Basket -

Materials used for the baskets: ** plastic mesh berry baskets from the local farmer’s market spray painted in Rut-Oleum Metallic Gold ** Wooden Letters spray painted in Rust Oleum Glitter Spray (spray paint in advance as the glitter has a strong odor for a few days) ** Ferrero Rocher chocolates **


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Hi! I'm Angelica! For the last ten years I've been sharing my cooking, home projects and ideas with my sister Irene. "Once Again, My Dear Irene" is just an extension of our daily chats. Moreover "My Dear Irene" Continue Reading